Former solicitor general of Hong Kong to discuss U.S.-China relationship

Monday, September 14, 2009

Writer: Christina Graff, 706/542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu
Contact: André Barbic, 706/542-5141, abarbic@uga.edu

Athens, Ga. - Former Solicitor General of Hong Kong Daniel R. Fung will be delivering a lecture titled "The Post-Financial Crisis World Order: Sino-American Relations in an Age of Economic Turmoil." An expert on U.S.-China relations, Fung will discuss the political and economic relationship between the U.S. and China and how the global financial crisis has affected this partnership. The lecture will take place Friday, Sept. 25, at 12:30 p.m. in classroom B of Hirsch Hall. It is sponsored by the University of Georgia School of Law's Dean Rusk Center as well as the Georgia Society for International and Comparative Law and is free and open to the public.

Fung served as Hong Kong's solicitor general from 1994 to 1998 and was the first person of Chinese extraction to do so. He is currently a national delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, which is the principal advisory body to the People's Republic of China. Fung is also senior counsel of the Hong Kong Bar, specializing in constitutional and commercial law. From 1985 to 1990, he served on the Basic Law Consultative Committee leading to the promulgation of Hong Kong's Constitution.

Additionally, Fung serves on the World Bank International Advisory Council on Law and Justice as well as being a special adviser to the United Nations Development Programme on corporate governance in China and on rule of law capacity building in Cambodia and Laos. He is chairman of the Broadcasting Authority in Hong Kong and also is the founding chairman of the East-West Strategic Development Commission (Estradev), a nonprofit organization aimed at stimulating economic growth in emerging markets.

Earning his LL.B. and LL.M. from University College London, Fung is a Fellow of the school. He has served as a visiting scholar to Harvard Law School, a Senior Visiting Fellow to Yale Law School and a Fulbright Scholar for Hong Kong to the United States. Fung was a contributing author to Democracy & the Rule of Law (2001) and The Confluence of Affluence: The Pearl River Delta Story (2005).

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