UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws lead Rule of Law workshop in Beijing

9 April 2014

On Tuesday 8 April, a UCL Laws team led by Dean Professor Dame Hazel Genn, Ronan McCrea, Kimberley Trapp and special guest of honour Lord Carnwath, Justice of the UK Supreme Court, headed up the second UCL/Hong Kong University Rule of Law workshop and moot court in Beijing in partnership with Peking University Law School.

Generously supported by distinguished Hong Kong alumnus Winston Chu and the Vinson Chu Foundation, the workshop ‘Individual, Public Interest and the Rule of Law’ featured a moot court presided by Lord Carnwath in which Ronan McCrea and Kimberly Trapp presented opposing arguments in a judicial review hearing concerning environmental law issues. As well as substantive questions on protection of the environment of common concern in the UK and China, the case stimulated lively debate around issues of standing and freedom of information. The workshop was attended by academics and judiciary as well as students from a number of universities in Beijing and provided a valuable opportunity for exchange and debate.

The workshop was followed the next evening by the first UCL Laws Alumni Reception in Beijing, generously hosted by UCL Laws Alumna Monica Sun (LLM 2003) and Herbert Smith Freehills Beijing.

Around 40 alumni and incoming LLM and LLB students attended the reception which offered an opportunity to hear more about the Faculty and discuss our programmes with the UCL Laws team. This very successful and enjoyable inaugural reception has laid a firm foundation for future alumni development in China.