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Geoffrey Ma    馬道立

Year of Call – England and Wales 1978; Hong Kong: 1980; Australia (Victoria): 1983; Singapore 1990
Year of Silk: 1993
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The Hon Geoffrey Ma is the former Chief Justice of Hong Kong, having retired from that position in January 2021. He accepts appointments as an arbitrator and a mediator.

Prior to joining the Hong Kong Judiciary, he was in private practice as a barrister at Temple Chambers. He practised mainly in commercial, company and public law, including arbitrations. He was Head of Chambers before his appointment as a Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2001. He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in the following year, and appointed Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003. He served as the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal from 2010 to 2021.

He is the Editor in Chief of Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide (1st to 5th editions). He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, on their Panels of Arbitrators and Mediators, and is also on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. He is also a door tenant of Brick Court Chambers, London and has offices in Singapore.

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Appointments And Public Office

  • Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong (2010-2021)

  • Honorary Bencher (Gray’s Inn) (2004)

  • Hon LL.D (University of Birmingham 2011)

  • Grand Bauhinia Medal (GBM) (2012)

  • Honorary Fellow (Harris Manchester College, Oxford) (2012)

  • Officier de l’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur (2015)

  • Hon LL.D (Chinese University of Hong Kong) (2016)

  • Honorary Bencher (Middle Temple) (2016)

  • Honorary LL.D (University of Hong Kong) (2019)

  • Honorary LL.D (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

  • Honorary Professor, Faculty of Law (University of Hong Kong) (2021)

  • Honorary Chair and Professor of the Law School (University of Birmingham) (2021)

  • Honorary Professor of Law of the Faculty of Law (Chinese University of Hong Kong) (2021)

  • Education


    University of Birmingham LL.B

    Publications And Articles

  • Editor in Chief of Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide (1st to 5th editions).

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