Past Events


2017 Hong Kong Law Fair

In 2017 the MCLS was proud to once again support the Melbourne Law School at the annual Hong Kong Law Fair for 2017. This event provides students with essential information about opportunities in law and legal education in Hong Kong.

The MCLS was proud to host specific events for students with firms Clifford Chance as well as Skadden.


16/03/2017 Alumni Networking Drinks

MCLS proudly hosted our annual Alumni Networking Drinks in Semester 1 of 2017. This was an opportunity for law students to mingle with previous committee members, and to learn about how their careers have involved China after law school.

Alumni lawyers working in various legal firms were in attendance, including those at large international law firms, who handle cross-border transactions involving Chinese clients on a regular basis.


Australia-China Youth Association/ MCLS Speaker Event: The Future of Chinese Investment Into Australia Featuring Norton Rose Fulbright

The Australia-China Youth Association at the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Chinese Law Society present to their members an exciting Speaker Event!!

Topic: The Future of Chinese Investment into Australia

We have organised a number of high calibre speakers who have extensive experience in the Australia-China context. There will an opportunity to ask the speakers questions during the event and nibbles will be provided afterwards.


– Mr James Stewart (Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright)

– Mr Gary Hogan AM, CSC (Director at KPMG Advisory, Defence and National Security)

– Ms Helen Hu (Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne)


Baker & McKenzie Presentation – featuring Global Head of Mining Partner John Mollard

The MCLS hosted Baker & McKenzie partner John Mollard, as he discussed the range of opportunities offered by his firm, his distinguished legal career and experiences working in China. This was a great opportunity to get real insight into the work of a successful global lawyer.

The presentation was followed by networking opportunities. Natalie Mascarenhas, Talent Management Consultant at Baker & McKenzie, was also be present.


Baker & McKenzie Dumpling Eating Competition 

Introducing the first ever Baker & McKenzie Dumpling Eating Competition, come to Level 1 of the law school for your chance to become the Melbourne Law School Dumpling Eating Champion!

Registration is FREE, which means FREE DUMPLINGS!! Put your name in a hat, and if you’re selected, you better be ready to devour some dim sum scrum-ptioness. Gorge your face while your friends cheer you on from the sides!

The competition will have the same format as that of the prestigious Guiness World Record Most-Dumplings-Eaten-in-2-minutes. As the name suggests, this involves you consuming as many dumplings as you can in 2 minutes. The rules are simple: you can only have 1 dumpling in your mouth at a time; a mouth-checker will ensure that you have swallowed your dumpling before you move on to the next; no liquid; and no regurgitating.

Can YOU beat the Guiness World Record of 18 dumplings and become the heralded Champion of Dumplings at Law?

Proudly sponsored by Baker & McKenzie


Skadden Cocktail Reception 

Skadden is holding a cocktail reception for law students working in Asia.

This is a great chance to come along to find out about their Asia practice and working in Hong Kong.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to with your resume and transcripts on or before March 13, 2015.


Hogan Lovells Commercial Awareness Workshop

Hogan Lovells, a leading international law firm, is running an interactive workshop, so come along to learn more!

Hogan Lovells has over 2,500 lawyers operating out of more than 40 offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States



Andrew Godwin Presents – Living and Working in Hong Kong

If you’re considering living and working in Hong Kong as a lawyer in the future, come and find out more about lifestyle, finances, admission as a lawyer and other crucial information!

This is a must attend event for those who wish to attend the Hong Kong Law Fair – it will provide you with a much better idea about whether you would want to have a career in Hong Kong in the first place.

This informal session will be facilitated by Mr Andrew Godwin, Lecturer at Melbourne Law School. Andrew is a graduate of Melbourne Law School and was the Chief Representative banking and finance partner at Linklaters in China for 10 years.


Negotiating Complex Deals in the Asia-Pacific: The IBM Experience 

An interactive roundtable discussion on negotiating complex deals in the Asia-Pacific! We were delighted to welcome Chris de la Harpe, former lead negotiator for IBM Asia-Pacific (and currently head of IBM’s ANZ Trust and Compliance unit), who shared his experiences working and negotiating large IT contracts across the region with private companies, large SOEs as well as sovereign governments.

Chris spoke about negotiation styles, strategies, and cross-cultural challenges in reaching a deal.




MCLS and Skadden, Arps are proud to present Australia’s first ever Chinese Negotiation Competition!

No Chinese language skills needed: this competition is designed to train your negotiation and cross-cultural communication skills rather than your language skills. Due to the structure of the competition, people with no Chinese language skills can still participate – and win.

This kind of competition has never been held before in Australia – and possibly in the entire English speaking world! The only comparable initiatives are Oxford’s annual French Moot, and Tokyo University’s intercollegiate negotiation competition – which lack the ‘cross-cultural communication’ aspect this competition has.

In 2014 MCLS is therefore launching something truly new.

Come to our workshop on Thursday 14 August to learn more. We will talk about the format of the competition, how non-Chinese speakers are able to participate, etc.

