Barrister; member, Hong Kong Progressive Lawyers’ Group
As a newly qualified barrister, Hongkonger Jason Law works predominantly on criminal cases at Wong Man Kit SC’s Chambers. And as a member of the Hong Kong Progressive Lawyers’ Group (HKPLG), he organizes talks at schools and helps with operation during marches.
The organization was founded in 2015 by lawyers who are dedicated to “promoting rule of law, democracy, human rights, freedom and justice.” Law says that these values spoke to him, and joined in 2017.
“I started paying attention to current affairs in Form 4,” he remembers. “Back then, I participated in different marches and sometimes demonstrations organized by political parties.”
As a think tank, HKPLG provides me with a platform to know other professionals who share the same values and aims and to express our views in an influential way,” he says.
Of his work with HKPLG, one particular highlight for Law happened last year, when the group published a statement and analysis identifying potential legal issues with Hong Kong’s controversial “co-location” joint checkpoint scheme with Mainland China.
“I was in a taxi back home, and the driver was expressing his views on the arrangement to me,” Law remembers. “I found his arguments sound and solid. He then replied: ‘Of course! I read the statement published by HKPLG! And he didn’t know I am a member,” he muses.
Law, who also writes for Hong Kong Chinese publications, says he wants to break down legalese in an approachable way for the masses. In his words: “to explain complex legal and social issues in a simple way, so that everyone in the city understands what is going on and how that affects them.”
His first job? Work experience in a local law firm during high school.
What inspires him? “People around me, especially my brothers and sisters in PLG. They are far more knowledgeable than me.”
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