UCL Faculty of Laws


2016 Bentham association presidential address & dinner

16 March 2016, 6:15 pm–11:00 pm


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UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Wilkins Building, Bloomsbury, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC, Dean of the UCL Faculty of Laws, is delighted to announce that the 2016 Bentham Association Presidential Address and Dinner will be delivered by:

The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey MA Tao-Li GBM
Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong
“In Praise of an Old, Honourable and Distinguished Friend: The Bar”

The evening includes a cocktail reception, the Presidential Address, and dinner. It is a non-profit making event, and is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and have some fun. Please be sure to tell us who you would like to sit with at dinner and we will do our best to incorporate that into the table plan.

We would love to see as many of you there as possible however there are a limited number of places so please do book your places soon.

If you would prefer to book your place offline then please use the offline booking form which is downloadable from:

Any queries please email lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk or phone 020 3108 8508

About the Hon Chief Justice Geoffrey MA Tao-Li GBM

Chief Justice Ma was born in Hong Kong in 1956. He studied law and graduated with an LLB from Birmingham University in 1977. After completing the Bar Finals in 1978, he was called to the English Bar (Gray’s Inn) in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the Bar of the State of Victoria in Australia in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993. He became an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2004. In 2011, he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham. In 2012, he became an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Chief Justice Ma was appointed a Recorder of the Court of First Instance from 2000 to 2001 before his appointment as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in 2001. He was appointed a Justice of Appeal in 2002, and became Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003. Before joining the Judiciary, Chief Justice Ma was in private practice in Hong Kong and in Singapore.

Chief Justice Ma is a Patron of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; he is also a Patron of the International Advocacy Training Council.

Chief Justice Ma was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in June 2012.