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M.A. Oxon (1974); Call (England and Wales) 1976; Hong Kong (1993); Senior Counsel 2006
Paul Harris S.C. is a public law and human rights specialist but also has considerable experience of property and commercial litigation including issues relating to trusts. He has considerable experiences of cases involving issues of cross-border jurisdiction and is the joint author of Johnston & Harris: "The Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong" ( Sweet & Maxwell 2017). He practices in both London and in Hong Kong, where he is one of the SAR’s leading public law silks.
Leading Hong Kong cases have included
HKSAR v Ng Kung Siu (1999) 2 HKCFAR 442 ( the “flag burning” case);
Gurung Kesh Bahadur v Director of Immigration  5 HKCFAR 480, about the right of Hong Kong residents to re-enter Hong Kong after traveling
Andayani v Chan Oi Ling  4 HKC 501 about rights of domestic helpers
Ng Wai Sang v Secretary for Justice  3 HKC 501 about reasons for administrative decisions
HKSAR v Yeung May Wan & Ors  2 HKLRD 212 about the right to demonstrate (the “Falun Gong hunger strikers” case)
Tong Yu Lam v Long Term Prison Sentence Review Board, CACV 203/2006 ( about review of sentence of mandatory life sentence prisoners)
Cho Man Kit v Broadcasting Authority, 8 May 2008, about sexual orientation discrimination (the “Gay Lovers” case).
Epoch Group Ltd v Director of Immigration  HKCFI 166, a successful challenge to the Director of Immigration’s decision to refuse entry to Hong Kong to members of the Shen Yun dance troupe from New York
Esquire (Electronics Ltd) v HSBC  HKCA 383, the “ Magic Score” litigation about alleged breaches of trust by HSBC with regard to sale of a commercial property.
His most notable recent English case was Bancoult v Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (No 2)  UKSC 35, on behalf of the displaced Chagos Islanders.
His other publications include “Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong: Election law”, “The right to demonstrate” (2007), and "Raising Freedom's Banner - how peaceful demonstrations have changed the world" (2015). Paul has recently conducted seminars on Hong Kong election law and on defamation and the internet.
Paul speaks fluent French German and Spanish and regularly translates legal documents from those languages. He also speaks reasonably fluent Cantonese and can conduct conferences in Cantonese.