Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu Oi is one of the three Permanent Judges of the Court of Final Appeal of the Hong Kong SAR. He obtained both his LLB and PCLL from HKU, and served as a District Court judge from 1987 to 1991, Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court from 1991 to 1992, and Judge of the High Court from 1992 to 1997. In 1997, Mr Justice Chan was the first HKU law graduate to be appointed Chief Judge of the High Court. He was appointed Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal in 2000.
Mr Justice Chan has made important contributions to the implementation of a bilingual court system in Hong Kong. He has been deeply involved in legal education and has also worked closely with the University's Law Faculty, supporting its development and providing opportunities for students to better understand the discipline. He has served on many HKU committees, including the University's Council from 2000 to 2009, and was awarded an Honorary University Fellowship in 2003. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the City University of Hong Kong in 2008.
In recognition of his contributions to academia and Hong Kong, the University has resolved to confer upon Mr Justice Patrick Chan Siu Oi the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.