Messages from Alumni

(in alphabetial order)

CHAN Che Yan Jessica & CHUNG Ka Shing Tim陳文敏Chan Siu Oi Patrick
陳弘毅
CHENG Yan Ki BonnieCHEUNG Cheuk Wah Alexa
CHING Wai Ying Eliza KWOK Hing Wai, Kenneth 劉進圖沈紅雨 | 鄧樹榮 |
WU Hung Yuk Anna

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CHAN Che Yan Jessica (LLB 2005, PCLL 2006) &
CHUNG Ka Shing Tim (PCLL 2006)

December 2010

For us, the PCLL was an unforgettable year of blissful post-graduation freedom, mixed with the excitement of making new friends from many different places, and the nervousness of completing assessed assignments. All at the same time, at the back of our minds, the anticipation of entry into the legal profession seemed to loom like a great ocean wave ultimately under which we would be overwhelmed, or on which we would enjoy the ride! Absolutely there were the obligatory late-night parties and early morning lectures – what would university life be without these?

But undoubtedly by far the most valuable use of our time was to invest in and build up friendships that have and continue to endure; the friendships and bonds that were nurtured and developed between our classmates most definitely serves as the highlight of the PCLL. As a group of strangers at first, we began to see each other on a daily basis: sharing food, sharing challenges, sharing life. We became friends, sharing laughter, having fun and going partying. We became like family, commiserating in sadness and celebrating in joy. There existed a special bond between us, something that enabled us to face the challenge of PCLL together, to take it in our stride and have wonderful fun all at once.

And it is thanks in no small part to this close network of supportive friends that fortunately, the great ocean wave that was ready to bear down upon us turned into a mere rising tide on which we rode.

To this day, we still meet up on a weekly basis, accompanying each other through the changing seasons of life. Our classmates are a veritable group of good friends to keep each other’s sanity when circumstances seem tough, to maintain good sense when things seem to be going wrong, and to share joy in each other’s accomplishments.  This is a special bond that has been developed over time, one that cannot be easily replicated.

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陳文敏(法學士1981,法學專業証書1982)
2011年2月

記得第一次踏足港大,從般含道走上那通往陸佑堂的斜路時(那時還沒有東閘的梯級),感覺是有點悲涼。那年代大概只有2%的學生能考上大學,自己中學幾個好同學都考不上,他們大部分比我更聰明更勤力,但考試制度就是這樣殘酷。一段短短的路,路的盡處是棵盛放的鳳凰木,漫天血紅的花兒隨風飄盪,好像在提醒這群天子門生,他們是踏著多少人的失敗而來,一將功成萬骨枯,可能就是這個道理吧!

迎新時一位師兄告訴我:「大學就像一座寶庫,山蔭道上,目不暇給,有些人只顧流連,結果是空手而回,有些人善用時間,結果是滿載而歸。」我告訴自己,絶不能讓自己空手而回。

學生會迎新,學院迎新,屬會迎新,生活一下子變得非常忙碌。自己參加的多是一些與時事、宗教和文學相關的活動。記得當時正在參與社會服務團(SSG)的迎新,聖若翰學院就申請宿舍事宜約我面試,但自己擔心無力支付宿費,沒去面試。怎知隔天李永達(當時SSG的主席)告訴我聖莊給我第二天再面試的機會,或許這是緣份,注定我會入住聖莊,結果我在宿舍一住四年,而現在最要好的一班朋友均是曾在舍堂共住的朋友。

大學的第一年,正值金禧封校。隨著文革結束,當時大學生的焦點由「認中」走向「關社」,有人認為火紅的年代已過去,學運陷入低潮,艇戶事件,金禧封校,正好為學運重燃希望,社會派的抬頭,正標誌著大學生走向社會的轉捩點。在大學,大家就這些問題討論得興高采烈。然而,法律學院對這些問題似乎是有點冷漠。

第一年曾經懷疑法律是否適合自己。記得第一份Legal System and Legal Method 的功課是關於prerogative power,看了一大堆十八九世紀的案例,覺得這所謂 residual power of the Sovereign 根本就是無稽之談,明明是行政機關的權力,卻硬要說成皇室的權力,於是,文章不談題目,而是質疑 prerogative power 本身,幸而,韋斯理教授尚算手下留情,給了尚可以的分數,評語是"a courageous attempt"!

