PILnet is a global non-governmental organization that creates opportunities for social change by unlocking the law’s full potential. Its Law for Change Student Competition is an opportunity for students to incubate their own social change projects mainly in the following focus areas:

  • Environment and climate change: Solutions that have the potential to advance protection of the environment or fight climate change.
  • Health and wellbeing: Health and wellbeing are defined as holistic concepts and projects may also consider mental, spiritual, and social needs.
  • Decent living: Solutions to the housing concerns and housing crisis in Hong Kong.

This year HKU students performed strongly in the competition and congratulations to the following teams (in alphabetical order):

Project: Port-of-Call Initiative
A social change project aimed at empowering refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong and enhancing the inclusivity and support in higher education institutions.
[Members: Wing Chan (BA & LLB 4), Kinson Cheung (BSocSc (Govt & Laws) & LLB 4), Amanda Huang (LLB 3), Mandy Wong (BA & LLB 4), Norris Woo (BSocSc (Govt & Laws) & LLB 2)]

Project: TransForm
TransForm aims to address the injustice jointly constituted by language barriers and legal illiteracy faced by Ethnic Minorities by providing basic legal training to frontline staff in NGOs who face difficulties in understanding legal terminology; producing multilingual information packs on legal issues frequently encountered by Ethnic Minorities; and producing multilingual one-stop application guides that provides interactive explanations on important processes, for instance public rental housing and visa applications.
[Members: Tiffany Cheung (BSocSc (Govt & Laws) & LLB 3), Janice Leung (BSocSc (Govt & Laws) & LLB 3), Mok Tsung Tsun Jeffrey (BSocSc (Govt & Laws) & LLB 3), Ronnie Ng (BBA (Law) & LLB 3), Ivy Wu (BSocSc (Govt & Laws) & LLB 3)]

Project: WholeHearted
An initiative aimed at providing both legal and personal support to the single father community in Hong Kong.
[Members: Joyce Leung (LLB 2), Ruby Leung (LLB 2) (together with students from other universities)]

For details about the competition, please visit https://www.pilnet.org/our-work/asia/incubation/.