It is with great sorrow that our beloved alumnus Mr Kenneth Kwok SC, an outstanding member of the legal profession, a close friend and a staunch supporter of the Faculty and the University, passed away on 28 October 2022.
Kenneth was among the first cohort of this law school, receiving his LLB in 1972, his PCLL in 1973, and was the first home-grown barrister called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1974. Since then, he had a distinguished career. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993 and Senior Counsel in 1997. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 2009, and awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star and the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2006 and 2015 respectively in recognition of his relentless public service. In his over forty years of service in the legal profession, Kenneth has served as a Deputy District Judge, a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder of the Court of First Instance, the Chairman of the Board of Review under the Inland Revenue Ordinance and the Chairman of the Market Misconduct Tribunal.
Kenneth took strong interest in legal education. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Legal Education under the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (1995-2004), a member of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training (2005-2011), and a member of the Board of the Faculty of Law of HKU and the Academic Board of the PCLL. In all these capacities, the University has benefited greatly from his insight on and commitment to legal education, and in particular, his guidance in the University’s reform of the PCLL programme.
Kenneth was also one of the University’s most active alumni leaders and has provided ardent support and advice to both the University and the Faculty. He was President of the HKU Law Alumni Association (2003-2006 and 2009-2012). During his Presidency, he established and strengthened various programmes for the University’s law students, in particular the Law Mentorship Programme; the Career Workshop for Law Students and organized the inaugural Law Alumni Choir Concert. He has worked with unparalleled devotion to promote fellowship among law alumni and guidance to law students. In recognition of his contributions to the University and society, HKU conferred on Kenneth the Honorary University Fellowship in 2009.
We shall all miss Kenneth dearly and send our deepest condolences to his family.
Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong