2012 Tsinghua University: Elsie Leung Oi-sie (梁爱诗女士)
(Ms. Elsie Leung Oi-sie)
Elsie Leung Oi-sie, GBM, JP, was the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong from 1997 to 2005, and was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong. She headed the Department of Justice which then had a staff of 1,000. She is currently a Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of The National People’s Congress of the PRC.
Leung was educated in Hong Kong. She passed her Law Society Qualifying Examination in 1967 and obtained her LLM degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1988. She was a partner of some local law firms, specializing in commercial matters, in particular relating to China Trade, and matrimonial causes before she became the Secretary for Justice.
Leung has been active in legal profession and the community at large. She is a past President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers. She served on various government boards and committees, including the Independent Police Complaints Council, Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Inland Revenue Board of Review. She was also an honorary legal adviser to many non-governmental organizations. Currently, she still serves on various committees of several NGOs.
Leung was appointed a Delegate of the People’s Congress of Guangdong Province in 1989. In 1993, she was appointed as a Delegate of the 8th National People’s Congress as well as a Hong Kong Affairs Adviser. She is also an INED of UC Rusal Plc. and China Resources Powers Holdings Ltd.
Leung was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa by The China University of Political Science & Law, the Warwick University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University and The University of Science & Technology.
For her distinguished public service, and for her significant contributions in ensuring the successful implementation of the new constitutional order under the one country, two systems concept, Leung was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in July 2002.
One Country, Two Systems