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 119 Endowed Professorships have been established.
Mrs Christina Lee

Harold Hsiao-Wo Lee Professorship in Trust and Equity

"Trust and Equity is the foundation of business. If we can encourage awareness and elevate competency in this area of the law, then we will greatly assist Hong Kong’s quest to become the centre of excellence for business in Asia, if not the world. "

Mrs Christina Lee, in memory of her late husband, Harold Hsiao-Wo Lee

Lusina K S Ho

Lusina K S Ho

Appointed in 2011

The Faculty of Law has built a reputation as one of the most prestigious law schools internationally. The first to be established in Hong Kong, over the years the Faculty has trained graduates who have become distinguished legal professionals and leaders of the community. Today, it has more than 60 full-time academic staff from 17 jurisdictions, and 1,500 students. In light of the Hong Kong SAR’s unique position as the only common law jurisdiction in China, the Faculty plays an essential role in research and education in common law and comparative law, as well as the development of the rule of law in mainland China.

Professor Lusina Ho applies her expertise in both common law and civil law trusts to analyse laws and regulations pertaining to the use of trusts in China. Her book, Trust Law in China, published in 2003, is so far the only comprehensive critique of the Chinese Trust Law in the English legal literature, and has enabled international experts to gain a thorough understanding of the subject. Her research has provided much-needed analysis, given the burgeoning interest in the use of trusts in private wealth management in China, and the world-wide growth in the adoption of the trust.

After obtaining her undergraduate and Masters degrees in Law from the University of Oxford, Professor Ho joined the Faculty of Law at HKU in 1992. While pursuing her research interests in Trust and Equity, Restitution, and Comparative trust, she has provided advice to both the Central Government on the enactment of the Chinese Trust Law, and the HKSAR Government on the reform of the Trustee Ordinance.

The work of Professor Ho has been published widely and has been cited in the English House of Lords and the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, and has been translated and published in Japanese. She serves as a member of the international board of editors of the Journal of Equity, and as a country representative for China of Trusts and Trustees. She is also an invited member of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Professor Ho has been invited to give public lectures in Tokyo, Montreal and Auckland, and has delivered invited papers at conferences in Oxford, Cambridge, Berlin, Vienna, Montreal, Changsha, Chengdu, Seoul, Yokohama and Singapore. She received the University Teaching Fellowship award in 2000 for excellence in teaching, and the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from HKU in 2006.

Philip St J Smart

Appointed in 2007
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