Benny Tai

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Benny Tai Yiu-ting
戴耀廷

MH
Benny Tai Yiu-ting
Benny Tai Yiu-ting at an Occupy Central seminar, 7 January 2013
Native name 戴耀廷
Born 1964 (age 53–54)
Hong Kong
Nationality Hong Kong Chinese
Alma mater Diocesan Boys' School
University of Hong Kong
London School of Economics[1]
Occupation Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong
Known for Proposer of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace Campaign
Benny Tai
Traditional Chinese 戴耀廷
Simplified Chinese 戴耀廷

Benny Tai Yiu-ting (Chinese: 戴耀廷; born 1964), MH,[2] is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong[3] who received widespread media attention in January 2013, when he initiated the Occupy Central with Love and Peace campaign for universal suffrage in the 2017 Chief Executive election and 2020 Legislative Council Elections.[4][5]

Besides initiating the Occupy Central campaign, Tai is also currently a member of the Panel of Advisers of the Office of the Ombudsman.[6]

Early life

Tai was born in Hong Kong in 1964 and graduated from Diocesan Boys' School in 1981.[7] He graduated from the University of Hong Kong and obtained his LL.B. in 1986 and P.C.LL. in 1987.[1]

Tai became a professor Law at the University of Hong Kong in 1991, and he was the Associate Dean of the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law from 2000 to 2008.[8]

Controversies

Proposing the Occupy Central Movement

As a result of the Occupy Central campaign, