PoD Monthly Luncheon

What Future Lies Ahead for Democratic Party






Date: 21 Nov 2023 (Tue)

Time: 12:30-14:30

Venue: The Chariot Club – 4/F., Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong




Speaker: Emily Wai-hing Lau was a member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council from 1991 to 1997 and 1998 to 2016 and was the first woman directly elected to Legco. She was Chairperson of the Democratic Party from 2012 to 2016. Lau is a member of the Board of Directors, China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group and an individual member of Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. She received her B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California in 1976 and her M. Sc. degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1982. She worked as a print and television journalist and university lecturer from 1976 to 1991. She was chairperson of the Hong Kong Journalists Association from 1989 to 1991. Throughout her political career, Lau is dedicated to fighting for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Her ambition is for a democratically elected government in Hong Kong and in China. Because of her pro-democracy work and her outspokenness, she has not been allowed to travel to Mainland China for over 20 years. Lau received Honorary Doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science on 23 July 2019, the Bruno Kreisky Human Rights Award from the Bruno Kreisky Foundation in Vienna in 1998, the Monismanien Prize on Freedom of Speech from the University of Uppsala in Sweden in 2003, and the Political Leader Award from The Hong Kong Women’s Foundation in 2009.


  • Individual: HKD$ 750 per head
  • Members of Path of Democracy and Hong Kong Academy of Politics and Public Policy (HKAPP) Alumni Association or students of 6th HKAPP: HK$450 per head
  • Group tickets for corporate: HKD$ 9000 per table, with each table containing 10 seats

This luncheon will be conducted in English.