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Joshua Law Chi-kong (Chinese: 羅智光; born 1957) is a Hong Kong government official. He is the Secretary for the Civil Service from July 2017.

Joshua Law Chi-kong

Secretary for the Civil Service
Assumed office
1 July 2017
Chief ExecutiveCarrie Lam
Preceded byClement Cheung
Personal details
Born1957 (age 61–62)
Alma materSt Peter's College, Oxford

He graduated from the St Peter's College, Oxford University where he read PPE. He joined the Administrative Service in September 1980. He served in many bureaux and departments, such as Urban Services Department, Office of the Unofficial Members of the Executive and Legislative Councils, the City and New Territories Administration. He also worked at the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York, the Lands and Works Branch, the Works Branch, the Constitutional Affairs Branch, the Civil Service Branch, the Education and Manpower Branch and the Chief Executive's Office.[1]

He was appointed Director-General of Trade, later renamed Director-General of Trade and Industry, from August 1999 to September 2002, followed by the positions of the permanent representative to the World Trade Organization from September 2002 to August 2004, and Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Transport) from August 2004 to July 2007. He rose to his present rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2005. Law was also Permanent Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs since July 2007. From July 2012, he was appointed Permanent Secretary for Security.[1]

In July 2017, he was appointed to Secretary for the Civil Service by Chief Executive Carrie Lam.


  1. ^ a b "Senior appointments (with photos)".
Political offices
Preceded by
Clement Cheung
Secretary for the Civil Service
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Law Chi-kwong
Member of the Executive Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Executive Council
Succeeded by
John Lee
Member of the Executive Council