Joseph Lee (Hong Kong politician)

Joseph Lee Kok-long SBS JP PhD RN (born 14 August 1959, Macau) is a former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (Legco), representing the Health Services functional constituency. He is a member of the Pro-democracy camp.

Joseph Lee Kok-long
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Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1 October 2004 – 1 December 2020
Preceded byMichael Mak
Succeeded byDavid Lam
(Medical and Health Services)
ConstituencyHealth Services
Personal details
Born (1959-08-14) 14 August 1959 (age 62)
Spouse(s)Dianna Lee Tze-fan
Alma materShau Kei Wan Government Secondary School
La Trobe University
University of Edinburgh
Lingnan University
Joseph Lee
Traditional Chinese李國麟
Simplified Chinese李国麟

Lee is a nurse and a Professor and Dean in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the Open University of Hong Kong.[1][2]


Lee received his Bachelor of Nursing degree from the La Trobe University, Australia in 1992. His master's degree was in nursing/education from the University of Edinburgh. In 2002 he completed his PhD thesis, Ascertaining Patient Condition: a grounded theory study of diagnostic practice in nursing from Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

Political careerEdit

Lee became a member of the Legislative Council in 2004, representing the Health Services functional constituency.[3]

In June 2010, he voted in favour of the government's 2012 constitutional reform package, which included the late amendment by the Democratic Party – accepted by the Beijing government – to hold a popular vote for five new District Council functional constituencies.[4]

In March 2011, he abstained on legislation accepting reduced funding from Beijing for Hong Kong.[5]

Lee announced his intention to step down from LegCo and not participate in the 2020 Hong Kong legislative election, following his loss to Winnie Yu in the 2020 Hong Kong pro-democracy primaries.[3]

On 6 January 2021, Lee was among 53 members of the pro-democratic camp who were arrested under the national security law, specifically its provision regarding alleged subversion. The group stood accused of the organisation of and participation in unofficial primary elections held by the camp in July 2020.[6] Lee was released on bail on 7 January.[7]


Lee served on the following Legco committees:

  • 2008–09 Panel Committees:
Panel on Health Services
Panel on Food Safety & Environmental Hygiene
Panel on Housing[8]
  • 2008–09 Bill Committees:
Independent Police Complaints Council Bill
Prevention and Control of Disease Bill
Subcommittee on Harmful Substances in Food (Amendment) Regulation 2008[8]

Other appointmentsEdit

He also serves as:

He is a member of:

He is an honorary research fellow of the Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies at Lingnan University of Hong Kong.[9]


  1. ^ Joseph Lee Kok-long: "Revamp government health policy", Open University of Hong Kong
  2. ^ Joseph Lee Kok-long's Legco biodata Archived 28 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b "民主派初選|衞生服務界大敗 李國麟服從結果:得186票打咗個突". 香港01 (in Chinese (Hong Kong)). 14 July 2020. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  4. ^ Cheung, Gary; Albert Wong and Fanny WY Fung (25 June 2010). "Cheers and jeers for political reform vote". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
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  6. ^ "National security law: Hong Kong rounds up 53 pro-democracy activists". BBC News. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  7. ^ Chau, Candice (8 January 2021). "'Hong Kong has entered a bitter winter,' says primaries organiser as 52 democrats in mass arrest bailed out". Hong Kong Free Press. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  8. ^ a b Biography at personal website
  9. ^
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Health Services
Succeeded by