2017 Honorary Degree Recipient Justice Pang

Justice Pang

Justice Kin Kee Pang, Arts’70, was born in China and raised in Hong Kong, where he graduated from Diocesan Boys’ School in 1966. He received his BA degree from Queen’s in 1970 and was elected to the University Council in 1994 where he served 2 terms until 2006. He is also a long-time Queen’s volunteer, having served as the president of the Hong Kong Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) for the past several decades.

Justice Pang is highly accomplished in his field. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn in 1978, in Hong Kong in 1979 and in Victoria, Australia in 1983. Since then, Justice Pang has had a long and distinguished legal career. He joined the Hong Kong Judiciary in 1985 as a Magistrate and retired in 2012 as a Judge of the High Court. He also served for some time as Commissioner in the High Court of Brunei. During his term with the Judiciary, Justice Pang pioneered the use of Chinese as the language of trial in judicial proceedings in Hong Kong which has an English Common Law heritage. He also chaired a number of high profile public and statutory bodies including the Electoral Affairs Commission, Mental Health Review Tribunal, Advisory Committee on Post Service Employment of Civil Servants and Criminal Court Users Committee. Moreover, Justice Pang has held memberships in the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission and Law Reform Commission (Juries) Sub-committee.

On his retirement in 2012, Justice Pang was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for his services to the Judiciary. He now lives in Hong Kong with his wife Millie, sons Roy and Alan and daughters- in-law Grace and Samantha, and is the proud grandfather of Valerie and Arthur. He spends his leisure time travelling and stamp collecting.

Justice Pang continues his civic duties by serving as the President of the Society for the Rehabilitation of Offenders and Crime Prevention, Chief Adjudicator of the Registration of Persons Tribunal and Long Term Prison Sentences Review Board. His most memorable moment at Queen’s was cheering in the Toronto Stadium for the Golden Gaels to defeat Waterloo to win the Vanier Cup in the 1968 season.

Justice Pang is one of 15 other people who will accept an honorary degree this year in recognition of their outstanding contributions in the fields of academic, business, politics, scientific research, and the arts.