Confucius knew the will of Heaven when he was at 50. We are now 50 years old, but do we know the purpose of institutional life and our destiny? At this moment, we shall reflect on our past successes and failures and look forward to, and plan for, our future. The ongoing protest and the resultant governance crisis remind us of our duties in supporting the rule of law and good governance in Hong Kong. The rule of law has established a pivotal role within Hong Kong’s collective DNA and our Faculty has a unique role in maintaining it.
The Faculty is a leading legal education provider in Hong Kong. We bear a unique responsibility to educate and train future lawyers and judges, sustain the common law system, and serve the people in Hong Kong. As a Faculty, we are rooted in Hong Kong, and we must develop our core competence in common law as it is practised in Hong Kong. Our future development must be based on that foundational understanding.