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Kerry Holdings Limited

Kerry Holdings Professorship in Law

"We are honoured to support The University of Hong Kong with this Endowed Professorship. It is our shared vision that this Endowed Professorship will enrich the resources available at the Faculty of Law and help uphold its high standards of scholarship, research and education." 

Kerry Holdings Limited

Douglas W Arner

Douglas W Arner

Appointed in 2017

Former Holder(s):

Michael Tilbury

Appointed in 2010

For more than 40 years, the Faculty of Law has been producing top-class legal professionals and community leaders. As a globally renowned law school, it is committed to educating lawyers capable of meeting the legal, political and social challenges of Hong Kong in the 21st century.

Building on the city’s unique position as the only common law jurisdiction in China, the Faculty has an irreplaceable role to play in scholarship, research and education across a broad range of disciplines, including common law, as well as the development of the rule of law in China.

Professor Michael Tilbury is the newest member of the Faculty to continue the University’s development of legal studies, arriving in March this year to take up the Kerry Holdings Professorship in Private Law.

Professor Tilbury’s background is as an academic lawyer and a law reform commissioner, while his principal areas of research are in private law and private international law. Private law is becoming increasingly important in common law systems of law, like Hong Kong, because common law originated and developed essentially as private law.

Professor Tilbury was Head of the School of Law at the University of New South Wales from 1991 to 1992 and Professor of Law and Head of the Department of Law at the University of Tasmania from 1993 to 1995. He twice served as the full-time Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, from 1994 to 1996 and then from 2002 to 2010.

He is a barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and of the High Court of Australia and has held the Edward Jenks Chair in Law at the University of Melbourne. His major innovations and achievements in leadership roles centre on supporting the advancement of emerging electronic resources in legal research; of formal staff development plans; and of curriculum development.

Professor Tilbury has taught various subjects including comparative law, conflict of laws, contract law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, international trade law, taxation law, torts, and the fundamentals of common law. He believes the development of legal skills in Hong Kong, through a critical approach in the foundation subjects of legal study that analyses the reasons and policies underlying the varying approaches in order to determine the best outcome, should instil in students a rigorous approach to legal materials in their subsequent legal studies.

Professor Tilbury is also widely published and has led, or contributed to, over 40 law reform projects. These have made formal recommendations for the reform of the law in diverse areas in two Australian states and Australia nationally.

This Endowed Professorship was inaugurated in 2007 and was originally designated to Commercial Law.


Remark: Previously known as Kerry Holdings Professorship in Private Law