Human rights lawyer Mark Daly loses seat on Hong Kong Law Society board

Human rights lawyer Mark Daly has lost his re-election bid for a seat on the board of the Hong Kong Law Society.

The regulatory body for the city’s more than 12,000 lawyers held its annual general meeting at the Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition Center on Tuesday. Voting for six seats on the 20-member council ended around 10:30 p.m., local media reported.

Newly elected council members (left to right): Calvin Cheng, Vincent Tso, Melissa Pang, Shum Hin-han, Simon John McConnell and Hau Pak-sun. Photo: provided.

There were seven candidates for the six places. Daly, dubbed “the only liberal” by the media and critics, ran against former Bar President Melissa Pang, Calvin Cheng, Simon John McConnell, Hau Pak-sun, Shum Hin-han and Vincent Tso.

Pang, Cheng and McConnell were re-elected to the board.

The six newly confirmed council members later met with the press, with Pang saying they would continue to work to promote the spirit of the rule of law and uphold the professionalism of city lawyers, HK01 reported.

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Daly was a board member from 2015 to 2018 but lost the race in 2018. He was re-elected to the board in 2019, where he held a seat until Tuesday’s vote.

In 2019, the human rights lawyer asked the Bar Association to urge the government to withdraw the Extradition Amendment Bill.

Human rights lawyer Mark Daly. Photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP.

Announcing his re-election bid earlier this month, Daly said in a statement“I believe that [the Law Society council] demands more diverse viewpoints and a revitalized international perspective. Upholding the rule of law requires concrete actions more than music videos.

The remark appeared to be a reference to a music video made by the Law Society in July. The song “Love for Hong Kong” was created by former President Pang and “dedicated to learning and protecting the rule of law among the general public, especially young people”, the organization wrote. in the video blurb on YouTube.

HKFP has contacted Daly for comment.

Fair and objective election

President Chan Chak-ming said in a press briefing on Tuesday that the election was conducted in a “fair and objective” manner.

Chan Chak-ming (center), President of the Law Society of Hong Kong, meets the press on August 23, 2022. Photo: Supplied.

“The Law Society, within the framework of the common law legal systems and the Basic Law, will continue to protect the rule of law and judicial independence. We will work to elevate Hong Kong’s status as a center for international legal services and dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region,” Chan said.

HK01 reported that Chan did not respond directly to questions about the non-jury trial for the 47 Democrats’ national security case, saying only that the Law Society is obligated to protect people’s right to a fair trial.

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