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  • Peter Kam Fai Cheung SBS

Recognize My Own Shadow


FADE IN:

INT. SITTING ROOM - DAY

PETER reads a travel magazine.

PETER (V.O.)

Yes, I should add a side trip

to Asahikawa in Feb to see

the world's largest ice

sculptures.

Pausing.

PETER(V.O.)(Cont'd)

I must be enjoying life,

planning my travel in the

morning.

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY

Peter's phone rings.

CALLER#1

(From phone)

Mr Cheung, would you accept

the brief...Oh, I check that you

won't be in Hong Kong...

PETER

Yes, I've to decline...

EXT. ROAD - DAY

Coming out from a swimming pool, Peter's hair is still wet. He checks his phone messages.

PETER (V.O.)

Well, a lawyer friend wanted

to talk me an hour ago.

Peter types.

INT. SITTING ROOM

CALLER#2

(From phone)

To continue to celebrate HKU

Law Faculty's Golden Jubilee,

would you like to share some

reflections?

PETER

Well, it's a great honour to be

included...

FLASHBACK & MONTAGE OF PETER'S HKU LAW FACULTY CONNECTIONS (1981-1985)

A/ Summer, 1981, Peter (27) attends a written exam and an interview at the LAW SCHOOL.

B/ Autumn, 1981, Peter travels from his parents' HOME to the LAW SCHOOL.

C/ Autumn,1982, in a TUTORIAL GROUP of eight persons, Peter is the only male.

D/ Autumn, 1983, Peter attends classes in CHINESE LAW and INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW.

E/ Autumn, 1984, Peter attends an LLB GRADUATION CEREMONY.

F/ Autumn, 1985, Peter finds his name in the PCLL PASS LIST.

END FLASHBACK & MONTAGE

CALLER#2

(From phone)

Would you be available from

end March to mid-April?

Peter taps his phone calendar.

PETER

(Apologetically)

I've to chase sakura blossoms

from March 31 to April 3.

CALLER#2

You're well deserved to enjoy

life. We'll try to accommodate.

INT. STUDY - DAY

Working behind his computer, Peter looks out of the window.

PETER (V.O.)

What have I achieved in my

area of public practice?

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)

To me, it was already an

achievement that I could

study at HKU. Those were

the days when few local

lawyers would work for

the Government. It created

an opportunity for me, as a

civil servant, for the legal

training.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

I knew I had to compete with

the cream of the crop. As I

couldn't afford to fail, I spent

my full four years just studying

law, either in the Law Library

or at home.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

On Aug 31, 1985, I became

a Barrister and an Assistant

Crown Counsel; in 1986,

Crown Counsel; and in 1988,

Senior Crown Counsel.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

Then I switched to legal

policy work, wanting to

create societal impact

rather than to have court

glamour.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

In 1991, I joined the newly

established Intellectual

Property Department. I

designed Hong Kong's

localized and modernized

intellectual property

system.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Yes, the testing Bill was

entitled: Layout-design

(Topography) of Integrated

Circuits. It was passed in

1994 without any query.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

But my Singaporean

counterparts asked me

many questions about

the policy considerations

of the law's provisions as

they wanted to enact the

same.

Pausing.

PETER(V.O.) (Cont'd)

In addition to other

interim legislative

amendments, my mission

was accomplished when

the Copyright Bill, the

Registered Designs Bill

and the Patents Bill were

all passed on the same

date ie 27 June, 1997,

preampting a legal laguna.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

Yes, the international

intellectual property

community also have

high regard of Hong

Kong's development.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

On behalf of Hong Kong,

China, I began from 1997

to make interventions in

WIPO Conferences and

General Assemblies in

Geneva, making Hong

Kong's presence felt.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

In 2004, I was appointed

by WTO's Director General

as a Panelist to settle two

disputes between US v

EC and Australia v EC -

the only Hong Kong lawyer

so far to have such privilege.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd)

I also assumed the

responsibilities to negotiate

the intellectual property

chapters of Hong Kong's first

Free-Trade Agreements

with a country ie New Zealand

and a customs union ie the

European Free Trade

Association.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Working with like-minded

visionaries, intellectual property

is linked with business and

trading in Hong Kong. And

now, I want to link it with finance.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Yes, I've played my role and

and achieved my goal to

make societal impact. I should

recognize my own shadow.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

Having retired from my position

of authority, it's great to have

third-party endorsement of

what I've achieved. And I

should do the knowledge

transfer.

Peter finds an image from this phone.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

I still visit HKU Law Library

these days.

Pausing.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

In the brink of an eye, I've

become what I'm today. As

I can still travel, I had better

travel more.

Peter checks phone emails.

PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd)

My dinner order in that onsen

hotel in May has been confirmed.

Good, looking forward to that!

FADE OUT. The End

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