In 2005, the University celebrated the inauguration of the first 8 Endowed Professorships,
a milestone in the University's history.
To date, a total of 120 Endowed Professorships have been established.
Madame Chan

Cheng Chan Lan Yue Professorship in Constitutional Law

"Constitutional law deals with the design of political systems, the legal control of governmental power and the protection of human rights. The practice of "One Country, Two Systems" and the implementation of the Basic Law have posed many challenges to constitutional law scholarship in Hong Kong. I applaud HKU's Law Faculty which has risen up to the challenges and has produced excellent works of scholarship in this area over the years." 

Madame Chan

Albert H Y Chen

Albert H Y Chen

Appointed in 2007

The University has been training lawyers since 1969. Its Faculty of Law was the first in Hong Kong and remains one of the most prestigious law schools in Asia.

Its work in legal education and research has long contributed to the maintenance of the Rule of Law in Hong Kong, which is crucial to the HKSAR's success as an international business and financial centre.

One of the Faculty's strengths is research and scholarship in constitutional law, which deals with the design of political systems, the legal control of governmental power and the protection of human rights.

Professor Albert Hung-Yee Chen has served as Head of the Department of Law, from 1993-96, and Dean of the Faculty, from 1996-2002. He received his undergraduate legal education at The University of Hong Kong before going on to pursue postgraduate studies at Harvard University. In 1984, he qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, and began his academic career at this University.

He has taught various subjects including legal system and legal method, constitutional and administrative law, the Chinese legal system, jurisprudence, and law and society. He has published several books in English and Chinese on constitutional law, comparative law and legal theory, and over one hundred journal articles and book chapters. His main areas of research include constitutional and legal issues arising from "One Country, Two Systems" and the interface between the mainland and Hong Kong legal systems. His writings also concern current constitutional and legal developments and legal thought in China, the theory of legal progress, and the relationship between Chinese tradition, liberalism, constitutionalism and legal modernity.

Professor Chen is a member of the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission, the Strategic Development Commission and the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee of the National People's Congress. He is a Justice of the Peace, an honorary professor at Tsinghua University and five other mainland universities, a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Institute of Law of the Academia Sinica, Taipei, and a member of the editorial boards of several leading international journals. He is also a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.