Lawyer, Human Rights/Constitutional Law (Hong Kong)
Gladys Li studied law at Cambridge University and was called to the Bar of England and Wales after which she practiced as a barrister (advocate) in chambers in London. In 1982, she returned to her home in Hong Kong and entered full-time practice as a barrister. In 1995 and 1996, she was elected Chairperson of the Hong Kong Bar Association. She is a founding member of Civic Party and a member of HK2020, of which Mrs. Anson Chan, former chief secretary, is the convener.
Her interest and professional practice in human rights and administrative law began when she acted for Vietnamese asylum-seekers in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She later extended to constitutional law when she represented right-of-abode claimants, including some cases that went to the Court of Final Appeal. She continues to practice in these areas of law.
She has appeared for applicants in cases challenging the Functional Constituency system of election and, more recently, corporate voting in Functional Constituencies. She co-authored a chapter on the legal status of Functional Constituencies in “Functional Constituencies A Unique Feature of the Hong Kong Legislative Council,” published by Hong Kong University Press in 2006.