This competition is sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Skadden Arps, Skadden, MCSL, Melbourne Law Students Society, Sponsor


Australia China Youth Association and MCLS Presents: The Shanghai Free Trade Zone – Implications for Australia

The MCLS has teamed up with the Australia China Youth Association to present students an insight into how the leaders of successful firms are confronting the implications of the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai.


Tim Lu- Director China Practice, KPMG
Louis Chiam, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
Chris Haynes, CFO of Oncard International Ltd




An exciting array of opportunities await young commercially-focused law graduates in Hong Kong. Are you interested in finding out more about working in one of the finance capitals of the world? Join us at the Hong Kong Law Fair, which will host 12 Hong Kong-based international law firms and 2 Hong Kong Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) providers.

Come and speak directly to representatives from:
Allen and Overy
Baker & McKenzie
City University of Hong Kong
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hong Kong University
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom
Simmons & Simmons


Career Pathways at King & Wood Mallesons – An International Perspective

The MCLS organised for two KWM lawyers, Edward Tudor and Daniel Allman, who have recently returned from a 3 month secondment in KWM’s Shanghai and Beijing offices, to talk about how they pursued international legal experiences and why YOU should too. Learn how knowledge in Mandarin is neither sufficient, nor necessary, for a successful career abroad!


MCLS Movie Night

In celebration of the end of Semester 2, the MCLS ran a free movie night.

Let the Bullets Fly was be screened. Let the Bullets Fly is a 2010 action comedy film written and directed by Jiang Wen, based on a story by Ma Shitu, a famous Sichuanese writer. The film is set in Sichuan during the 1920s when the bandit Zhang (Jiang Wen) descends upon a town posing as its new mayor. The film also stars Chow Yun-fat, Carina Lau, Ge You, Chen Kun and Zhou Yun.


MCLS Trivia Night

Consider yourself the King or Queen of trivia? Or know someone who always has all the answers?

Bring them to the Melbourne Chinese Law Society’s trivia night on Thursday the 12th of September for a night of fun, drinks, and the opportunity to win some prizes.

Location: Corkmans, 160 Leicester St Carlton VIC 3053

Time: Starts at 6:30pm


Corporate Governance Development in China

Helen Hu delivered this insightful session on the current state and direction of corporate governance in China.


China’s Fifth Generation Directors: Chen Kai Ge’s Farewell My Concubine

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the graduation of China’s ‘Fifth Generation Directors’ from the Beijing Film Academy, the MCLS hosted a film screening of Director Chen Kai Ge’s Farewell My Concubine (霸王別姬). The Fifth Generation Directors are constituted of the first group of filmmakers to emerge in the wake of the Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaopeng’s re-opening of schools and academies. Their works have been foundational to the shaping of modern Chinese cinema and were the impetus for bringing worldwide attention to the changing face of Chinese cinema.

Chen Kai Ge is the most prominent and influential figure of the Fifth Generation. Farewell My Concubine, which is the only Chinese film to date to win the Cannes Palme d’Or, is his representative piece. It follows the lives of two orphans who have joined the Peking Opera troupe, and explores the effect of China’s mid-20th century political turmoil on their careers and relationships.


MCLS Culture Series: Learn Tai Chi

The MCLS’s first Tai Chi session!

A representative from the Yu Long Wushu-Tai Chi school introduced participants to Tai Chi and QiGong and then demonstrated Tai Chi movements.


Liberalising the Energy Production Sector in China Through Pricing on Carbon: Some Preliminary Findings

Delivered by Hao Zhang.


Hong Kong Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) Seminar

In preparation for the Hong Kong Law Fair, Career Development Services held a PCLL seminar to help students understand the purpose of the PCLL as part of the process for admission to practice in Hong Kong.

In this seminar, Andrew Godwin, Lecturer at Melbourne Law School, spoke about the PCLL process as well as general aspects of living and working in Hong Kong. Andrew is a graduate of Melbourne Law School and was a leading banking and finance lawyer in China for 10 years.


Information Session with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP Hong Kong

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP held an information session in the lead up to the Hong Kong Law Fair.


Commercial Arbitration: Hong Kong and China

Nick Longley, partner of International Law Firm Holman Fenwick Willan presented a paper on dispute resolution in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China. The paper concentrated on arbitration, which is the main form of dispute resolution for commercial disputes and covered:

1. The advantages of arbitration in China and the wider Asia Pacific Region;
2. The recent changes to arbitration law in Hong Kong and China
3. Enforcement of arbitration awards in China
4. Recent decisions on sovereign immunity for Chinese state owned enterprises.


MCLS Presents: The Chinese Tertiary System: Legal Education in China

As part of the University’s Diversity Week, the Melbourne Chinese Law Society (MCLS) hosted a lunchtime seminar on The Chinese Tertiary System: Legal Education in China. Associate Professor Sean Cooney of the Asian Law Centre spoke about the shifting dynamics of university education in China, focusing on his personal exchange experiences to various Law Faculties across the country. This lecture shed light on the variety of law courses currently offered at Chinese Universities and how their structure and content may go to shape the philosophical, political and legal minds of China’s future leaders.

This rich and thought-provoking seminar was followed by a Q + A session.