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The Honourable Andrew Li Kwok Nang








served as the First Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China from July 1997 to August 2010. As Chief Justice, he presided in that Court and was the Head of the Judiciary charged with its administration.


He has been widely recognised as a great Chief Justice who provided visionary leadership.¹ He has left “an indelible mark in the annals of the history of the HKSAR”.² He was “the main impetus” in the development of the Court of Final Appeal.³

Born in Hong Kong in December 1948 into a well-known family from Heshan in Guangdong, he was educated at St Paul’s Co-Educational College and its Primary School, and then Repton School in England. He graduated from Cambridge University, practised at the Hong Kong Bar from 1973 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1988.

Before 1997, his community service included serving as a member of the Executive Council, the Chairman of the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee and a Steward of the Jockey Club. His contributions were recognised in 1993 by the award of the Commander of the British Empire.

Thirteen honorary degrees have been conferred on him, including nine by universities in Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, the University of Oxford and the University of New South Wales. His awards include the Grand Bauhinia Medal from the Hong Kong Government and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

He is married with two daughters. His wife, Judy Li Woo Mo Ying, is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong (1970 Social Sciences).




Young, S. N. M., Da Roza, A., & Ghai, Y. (2014). Role of the Chief Justice. In Young, S. N. M., & Ghai Y. (Ed.) Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal: The development of the law in China's Hong Kong   (pp.252). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Ghai, Y. (2014). Themes and arguments. In Young, S. N. M., & Ghai, Y. (Ed.) Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal: The development of the law in China's Hong Kong (pp.29).  Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Mason, A. (2011). Chief Justice Li: A tribute. Hong Kong Law Journal,  41 (1), 1-4. Retrieved from (Requires login)

Pannick, D. (2010, July 29). Li's judgement lays a firm foundation for Hong Kong rule of law.  The Times.  Retrieved from  (Requires login)


Legislative Council. (2010). Official record of proceedings (Dr The Honourable Margaret Ng’s speech) [Government publication]. Retrieved from

Hong Kong Judiciary. (2015, September 25). CJ's speech at ceremonial opening of the Court of Final Appeal building [Press release]. Retrieved from


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