中文運動開展,大字報一張緊接一張。六個學院先後發表聲明支持,唯獨不見法律學院,詢問法律學會會長,他竟然不知中文運動為何物,好像大學裡和社會上發生的事物均與我們無關,難道我們是象牙塔內的象牙塔?一怒之下,跑到學生會餐廳,憤而成書,寫了一篇「中文,願妳安息」的文章:「筆桿是那樣沉重,母語竟是那樣陌生…幽冷的長城仍幽冷如昔,沉默的長江還我的沉默,好一句『大海不會欺騙白浪,既然是遺民,就該忘了國歌』…無奈中帶點比無奈更無奈的奈何,趁今日尚會嘆息時,讓我長鳴一聲『母語,別矣!』」,文字中充滿年輕人那種未經磨練的狂傲,這也是第一篇在 Law Media 發表的文章。 (收錄於《走在公義路上》)

那年夏天和林國興、梁家傑、KB Ng,謝立斌等決定組閣,希望帶領法律學院重新溶入大學,走入社會,那年我們首次在大學內舉辦法律周(Law Week),介紹法律究竟是甚麼東西,並在法律周內透過老師及執業律師提供免費法律諮詢服務。在暑假時我們更在大會堂展覽廳舉辦首次的法律常識展覽,展覽的內容由四年級的師兄,師姐執筆撰寫,經校對後再簡化成大眾容易理解的文字與圖畫,展覽並獲多個政府部門支持。展覽前一晚,動員近180名同學參與上版(當時整個學院才有200多位同學)。這兩項活動自此一直流傳下去,每年法律學會均會去不同地方作法律展覽,推廣法律知識,Law Week的概念其後更由律師會發揚光大,成為香港一年一度的重要推廣法律知識活動。

一年的幹事生涯,除了讓我們有機會實踐理想外,多少長夜的辯論,多少的風風雨雨,給我們留下歷久常新的回憶和深厚的友誼。三十多年後,我們這班幹事仍定期相聚,各人際遇不同,大家事業有成,兒女成群,回首前塵,實難相信彈指之間便渡過了三十多載的韶光。

大學最後一年,仍覺得未準備投身法律界,我喜歡大律師那種自由自在的生活,但又覺得沒理由在十七八歲決定選修法律便要為此付上終身,很想往外邊的世界闖闖,剛巧有機會往英國深造。那時中英開始進行香港前途談判,不少港人對前景均是人心惶惶,自己覺得去外國深造便該修讀一些在香港沒機會修讀和對香港的未來息息相關的學科,於是毅然往倫大政經學院追隨羅莎連奧赫根教授(Prof Rosalyn Higgins QC),奧赫根教授當時為國際人權委員會的英國委員,她的治學嚴謹,學識淵博和對人權的執著,給我很大的啟發,其後她更獲任命為海牙國際法庭的首席法官。

當時修讀人權純為興趣,在獎學金面試時一位委員甚至質疑為何我要去修讀這些不著邊際的學科!然而,機緣巧合,香港在1991年通過《人權法案》,早年的進修及在歐洲人權法庭的經驗,一些當時被認為是不著邊際的東西忽然變得非常實際。多年來我仍堅持這個信念:同學選科時該修讀一些自己有興趣的學科,對有興趣的東西才會做得好,科目是否實用很多時視乎自己日後的際遇和環境的改變,這些皆不是個人能控制的因素。

在英國的那一年,對自己所追尋的目標作了很多思考。我希望找一份以人為本的工作,而那一年的靜心修讀,發覺自己喜歡上研究的工作,再加上香港前途未明,而法律學院的老師,當時中國人只有高我一屆的陳弘毅,我覺得作為土生土長的華人,對香港的前途和法律教育的發展,或可作出一點較獨特的貢獻,也可以啟發更多學生對生命,前途,人生觀等的思考,於是,就這樣決定了以後二十五年的學術生涯。  

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Chan Siu Oi Patrick
(LLB 1974, PCLL 1975, Hon. University Fellow 2003, LLD (Hon) 2011)
March 2011

Through the hard work and excellence of its staff and students and under the able leadership of the Council Chairman and Vice Chancellor, the University has become one of the top education and academic institutes in the world.

