Harvard links with HKCCA for GC conference and research


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The Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (HKCCA) and Professor David Wilkins of Harvard Law School organized a conference entitled The Changing Role of the General Counsel: What We Know and What We Don’t Know About In-House Legal Departments, in Hong Kong on 7 March at the China Club in Hong Kong. The conference, sponsored by Harvard Law School’s (HLS) Centre on the Legal Profession and part of the centre’s flagship Globalization, Lawyers and Emerging Economies project, focused on the HLS’ research on the changing role of general counsel around the world, and introduced an exciting project that will provide invaluable data on Hong Kong/Chinese in-house legal departments and the Hong Kong/Chinese legal market as a whole.

HKCCA members at the conference
HKCCA members at the conference

Professor Wilkins also discussed a unique survey project that, for the first time, will create systematic, independent and objective data about these new developments in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as important emerging economies such as India, Brazil, and South Africa.

The research will help analyze the corporate legal sector with an eye to acquiring and applying knowledge that will facilitate problem solving, foster innovation, and highlight practical advances the legal profession might undertake in an era of globalization.

More than 20 general counsel attended and more are participating in the research. HKCCA executive committee members Lin Shi, Michelle Wei and Joe Zhou also attended.