二零零五年,港大首次慶祝八位明德教授就職,為大學的歷史奠定重要的里程碑。
時至今日,已成立共一百一十九項明德教授席。
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利孝和夫人為紀念先夫利孝和先生,以誌。

利孝和基金教授席 (信託法及衡平法)

公司法是商業的基礎。鼓勵對公司法的認知,提升公司法的應用,對香港成為亞洲以至全世界的卓越商業中心,意義重大。 

利孝和夫人為紀念先夫利孝和先生,以誌。

何錦璇

何錦璇

2011年就職

香港大學法律學院是世界上最負盛名的法學院之一,在全球的法律院校中美名遠揚。作為香港第一間法律學院,這裡培養的畢業生已經成為備受尊敬的法學專才及地區領袖。今天,法律學院擁有分屬17個司法管轄區的六十多位全職教職員和1500多名學生。香港特別行政區是中國唯一隸屬普通法系的地區,因此,港大法律學院在研究、教學普通法和比較法研究,及推動中國內地法治發展上,扮演著不可或缺的角色。

何錦璇教授運用她在普通法和大陸法架構下對信託的專業見解,分析關於中國信託的法律及規章。她的著作《中國信託法》2003年出版,是目前為止唯一通過英語法律文獻詳盡評論中國信託法的專著,可使國外專家對此課題獲得通透的理解。面對中國私有財產管理方式中人們對使用信託基金興趣的飛速增長和全球信託行為的增多,何教授的研究提供了適時的闡釋與解析。

何教授在牛津大學獲得法學的本科及碩士學位,1992年加入香港大學法律學院。她在重點研究信託與衡平、不當得利、比較信託等課題的同時,亦向中央政府就中國信託法頒佈和特區政府改革《受託人條例》分別提供建議。

何教授的著作在各地發行,並翻譯成日文在日本出版。英國上議院、英格蘭及威爾士上訴法院都曾援引她的文章。她任衡平期刊國際編委會委員,中國信託和受託人期刊委員會區域代表。她還是國際財產法和信託法研究會、信託及不動產從業者協會受邀會員。

何教授曾應邀在東京、劍橋、柏林、維也納、蒙特利爾、長沙、成都、首爾、橫濱和新加坡作公開演講。她還獲得2000年度港大傑出教學獎和2006年度港大學出青年研究學者稱號。

前任明德教授

馬俊立

2007年就職
The rule of law plays a crucial role in the success of Hong Kong and its concept is central to the teaching and research conducted by the University’s Faculty. As one of the most prestigious Law faculties in Asia its reputation extends across a broad range of disciplines to include commercial and corporate law.

The convergence of Hong Kong’s economy with that of the Mainland has provided the Faculty’s corporate and commercial researchers with unique opportunities to inform debate and influence legal developments on both sides of the border.

Professor Philip St J Smart joined the Faculty of Law in 1985, and has since established a worldwide reputation as a leading international corporate law scholar.  He specialises in international corporate insolvency and restructuring law and has published extensively in this area in leading international journals.

His ground-breaking book, Cross Border Insolvency, was first published in 1991, when the full impact of globalisation on both commerce and law was yet to be fully-appreciated by many legal practitioners and academics.  Since that time, regional and international initiatives in cross border insolvency and restructuring law have continued apace; and the importance of this area of research with reference to theGreater China region will only increase as the Mainland’s economy matures.


Professor Smart’s published works have been cited in the judgments of courts in a number of common law jurisdictions, in addition to Hong Kong, including the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal and the High Court in England, as well as in several other Commonwealth countries. They have also been relied on by law reform bodiesin a number of countries, and been widely cited in academic literature.

Professor Smart has occupied a key position in, and been a major driving force behind, the establishment of an accredited training programme for insolvency and restructuring professionals in Hong Kong.  The programme, developed under the auspices of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is not only a first for Hong Kong but has also been seen as a model for training and development on the Mainland.  Professor Smart is a founding member of the International Insolvency Institute and has served on the boards of a number of international law journals.


Remark: Previously known as Harold Hsiao-Wo Lee Professor in Corporate Law