No one will dispute that the success of Hong Kong as a leading financial and business centre thrives on the rule of law. But the rule of law prevails only when there is respect for the law and trust in the legal system. Unless we can trust that the system delivers generally just and acceptable results in a fair and reliable manner, there is little reason to respect the law and the rule of law would merely be an abstract ideal. A better understanding of what is going on in court and how the justice system works will certainly inspire trust in the system. And people can do this with greater ease if legal proceedings are conducted in their mother tongue which for the majority of Hong Kong residents is Chinese with Cantonese as its spoken form.

Court interpreters have provided an invaluable service for the benefit of non-English speakers. But, however good it may be, interpretation has its limitations as a means of courtroom communication. It is possible, if only remotely so, that the outcome of a case turns on an unnoticed misinterpretation. Rightly or wrongly, a party may feel that she is at a disadvantage against another party who speaks the language of the court and that she stands a better chance of getting justice if her trial is conducted in Chinese without the mediation of interpreters.

Bilingualism in the courts, however desirable, had a long and difficult gestation. Although Chinese was declared an official language in Hong Kong by a ground-breaking ordinance in 1974, trial in Chinese did not become an option at all levels until 1995. The official status of Chinese is re-assured in article 9 of the Basic Law. New laws are now enacted in both languages. Existing statute laws enacted in English have all been translated into Chinese. English-Chinese glossaries of legal terms have been published and gradually built up. These measures have facilitated the option of conducting legal proceedings in Chinese. Since 1997 the number of cases which are conducted in Chinese has increased quite considerably at all levels of court: from 85% in the Magistrates' courts to about 30% in Court of Appeal. This additional workload has increased the pressure on bilingual judges and created new challenges for them. They need to maintain a high standard of Chinese writing skills. For this purpose, each of them is required to do a one month residential course in Tsinghua University. In addition, every year, with the help of Professor Johannes Chan, Dean of the Faculty of Law, the University runs a four month top up course in writing skills for these judges.

The way and manner in which the language is used also poses a challenge. The courtroom is a solemn place for the administration of justice and one would expect those present in court would exercise some degree of care in what they say. But people expressing themselves in Chinese, especially Cantonese, tend to import into the courtroom modes of speech which are loose, imprecise, disjointed or even incoherent. Even lawyers and judges may not be entirely free from this tendency. Thus unnecessary or excessive use of slangs or colloquialisms and abusive or even unintended foul languages may be encountered nowadays. This makes it harder for the court to assert its authority and for the public to respect the law. From time to time, judges have to remind people appearing before them to behave themselves and to mind their language. But it is not always easy to ensure that every person in court will comply and stricter measures have to be taken. Ultimately it is the duty of lawyers and judges who work in the courtroom setting to set a good example for other court users.

The feasibility and desirability of conducting legal proceedings in Chinese should not blind us to the fact that legal principles are largely contained in judgments written in English and that the common law tradition has its roots in English speaking jurisdictions. The common law is not set in stone. It is constantly developing. Judgments from other common law jurisdictions are also of jurisprudential value in shaping the common law in Hong Kong. While it is necessary to put in place a bilingual legal system, English is still indispensable as a legal language in Hong Kong. This is vital if Hong Kong is to maintain its status as a leading financial and business centre.

Since 1995, a silent revolution has started by design and demand. Both Chinese and English have contributed to the operation and success of our legal system. There are inherent differences between the two languages. A pragmatic approach has to be adopted. Language as a tool of expression is only a means and not an end in itself. The object is the fair administration of justice. A culture needs to emerge before Chinese becomes an adequate means of communication for the administration of justice. But this must be given time to evolve and perfect itself. Much commendable efforts have been made to strengthen the practice of bilingualism in the courts. Much more remains to be done by all involved in the administration of justice. It is only with a system which has the trust of the Community that the rule of law can prevail.

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陳弘毅 (法學士 1980 , 法學專業證書 1981)
2010年12月

我是在1977年秋天開始就讀於港大法律系的。

我在唸 LLB 時沒有入住學生宿舍,但積極參加過港大學生會的一些屬會的活動,包括《學苑》(學生會的期刊,當時每一至兩月出版一次,每次數十頁,內容很豐富)、現代思潮學會、文社、法律學會和法律系的基督徒團契。其中,在《學苑》方面的參與使我學到的東西最多,也從中認識一些最志同道合的朋友。從在《學苑》工作的學兄、學姊中,我認識到香港學生運動從六十年代後期到七十年代中期的歷史,了解到當時在思想探索上和社會行動上十分活躍的大學生,怎樣對他們身處的政治環境進行反思、對時代的呼喚作出回應,我聽到了關於學運中的所謂「國粹派」和「社會派」的不同路線的對抗的故事,又明白到「反資反殖」(反對資本主義和殖民主義)和「認中關社」(認識中國、關心社會)等學運中的基本概念的背景和淵源。

後來我參加了 1978 年的 《學苑》 編輯委員會候選內閣,並當選為 《學苑》 「學術版」的兩名編輯委員之一。「學術版」的內容是較為思想性、理論性的,涉及哲學、科學、宗教、社會和歷史思想等範疇。除了處理收到的投稿外,我自己也寫文章刊登於「學術版」,中英文文章都發表過,但以中文為主,其中主要的現已收入《我思我在》一書(突破出版社1990年版)。從參與《學苑》的工作開始,我似乎和編輯工作結下了不解之緣。組織競選 1978-79 年的 Law Association Exco 的同學誠意邀請我加入為 Publication Secretary的候選人,我終於答應了。當選以後,除參與LA Exco的一般事務外,我出任了 Law MediaJustitia 的總編輯。 前者是 LA的期刊,一年出版四次。後者是同學寫的 dissertations (畢業論文,當時相當於一個必修科)的選編,類似後來的 Hong Kong Student Law Review。我很珍惜在這些出版工作上同學們同心協力的精神。我現在的同事陳文敏教授當時便是積極參與的一份子。

我在我的中文文集《法治、啟蒙與現代法的精神》(北京中國政法大學出版社1998年版)的「自序」中表達了我對當時另一位(高我一屆的)同學曾燕玲的深切悼念。她是在1988年辭世的。她不是我的女友,但她是我最敬重的、在我的大學生活中在思想信仰的啟發上對我最大影響的一位學姊。我在寫畢業論文時,決定選擇寫一個與勞工法有關的題目,便是受到她的開啟和鼓勵的。(在我和同事合著的《香港法概論》〈香港三聯書店1999年初版,2009年第二版〉,我仍負責了「僱傭法」(即勞工法)一章,這個研究取向便是源於這份緣。)她是一位虔誠的基督徒,她堅信法律和法律工作者不應只顧為有財富者服務,更重要的是通過法律工作去服務那些在社會中地位卑微、無權無勢、在貧窮線邊緣掙扎的人。她更身體力行她的信念,參與給勞工團體的義務法律諮詢工作(雖然她當時還是個學生)。

我在唸PCLL的一年入了聖約翰學生宿舍,初嚐宿舍的群體生活。宿舍 orientation 的考驗是嚴峻的,我很高興能夠應付過來。離開家人獨立生活,在宿舍中與其他同學的廣泛交往和頻密接觸,使我在生命成長的故事中進入新的篇章。

現在回顧起來,我就讀港大法律學院的四年裏,在學問上確為後來的工作和事業,奠下了紮實的基礎。在宇宙人生的真理的探索上,我盡了很大的努力,確定了自己後來的人生方向。對我來說,在當時,正如在現在,愛仍是生命的最高理想和終極價值。就正如我中學時代的母校的校訓所引用的《聖經》金句所說:

如今常存的有信、有望、有愛,其中最偉大的便是愛。

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CHENG Yan Ki Bonnie (BSS(GL) 2006, LLB 2007, PCLL 2008)
November 2010

