Week 5 into the second semester of University and I feel it’s time for me to share a little more about the work life.
At the moment I am enrolled onto 5 courses, including one non-law module, Cantonese.
I am taking the following 4 Law modules:
1. Advanced Topics in Constitutional Law
2. Privacy and Data Protection
3. Equality and Non-Discrimination
4. Intellectual Property Law in China
Advanced Topics in Constitutional Law
As the name states, it is learning about various topics within the remit of Constitutional Law but in a more mature and comparative way. We have looked at the Hong Kong common law and constitution, often comparing this to those of other common law and civil law jurisdictions. Some of the topics covered include Judicial balancing; The use of foreign law in interpreting Constitutions; Due Process; The typography of Constitutional arguments. This is probably my favourite subject this semester.
Privacy and Data Protection
Here we look at a breadth of things, focusing on both current issues with privacy and data protection as well as methods of protecting these important values in today’s society.
Equality and Non-Discrimination
This subject questions what renders discrimination as well as taking a global perspective on what instruments attempt to protect equality and non-discrimination. Additionally, we attempt to measure the extent to which these are effective.
Intellectual Property Law in China
This is perhaps my second favourite module this semester. Here we learn about Copyright, Trademarks and Patents, examining the state of the law in both Hong Kong and Mainland China. All the while we are questioning why Chinese law is important as well as taking a look at recent developments in the law. Learning about fake goods including a fake Apple store, fake McDonalds and fake Disneyland has definitely been a highlight of class so far.
Cantonese is challenging and requires dedication through continuous practice. However, unlike Mandarin classes, you do not have to learn characters. This is important because whilst you do not have to memorise random shapes, Cantonese has more tones than Mandarin. The former containing 9, of which only 6 are taught, the latter only containing 3. The workload is demanding for both but given the inclusions of characters in Mandarin, it comes as no surprise that those taking the subject are constantly examined throughout the semester.
My four law modules are on Tuesday and Wednesday meaning that I have a lot of reading for those two days. As you can imagine, there is a huge panic on Monday and Tuesday as I attempt to get everything done in time. The two days are very intense! The plus side is that I have Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays off.
On another note, we have a new body of exchange students. Most of the British students from last semester are still here this semester providing some familiarity. Contrary to our expectations there aren’t that many new exchange students. Last semester there were numerous exchange students, feeling like somewhere in the hundreds region. This time there’s not that many at all, perhaps below 100! Inevitably, this means that I have been able to spend more time with those from last semester allowing us to form more solid friendships.
I already have a midterm due in a couple of weeks, a couple more due and reading week is creeping up in less than 2 weeks. It would be great to have a break.
The nightlife in Hong Kong is fantastic and whilst most people would say that any city has a good nightlife, Hong Kong’s is exceptional. Attracting people from all over the World, it naturally has a range of different scenes. From a gazillion bars to island, warehouse and beach parties as well as the usual clubs.
One example of the wonderful nightlife is the notorious secret speakeasy, ‘001.’ Yes, you read that, it is secret. How does this work, you might ask? Well, located in the middle of a dodgy alleyway in Soho, 001 is difficult to find. Further, once on the correct road you will find an unmarked black door with an illuminated doorbell. Upon pressing the doorbell, you will hear a knock at the door from within where someone will open the door and then take you to a table. Dimly lit, the bar goes for a mature yet outgoing look, with black and teal modern decorations throughout. This came as a surprise given the state of the street it is located on. With no website, the bar is becoming increasingly popular through word of mouth. The elusive and mystifying element makes the ordinary experience a whole lot more exciting. I will definitely be returning some time soon.
The downside to the Hong Kong nightlife is that it can be expensive. If you’re looking to save money, as a lady you could just stick to all the Ladies Nights and their free drinks. Sorry lads.