Understanding of common law is not so common. Whilst the formal distinction between civil and common law is well understood, the rise of statute displacing the common law approach is blurring the edges. In Hong Kong legislation, like competition law, that adopts principles alien to the common law has been growing. However, common law remains crucial to Hong Kong’s edge as a global and regional commercial hub.

Great liberal thinkers like Adam Smith, Bruno Leoni and Frederick Hayek have argued that processes for the discovery of private law are a vital foundation for liberty and human progress.

In our 3rd of the Lion Rock Symposia, inspired by a suggestion from the 2nd, we propose discussing the common law as a foundation for liberty and prosperity, its heritage and what Hong Kong’s success owes to that tradition.

“Symposiarch” (Greek: συμπόσιάρχης:symposiárchēs) Stacey has asked Stephen Crosswell, Hong Kong’s leading authority on Competition Law and a pioneer in reviving understanding of the common law, to kick off our discussion.

Mr. Stephen Crosswell
Baker & McKenzie

Hong Kong The chair of Baker McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific Antitrust & Competition Group and the TMT Industry Group. He is also the head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia-Pacific Antitrust & Competition Group Greater China Antitrust & Competition team. More…

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Date: Tuesday, 19th of March 2024

Venue: Private Dining Room, Ladies Recreation Club, 10 Old Peak Road, Hong Kong

Cost: HKD 1,000 (covering food, drink and a small contribution to administrative costs)

Topic: The common law

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The 3rd of LRI Symposia: The common law