It has been 2 years since I graduated from HKU. I started at the university in 2003. After getting my first degree in Government and Laws in 2006, I proceeded to complete the LL.B. in 2007 and the PCLL in 2008. Yet my experience at HKU can hardly be captured by just a couple of sentences. Those five years were some of the best times in my life. I am sure the same applies to many fellows of mine. All those memories, fresh still, must have put a smile on our face: memories of how we trawled through case reports and journal articles in the law library; how we had stacks of distributed materials (or "DMs" as we called them) piling up in our pigeon holes; how we got frustrated at the K.K. Leung lobby, when morning class was about to start and yet all the lifts were packed; how we waited for our exams outside Loke Yew Hall, with notes in our hands and butterflies in our stomach…and, hard to forget too, the feel of that surge of adrenaline inside me when I had my first mooting competition. Of course, the best bit goes to those of how we posed for our graduation pictures and wore the gold proudly on our shoulders.

To me, a good legal education involves the development of a critical mind to analyse – not just what the law is – but also what the law should be. In order to understand, interpret and critique the law, we need a broad command of knowledge – for the law does not exist in vacuum, but is intertwined with the political, economic and cultural aspects of society. I was fortunate to have benefited from the Faculty’s stimulating environment for learning and its increasingly interdisciplinary approach to teaching. I had also enjoyed thoroughly the Government and Laws programme, which offers a rich and nuanced understanding of both the legal and political systems, as well as the intricate relationships between them.

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CHEUNG Cheuk Wah Alexa (LLB 1976, PCLL 1977)
November 2010

I still remember the day when I put down "Law" as my first choice in my application to HKU.  I did so not without misgivings.  I never thought that I would enjoy being a lawyer.  In those days, there were no TV series that glamorized the practice of law.  My father did his best to disabuse me of any nascent aspiration in that direction.  But law was a subject in which I held a serious curiosity.  So against the exhortations of my parents I entered Law School.

I spent much of my LLB years in the corridors of Knowles Building, particularly in the library.  Law was indeed intellectually stimulating.  Lord Denning's visit to the Law School in April 1977 was my epiphany.  When he addressed all of us in the Knowles Building Lecture Hall, I came face to face with the majesty of the law and the true meaning of the honest administration of justice.  Four of us had the privilege of mooting before Lord Denning that afternoon, an experience the memory of which I savour to this day.

HKU law students today are most privileged.  You have not only the strong traditions of a great law school that together we have built.  You also have supporting you a great alumni body that counts among it some of the most respected names on the bench and in the profession.  I wish you all well, and encourage you to keep up our traditions – serving with passion and humility.

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CHING Wai Ying Eliza (LLB 1997, PCLL 1998)
November 2011

The healing power of music … and lyrics

Every now and then, we witness breakdown of relationship, broken promises, betrayal, trespasses, loss of freedom, loss of health, loss of wealth, competition for resources, pain, suffering, loss of amenity ……………

It is not unusual to see clients come to us with sad faces saying :
“my wealth is lost, my friend is false …”
Fine, penalty, compensation in terms of money or otherwise, can it heal?

We may also from time to time hear our learned friends complaining after making submissions in court:
“she hears me not, she heeds me not, nor will she listen to me ...”
Bad day, isn’t it?

“as they tear your hope apart, as they turn your dream to shame ….”
“It’s a struggle, it’s a war.”

Where is the way out?

The law alumni choir is a lovely creature, where “nobody shouts or talks too loud …”
There are conductors encouraging us to sing louder though …

It is not merely my castle on a cloud, but something real, I hear music and voices, reminding me:

“for the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies, even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise…”

“take my hand and lead me to salvation, take my love, for love is everlasting …”

“I see friends shaking hands, saying ‘how do you do?’…”

“I believe my heart, it believes in you …”

“look at the world, so many joys and wonders, so many miracles along our way …”

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

Let us enjoy the show!

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KWOK Hing Wai, Kenneth (LLB 1972, PCLL 1973, Hon. University Fellow 2009)
March 2011

In early 2003, two former students of our law school asked me to be a member of the executive committee of the law alumni association.  I rejected offhand.  I suggested a much more qualified and suitable person.  That person took advices from various persons and gave the matter serious consideration but declined a few months later.

The two former students offered to give me every assistance, including arranging a meeting with various persons whom the two highly recommended to form the executive committee.  They were all busy professionals who came at short notice.  In the event, they agreed to join the executive committee. 

Little did I know then that the two had put together a marvellous working team.  I discovered that our law school enjoyed tremendous alumni and community support.  Numerous alumni, whether or not on the executive committee, are willing to make time available to do what they think is in the best interests of our alma mater and her students. 

Over the years, I have met and worked with more and more former students who believe that "it is a worthwhile course for those of us who were able to benefit from the tertiary education offered by the HKU Law Faculty".   They are instrumental in identifying and expanding the pool of dedicated and enthusiastic supporters with diversified background and interests. New ideas and activities were discussed, resulting in more activities and events being held over the years.   

For me, I am glad to have the honour and privilege to be involved in law alumni work.  This is summed up by what a former student told the organisers of a private party late last year: 

"I have known Kenneth for [decades] and have not seen him so happy before."

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劉進圖 (法學士 1986 , 法學專業證書 1987)
2010年12月

大學一年級那年,看鄧寧勳爵(Lord Denning)寫的半自傳式法律解讀叢書,像看獨行俠闖蕩法律江湖,憑一己卓越藝業,救助孤兒寡婦,主持人間正義,詫然意會原來唸法律不止一門專業知識,打官司不止為了輸贏名利。法律人的世界,原來可以有情有義。當時我並不知道,鄧寧那份特立獨行的精神,會影響往後我的路向抉擇。

大學一年級那年,一個晚上閒著無聊,跑了去港大辯論隊的遴選會,糊裏糊塗入了隊,交了一幫好朋友,打了多場驚險冒汗的比賽,幾年後變成大佬,帶著一伙年青隊友,在兩大和大專競技中衝鋒陷陣,換來許多課堂舍堂生活都沒有的滿足感。當時我並不知道,這一段團隊生活會改變我原來孤闢自我的性格,打開往後在不同機構任事的許多門戶。

大學一年級那年,法學院同學在陸佑堂辦周年舞會,平日穿T恤牛仔褲的同學忽然盛服濃妝,男的禮服煲呔,女的低胸高叉,儼然法律精英社會棟樑,大家都很陶醉於這未來角色,我卻無法投入,一個人跑出去荷花池呼吸新鮮空氣。當時我並不知道,那一晚原來預告了我脫離法律執業,投向無日無夜晨昏顛倒的新聞生涯。

大學二年級那年,走堂次數太多,上導修討論課沒準備,遭導修老師Mrs Mushkat (現在叫Professor Mushkat ) 召見,她是國際法專家,講英語帶濃烈的鄉音,平時上堂非常嚴肅,訓導我時也把話說得十二分嚴厲,但關切期許之情溢於言表。我答應她努力改進,三年級那年選修她教的國際法課程時兌現承諾,本來調研一星期便完成的功課我花了一個月,題目是香港的國家責任,她用放大鏡看我每一個注腳問來源出處,大概不敢相信我真的看完這些材料才下筆,最後滿意了才給我打了甲級成績。當時我並不知道,為了讓這位關心我的老師釋懷,我無意中領會了嚴謹的做學問功夫,並對國際法產生興趣,這對我後來的世界觀和工作態度有著深遠的影響。

大學三年級那年,學科選擇驟增,中國法制入門、法律社會學、國際公法、公民自由 (即人權法) 等冷門學料,都開了半學年課程,連同國際貿易法、商業組織法 (即公司法) 和法律哲學三個全學年課程,剛好可以湊夠五個全學年課程,趣味和挑戰俱備,但選這組合便要放棄證據法,那是法律執業的必修課,將來自修不容易,而且這組合意味要應付七個考試,不利於催谷畢業成績。那時候思想單純,沒有什麼功利計算,喜歡這些冷門學科便不顧後果地全選了。當時我並不知道,這一年的抉擇左右了我往後負笈英倫修讀法律碩士的選科 ( 比較憲法、人權法、國籍法、英國議會規則 ),間接促成了日後持續追求憲法與人權學問、走上全職評論之路、寫下《廿三條演義》。

