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Priscilla Leung Mei-fun SBS JP (Chinese: 梁美芬; born 18 November 1960, Hong Kong) is a barrister and Hong Kong Legislative Councillor, representing the Kowloon West constituency since 2008. She is also a member of Kowloon City District Council.[1][2]


Priscilla Leung Mei-fun

梁美芬
Priscilla Leung.jpg
Dr Priscilla Leung
Member of the Legislative Council
Assumed office
1 October 2008
Preceded bySeat Created
ConstituencyKowloon West
Personal details
Born (1960-11-18) 18 November 1960 (age 58)
Hong Kong
NationalityChinese
Political partyBusiness and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong
Kowloon West New Dynamic
Spouse(s)Wang Guiguo
ResidenceTing Kau, Hong Kong
Alma materSt. Paul's Co-educational College
Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSSc)
Renmin University (LLM, JSD)
University of Hong Kong (PCLL)
OccupationBarrister
Associate professor
ProfessionLegislative Councillor
Priscilla Leung
Chinese梁美芬

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Legal careerEdit

Leung began her legal career in the China department at the law firm Johnson Stokes & Master.[citation needed] She is a barrister and an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong's[3] School of Law, where her husband, Wang Guiguo, was the Dean. She has taught at the School of Law for the past 24 years and specialises in Chinese Law, Hong Kong Basic Law and conflict of laws between mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.[citation needed]

She was editor-in-charge of the Chinese Law Reports from 1993.[citation needed]

Political careerEdit

Leung has been a Legislative Councillor since 2008, currently representing the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong. The 'independent' label she first stood under was challenged by political opponents who accused her of having the support of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government and the pro-Beijing Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions.[4] Leung has been a supporter of most governments bills.

Leung is a social conservative, opposed to same-sex marriage and equal rights for same-sex couples.[5] In 2019, she criticised the Airport Authority and the MTR Corporation for reversing their decision to ban a Cathay Pacific ad featuring a same-sex couple holding hands. Former lawmaker Cyd Ho remarked, "People like Priscilla Leung, who dare to teach law at university and get enough votes to sit in Legco, have no idea about human rights or equality."[6]

She is chairman of the Legislative Council's Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services.[7]

Leung was active in opposition to the pro-democracy Occupy Central/Umbrella movements that culminated in widespread protests in 2014.

ControversiesEdit

On 13 January 2010, fellow legislator Albert Chan said that some people "教狗屎法律", literally, "teach dog shit law", in an apparent reference to Leung.[8] Chan refused to withdraw his comment and LegCo president Tsang Yok-sing subsequently ruled that no LegCo rules had been violated. Leung, along with six other legislators, then protested against Tsang's decision, insisting that Albert Chan had defamed her, and walked out of the chamber to boycott the meeting.

LegCo members' resignations and by-electionEdit

On 21 January 2010, in a response to the quasi-referendum on universal suffrage, triggered by the resignation of five pan-democrat members of LegCo, Leung announced she would introduce a private member's bill to forbid legislators who resign from running in elections in the same four-year term.[9] Ronny Tong criticised her move as a contravention of the Basic Law: he said such a bill would infringe the right to stand for elections protected under Article 26 and would be inconsistent with Article 74 which prohibits individual legislators from tabling bills that relate to the political structure.[10]

A less-extreme government bill, imposing a six-month prohibition on running for election after resignation, was passed in May 2012, in the face of filibustering efforts from legislators Leung Kwok-hung and Albert Chan.

Scouts for Occupy Central MovementEdit

In July 2014, she championed the Hong Kong Government's establishment of the "Voluntary Scouts".[11]

EducationEdit

PublicationsEdit

Leung published different articles and books, in English and Chinese, on the areas of Chinese Law, Hong Kong Basic Law and conflict of laws between mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

  • China Law Reports. Butterworths Asia. (1992–94)
  • Legal Reform of China (co-ed). Joint Publishing Hong Kong. (1994)
  • China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Awards. Sweet & Maxwell Asia.(1998)
  • Comparative Studies of Family Law between mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Joint Publishing Hong Kong. (2003)
  • The Hong Kong Basic Law: Hybrid of Chinese Law and Common Law. LexisNexis. (2007)

AwardsEdit

Leung was awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons award for the year 2000 by the Christian group Junior Chamber International Hong Kong who, in 2015, claimed membership of about 2,000.[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Priscilla Leung biodata Archived 4 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Recipients of HKSAR Honours and Awards
  3. ^ "Full-Time Staff, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong (CHK)". Cityu.edu.hk. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Battle for Kowloon West heats up". The Standard. Hong Kong. 27 August 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  5. ^ Diplomat, Tyler Roney, The. "Is Hong Kong Taking a Backward Step on LGBT Rights?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Legislator, 16 groups rail against LGBT movement as same-sex ad goes on display". South China Morning Post. 26 May 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services (Membership)". Legislative Council of the HKSAR of the PRC. Hong Kong. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  8. ^ [1] Archived 17 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "RTHK English News". RTHK. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  10. ^ "ˇ弒母殺妹魔童判入小欖". Sing Tao Daily. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  11. ^ "陳政制意見勿隨便浪費警力 梁美芬倡組志願軍處理群眾運動". Ming Pao. Hong Kong. 4 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Past HKTOYP Awardees". Junior Chamber International Hong Kong. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Introduction to JCI". Junior Chamber International Hong Kong. Retrieved 5 August 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Chan Ka-wai
Member of Kowloon City District Council
Representative for Whampoa East
2008–present
Incumbent
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
New seat Member of Legislative Council
Representative for Kowloon West
2008–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
New political party Chairman of Kowloon West New Dynamic
2008–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Chan Kin-por
Member of the Legislative Council
Hong Kong order of precedence
Member of the Legislative Council
Succeeded by
Paul Tse
Member of the Legislative Council