Dr. Gerard McCoy QC SC
Office Contact No.: 2866 8233
Fax: 2866 7858
QC, SC, SBS, BA, LLB (VUW), M Sc, PhD (Law) (Cant), Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand, of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. of the Supreme Court of Victoria, of the High Court of Australia, of the High Court of Hong Kong, of the High Court of Fiji, of the High Court of the Cook Islands, of the High Court of Niue, of the High Court of the Isle of Man, of the English Bar (Middle Temple)

His interests are constitutional law, public law, evidence, criminal law, extradition, defamation, competition law, commercial law, medico-legal, disciplinary tribunals and equity. 

He regularly appears as counsel in the highest courts of a large number of different trial and appellate common law jurisdictions including the Privy Council (most recently Arorangi Timberland Ltd v Minister of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund [2016] UKPC 32, [2017] 1 WLR 99 (Declaring primary legislation unconstitutional on the basis of discrimination).  He has been accepted as an expert witness in the law of Hong Kong in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom (most recently on behalf of the Australian Government in the Federal Court of Australia). He was appointed as a Deputy Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong in 2001-2003, exercising full civil and criminal law jurisdiction and as a Recorder of the High Court 2006-2008. He was a member of two Hong Kong Law Reform Commission Committees.   

He is also Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Canterbury University in New Zealand where teaches LLM students and occasional undergraduate courses.  He was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2005.

Authored Books

•  AA Bruce & GJX McCoy, "Criminal Evidence in Hong Kong", Butterworths, 1991 - 2018 (now in loose-leaf)
•  DJ Clark & GJX McCoy, "Administrative Law in Hong Kong", Butterworths, 1992 (2nd edition)
•  DJ Clark & GJX McCoy, "Habeas Corpus – Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific", (2nd edition) Federation Press, 2018
•  DJ Clark & GJX McCoy, "The Most Fundamental Right: Habeas Corpus in the Commonwealth", Clarendon Press, Oxford University, 2000
•  GJX McCoy, Judicial Recusal in New Zealand in HP Lee (ed) "Judiciaries in Comparative Perspective", Cambridge University Press, 2011

General Editor

•  New Zealand Administrative Reports, 1997 - Present
•  Hong Kong Cases, Law Reports, 1993 - 2006
•  Hong Kong Public Law Reports, 1993 -2006
•  Hong Kong Law Reports and Digest, 2007 -2012
•  Archbold: Hong Kong 2004 Criminal Law, Practice & Pleadings (1st ed)