大學三年級那年,學期結束前要交長篇論文,我選題目時憑主觀感覺,選了普通法制度下的私有產權這樣的大題目,法學院的督導老師坦言很難給意見,我跑去找經濟系的大教授張五常請教,他給了我一個小時,帶我雲遊產權與交易費用的外太空。那時沒有互聯網和搜尋器,只能用笨方法,在圖書館裏一本一本的翻,希望找到探討這冷門課題的片言隻字。當時我並不知道,這份只拿了丙級成績的論文,無意中打下了我對經濟問題的認知和興趣,日後在《信報》做財經新聞和在《明報》撰寫財經類評論,尤其在亞洲金融風暴時,每天與頂尖的經濟學者探討如何改善聯繫匯率制度,都大派用場。

大學三年級那年暑假前,像許多同學一樣,想找一份暑期工,好歹體驗一下律師樓或大律師事務所的生活,因為大專辯論賽決賽上碰到御用大律師李柱銘,他當評判,給了我一百分,我冒昧寫信求職,原以為會跟他出入法庭,聽聽御用大狀如何雄辯滔滔,誰知他全副心神都放到立法局和基本法起草委員會的工作上,我變成議員兼草委助理,每天埋首政治文件,交往的是新聞記者和社運先鋒。當時我並不知道,這段經歷會令我醉心時事,一步一步走向報界,每天揸筆搵食。

大學四年級、唸法律專業執業文憑PCLL那年,四月正值畢業考試準備季節,我和周家明 (Anderson Chow,如今頂頂有名的資深大律師) 意外獲推薦到北京參加一個國際法講座,聽牛津大學的教授講課,訪京期間剛巧基本法起草委員會在北京開會,最高領導人鄧小平會見草委,明確表示三權分立的美國民主模式不適合香港,周家明和我去探望李柱銘,被他拉著談政治,他要撰寫講詞反駁鄧小平。當時我並不知道,這次天子腳下犯顏直諫,預告了他在一九八九年後脫離草委建制終身擔當反對派的角色,也啟發了我對思考香港政治問題的興趣。

碩士課程結束後,回港從事新聞工作,一做便二十多年。如今回看,大學年代霎時衝動做的小決定,原來會點滴積累,環環相扣,最終把我帶到進大學時無法預見不可思議的人生軌跡上去。

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沈紅雨 (普通法碩士 2003)
2010年11月


香港大學於我,總有一種難言的親切感,可能因為常常想起,所以並不覺得離開校園已經很久了。和許多來自內地的MCL學子一樣,每天背著沉重的書包兩點一線地往返於聖約翰學院和法學院之間,艱難地試圖聽懂夾雜著各種口音的老師們的英文授課,氣喘吁吁地趕在最後期限前交上一份不那麼令人滿意的作業……,大家都好像變成了雨中沒有帶傘的那個孩子,除了自己努力奔跑,沒有任何可求助的力量。

佛語云 "福不唐捐",喻種下的善因並不會白白浪費。畢業後很多年才領悟到當年那些認真學習的每一瞬間,都是善知識者之大因緣。所謂授人以魚不如授人以漁,當初學的東西固然大半煙消雲散,然而遵守學術規範、思辯避免擅斷、明德格物致知這些接近知識的銘訓,卻在不知不覺中生根發芽,悄然影響著我們的人生態度。

每個人的一生會經歷各種正式和非正式的教育,最長的不一定是最難忘的,但是最難忘的必然是最受益的。所以借此機會,我也想謝謝港大法學院的師生們,感謝你們在每節課前都複印了厚厚的資料方便學生閱讀;感謝你們無分厚薄地向每位畢業生寄送校刊;感謝你們定期組織校友聚會讓舊雨新知相聚聯誼。正是你們的努力讓港大成為每位學生的精神家園,不需要想起,確永遠都不會忘記。

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鄧樹榮 (法學士 1982 ,法學專業證書 1983)
2016 年 2月

