This study uses the case of Hong Kong lawyers to investigate how elite professionals change career trajectories at historical turning points. During 1994-1997 and 2018-2021, hundreds of lawyers quit practice in Hong Kong to pursue other career options, such as business and finance, government and politics, or relocation to other countries. Drawing on the career mobility records of law firm partners reported in 336 monthly issues of the Hong Kong Lawyer journal from 1994 to 2021 and other archival sources, the study examines how and why local and expatriate professionals left their high-status jobs to pursue other career paths during the two major historical turning points in Hong Kong.
Speaker: Prof Sida LIU, Professor of Law and Sociology, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
Sida Liu is Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Before joining the HKU faculty in 2022, he taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal professions. In addition to his empirical work, he also writes on theories of law, professions, and social spaces. Professor Liu holds courtesy appointments as Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, Vice President of the China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Affiliated Scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. In 2016-2017, he was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Host: Prof Han ZHANG, Assistant Professor, Division of Social Science, HKUST