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Club Online Zoom Breakfast Event: Book Talk – The Dance of Folly: How Theatrics Have Tainted the Rule of Law

Date: 14 May 2021 08:00 AM — 09:00 AM | Venue:

Book Talk – The Dance of Folly: How Theatrics Have Tainted the Rule of Law


Former Court of Final Appeal Judge


Friday, May 14, 2021
8:00am HKT on Zoom
Is the common law, as practised in the courts today, fit for purpose? Are the courts currently adhering to the policy of One Country, Two Systems? What might be the consequences if they are not? These are the key questions raised by judge Henry Litton in his new book The Dance of Folly, and in this FCC Zoom event the speaker will explain how a culture of verbosity, philosophising and an unwavering reliance on counsel’s arguments, developed by the courts over the past 20-odd years, has smothered a previously effective legal system. Moderated by FCC Journalist Governor Clifford Buddle.
Henry Litton was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1992 and to the newly established Court of Final Appeal on July 1, 1997. After stepping down as a permanent judge of the CFA in 2000, he continued to serve as a non-permanent judge until his retirement in 2014 when he was appointed an honorary law professor at the University of Hong Kong. A third-generation Hong Kong belonger whose first language was Cantonese, he was called to the English Bar by Gray’s Inn in 1959. Admitted to the Hong Kong Bar in 1960, he served in total seven terms as its chairman and was made Queen’s Counsel in 1970. His previous books include Is the Hong Kong Judiciary Sleepwalking to 2047? and Can Freedom and Liberal Values Thrive if Common Law Crumbles?


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