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Year of Call: 2004 mpalmer@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

B.Sc (Econ.), London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) 1967.
M.A. (Chinese Studies), SOAS (University of London), 1968.
LL.B., Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 1978.
LL.D., University of London, 2002.
Professor of Law, University of London.
Chair, Centre of East Asian Law, SOAS, University of London.
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS, University of London.
Chair, Subject Board in Social Science, University of London.
Visiting Professor of Law, SPACE, University of Hong Kong.
Adjunct Professor London Law Centre, University of Notre Dame.
Visiting Professor, Faculte Internationale de Droit Compare, Universite Robert Schuman, Strasbourg.
Visiting Professor of Law, Renmin University Law School, Beijing, China.
Visiting Professor of Law, California Western School of Law, San Diego, USA

Professional Training Responsibilities:

Academic Convenor, ”Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers”
Joint Academic Convenor, "Lord Chancellor's Judicial Training Scheme for Chinese Judges"

1990 (October) to 1993 (October): Head, China Law Unit, Attorney-General's Chambers, Hong Kong, (on special secondment from the University of London).

1992 (April) to 1993 (April): Secretary and Member, "Governor's Working Party on Legal and Judicial Relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland [China]".

1999 special advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to assist in preparations for China's accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

1997 to present, at various times, advisor and contributor to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, an official programme of cooperation intended to assist China's accession to the ICCPR.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Chinese Law

In the Estate of Kwan Kai Ming, Hong Kong (Chinese customary marriage, concubinage, and succession to property)
Re: Tse Shi On (Validity of Chinese marriage)
Tang v. Tang, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division).
Re: The Temple of the Roof of Tai Uk Wai Village, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage organisation membership and management).
Tsang v. Cheung, Hong Kong (Chinese family property)
Chan Pui Tak v. The Attorney General, Chan Pui Tak, and Chan Yik ki, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage organisation membership)
Leung v. Lo, Hong Kong (Chinese wills in traditional Chinese law)
AG v. Lam Chi Kei & ors, Hong Kong (rights of indigenous villagers)
R. v. Ewan Launder (extradition to Hong Kong)
In the Estate of Loa Tai & Loa Yau, Hong Kong (Succession to property in traditional Chinese law)
Comapake Inc. v. China Jiangsu Textile Import & Export Group (Contract law in the People's Republic of China)
Cheung Chee Keung v. Chong Sz Tak Tong, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division)
Li v. Li, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division)
Hsu Tong & Ors v. Tsui & Ors, Hong Kong (Chinese burial rights)
Wong v. Ho, (chinese marriage and divorce)
In the matter of Chan Yat Fai & Ors, Hong Kong (legitimacy in the law in the People's Republic of China)
Chan Kwok Ping v. Liu Yuk Ying, Hong Kong (Marriage and succession in traditional Chinese law)
Li Tai Ying & Tang Chi Cheong v. The Attorney General of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Chinese religious organisation - appointment of managers)
Leng Ping Chung v. Lo Hung Yin & Ors, Hong Kong (Adoption and succession in traditional Chinese law)
Mak Chow Po Ching Amy v. Sik Chuen, Hong Kong (Chinese Buddhist monastic property)
Tang Man Kit v. Hip Hing Timber Co, Hong Kong (Companies in traditional Chinese law)
Mutual Luck Investment Ltd v. Chiu Yat Hung, Hong Kong (Tenancy in traditional Chinese law)
In the Estate of Chan Kam Yin, Hong Kong (Management of and succession to family property in traditional Chinese law)
In the Estate of Lau Wai Chau, Hong Kong (Succession to property and lineage organisation property in traditional Chinese law)
Wei Hsi & Ors. v. The Bank of Montreal, New York (Succession rights in mainland China)
Wu Jiangsu v. Alfred J. Rey (Divorce in the People's Republic of China)
Tam, Lui, & Chan v. Director of Immigration, Hong Kong (adoption procedures in the PRC; right of abode in Hong Kong under Article 24 of the Basic Law of the HK SAR)
Lim Por Yen v. Highfit Development Co & Koo Siu Ying, Hong Kong (Matrimonial gifts and concubinage in traditional Chinese law)
Yau Wing Kwong v. Chung Ying Tai, Yau Yuet Ming, Yau Yun Tai, Hong Kong (Adoption and succession).

