The Fifth WINIR Conference will be held in East Asia, in the fascinating city of Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China located south of the mainland Chinese province of Guangdong and east of Macao (click map to englarge). Its strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea has made it one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities, nicknamed the "Pearl of the Orient".
The area was conquered in 214 BCE by Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of a unified China, and has served as a military stronghold serving the defense of the surrounding coastal area since. With the arrival in 1513 of the Portugese explorer Jorge Álvares, it became part of a trading route for Portugese merchants, but a ban limiting contact with foreigners was imposed in 1521. This isolationist policy was put to the test with the arrival in the late 18th century of the British and their newly-found appetite for tea.
Hong Kong as we now know it was born in the aftermath of the First Opium War (1839-1842), when the Chinese defeat led to the cession of Hong Kong Island to Britain in perpetuity under the Treaty of Nanking. It became an official Crown Colony in 1843. Within 60 years, Kowloon, the New Territories and 235 Outlying Islands were likewise brought under British control. In 1898, a 99-year lease was agreed. Sovereignty was transferred back to China in 1997.
Today's Hong Kong, the world's fourth most densely populated territory, the inhabitants of which enjoy the longest life expentancy in the world, is one of the most significant global financial hubs. It ranks highest in the Financial Development Index produced by the World Economic Forum, and during the last decade it has been a world leader in IPOs. Hong Kong is one of the most competitive economies, and an important hub for global trade. With its iconic skyline produced by the world's highest concentration of skyscrapers, Hong Kong is a spectacular and unique place. It is a vibrant, busy city with lots of things to do and see (more information here).
The conference is hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law, one of Asia's leading legal education providers with a global perspective and a strong reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. It is currently ranked in the top 50 law schools in the world (see here).
On Friday 14 September sessions will be held at the Yasumoto International Academic Park in the New Territories district (marker 1). Address:
Yasamoto International Academic Park, Sino Building, Chung Chi Road, Sha Tin, Hong Kong.
On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September sessions will be held at the Graduate Law Center, located on the second floor of the Bank of America Tower in the Central district (marker 2). Address:
Graduate Law Center, 2/F Bank of America Tower, 2 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong.