Marco Wan: Representing Law in Hong Kong Cinema


In his lecture, Marco Wan, managing editor of the important international journal “Law & Literature”, will examine representations of law in Hong Kong film. At least since the Sino-British Joint Declaration formalised the return of the city from Britain to China in 1984, Hong Kong's cinema has approached the trial as a forum for resolving both constitutional tensions and questions of identity. The presentation will provide readings of a number of key films to give a sense of the range of representations as well as the legal and cultural issues which coalesce around them.

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Marco Wan is trained in both legal studies and literary studies, and has studied at Yale, Cambridge and Harvard Law School. Marco Wan received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. In 2010 he was Visiting Scholar at Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge as well as Academic Visitor at the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford in 2012. He was recently Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. Currently Marco Wan is Associate Professor of Law and Honorary Associate Professor of English at the University of Hong Kong. He also serves as Associate Dean (International Affairs) at the HKU Law Faculty. He is Managing Editor of Law and Literature, and serves on the editorial boards of various specialist journals.

His research areas include Law and Literature, Law and Film, Legal Theory, Gender, Sexuality and the Law. 

Since June 2017 Prof. Dr. Marco Wan is Fellow at the Käte Hamburger Center “Law as Culture”, Bonn.