Professor Michael Palmer - Associate

Professor Michael Palmer - Associate

Year of Call: 2004
Email: mpalmer@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

B.Sc (Econ.), London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) 1967.
M.A. (Chinese Studies), SOAS (University of London), 1968.
LL.B., Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 1978.
LL.D., University of London, 2002.
Professor of Law, University of London.
Chair, Centre of East Asian Law, SOAS, University of London.
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS, University of London.
Chair, Subject Board in Social Science, University of London.
Visiting Professor of Law, SPACE, University of Hong Kong.
Adjunct Professor London Law Centre, University of Notre Dame.
Visiting Professor, Faculte Internationale de Droit Compare, Universite Robert Schuman, Strasbourg.
Visiting Professor of Law, Renmin University Law School, Beijing, China.
Visiting Professor of Law, California Western School of Law, San Diego, USA

Professional Training Responsibilities:

Academic Convenor, ”Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers”
Joint Academic Convenor, "Lord Chancellor's Judicial Training Scheme for Chinese Judges"

1990 (October) to 1993 (October): Head, China Law Unit, Attorney-General's Chambers, Hong Kong, (on special secondment from the University of London).

1992 (April) to 1993 (April): Secretary and Member, "Governor's Working Party on Legal and Judicial Relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland [China]".

1999 special advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to assist in preparations for China's accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

1997 to present, at various times, advisor and contributor to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, an official programme of cooperation intended to assist China's accession to the ICCPR.

Areas of expertise

Chinese Law

In the Estate of Kwan Kai Ming, Hong Kong (Chinese customary marriage, concubinage, and succession to property)
Re: Tse Shi On (Validity of Chinese marriage)
Tang v. Tang, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division).
Re: The Temple of the Roof of Tai Uk Wai Village, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage organisation membership and management).
Tsang v. Cheung, Hong Kong (Chinese family property)
Chan Pui Tak v. The Attorney General, Chan Pui Tak, and Chan Yik ki, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage organisation membership)
Leung v. Lo, Hong Kong (Chinese wills in traditional Chinese law)
AG v. Lam Chi Kei & ors, Hong Kong (rights of indigenous villagers)
R. v. Ewan Launder (extradition to Hong Kong)
In the Estate of Loa Tai & Loa Yau, Hong Kong (Succession to property in traditional Chinese law)
Comapake Inc. v. China Jiangsu Textile Import & Export Group (Contract law in the People's Republic of China)
Cheung Chee Keung v. Chong Sz Tak Tong, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division)
Li v. Li, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division)
Hsu Tong & Ors v. Tsui & Ors, Hong Kong (Chinese burial rights)
Wong v. Ho, (chinese marriage and divorce)
In the matter of Chan Yat Fai & Ors, Hong Kong (legitimacy in the law in the People's Republic of China)
Chan Kwok Ping v. Liu Yuk Ying, Hong Kong (Marriage and succession in traditional Chinese law)
Li Tai Ying & Tang Chi Cheong v. The Attorney General of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Chinese religious organisation - appointment of managers)
Leng Ping Chung v. Lo Hung Yin & Ors, Hong Kong (Adoption and succession in traditional Chinese law)
Mak Chow Po Ching Amy v. Sik Chuen, Hong Kong (Chinese Buddhist monastic property)
Tang Man Kit v. Hip Hing Timber Co, Hong Kong (Companies in traditional Chinese law)
Mutual Luck Investment Ltd v. Chiu Yat Hung, Hong Kong (Tenancy in traditional Chinese law)
In the Estate of Chan Kam Yin, Hong Kong (Management of and succession to family property in traditional Chinese law)
In the Estate of Lau Wai Chau, Hong Kong (Succession to property and lineage organisation property in traditional Chinese law)
Wei Hsi & Ors. v. The Bank of Montreal, New York (Succession rights in mainland China)
Wu Jiangsu v. Alfred J. Rey (Divorce in the People's Republic of China)
Tam, Lui, & Chan v. Director of Immigration, Hong Kong (adoption procedures in the PRC; right of abode in Hong Kong under Article 24 of the Basic Law of the HK SAR)
Lim Por Yen v. Highfit Development Co & Koo Siu Ying, Hong Kong (Matrimonial gifts and concubinage in traditional Chinese law)
Yau Wing Kwong v. Chung Ying Tai, Yau Yuet Ming, Yau Yun Tai, Hong Kong (Adoption and succession).

Qualifications

London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) – B.Sc (Econ.)

School of Oriental and African Studies – MA (Chinese Studies)

Trinity College, Cambridge - LL.B.

University of London – LL.D.

Memberships

Associate Member, International Academy of International Law

Founding Member, Association for Comparative Legal Studies

External Assessor in Law, for Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise, Hong Kong

Universities’ Grants Committee (1996)

Member, Society of Public Teachers of Law

Member, Great-Britain China Centre

Member, Socio-legal Studies Association

Member, Legal Action Group

Member, British Association of Chinese Studies

Advisory Member, Wingate Scholarships Trust

1996; 2006; Overseas Member, Law Panel, Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise.

Languages

Spoken Chinese: Putonghua & Cantonese, Reading: Chinese, Clasical & Modern. French.


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