我做了約一年律師,便往法國學習戲劇。

學習法律最大的得著是意識到問問題的重要性,如何將最重要的東西變成一個議題(issue)。在創作上,我也經常問:這次創作的藝術命題是甚麼?為甚麼是這個命題?藝術家其實要感性與理性並重。特別是當導演/設計這類工作,定當要理性思辨出一個作品的結構與內在邏輯;而感性則是訴諸於意象,情懷,機遇,混亂,總之就是要「反秩序」,所以我一定會刻意地製造混亂,設法讓演員即興,因為導演/設計永遠也沒法單憑一己的思維就能描繪出所有的可能性,必定要讓演員也貢獻其想像力,才能產生一個更有機及更能盛載驚喜的作品。

回想過去,若法律學院當年加設以下兩科,可能效果會更好一點。其一是符號學(semiotics)。法律是由文字將概念寫出來,再經語言討論而被人理解及付諸行動,文字語言是透過約定俗成的意符(signifier)及意指(signified)所建立。前者指發出訊息的符號,後者指這個符號背後的含意。符號學應可幫助法律學生更好地掌握文字語言發放出來的概念。

其二是心理學。研究罪犯的心理狀態是律師(特別是大律師)不可缺少的專業知識。而學習心理學對年青人來說最好的途徑是表演藝術。事實上,外國有不少的法律學生都要研讀劇本,並需接受初級的表演訓練。閱讀劇本可以深入理解人物的心理過程。例如Macbeth第三幕第一場,Macbeth要兩個殺手殺死Banquo,當他們答應,他再要他們連Banquo的兒子Fleance也得殺:

Macbeth
....Fleance, his son, that keeps him company,
Whose absence is no less material to me
Than is his father’s, must embrace the fate
Of that dark hour. Resolve yourselves apart.
I’ll come to you anon.

Both Murderers
We are resolved, my lord.

當Macbeth說”Resolve yourselves apart. I’ll come to you anon” 的時候,他已預計到這兩位殺手對謀殺小孩會有所保留,而當殺手說 ”We are resolved, my lord”,他們已決定會去殺小孩。 那這兩人在甚麼時候作出這個決定的呢?我認為,當Macbeth 說 ”Whose absence is no less material to me Than is his father’s” ,殺手已開始有反應,而接著兩三句,他們便完全理解Macbeth的意圖,最後作出肯定的回答。了解這幾句說話的含意,
便可以幫助學生更清晰地了解這幾個人物的心理狀態。學習表演則可令學生透過自己的身體及思想變成某個人物,從而更了解這個人物的行事動機。亦即是說:你想了解別人為何這樣做,不如你自己先模擬做一次。

不過,語言具有先天的某種不確定性,「有」東西要說往往變成了「說不清楚」其實是什麼東西,愈說愈亂!於是我銳意發展形體劇場,深化「去語言化」之後的感受與表達能力。我愈來愈覺得,沒有語言的溝通才是最真誠的溝通。

正如莎士比亞,說完了他的台詞,一切回歸寂靜,夠了。

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WU Hung Yuk Anna (LLB 1974, PCLL 1975)
November 2010

I often think about who my friends are and where they come from. I need friends on both bad days and good days - on bad days, to sooth my battered spirit,  and on good days, simply to enjoy their company. University life had been a most enjoyable part of my life and it had been most exploratory as well. Decades after I graduated, I still have many friends from my university days and we huddle regularly to have a good laugh and to live through the  many turbulences that come our way, big and small.  The thing about our classmates is that we are at ease with each other and we don’t  feel  inhibited in each other's company. And somehow differences and rivalry matter less. This is a privilege that we share as classmates and it is a gift that we make to each other, a gift that is perhaps as light as a feather but laden with good wishes.

University life shaped us and we shaped each other as fellow students. Our effect on each other continues as graduates.  I would always feel a bit taller whenever a classmate of mine gained stature. The reverse would also be true. I  would feel shame when one of us did bad things. We are a community. We share a common past and we  are tied to a common future.  The question is what can each one of us do for this community. Many have contributed significantly. Perhaps the most difficult  thing for us  is to  make time for this community, time to see a mentee or time to run the alumni association or time to respond to a simple request. The truth is I have been delinquent with the last one.  I have been tardy in sending you this message of appreciation that it is my privilege to be part of this community.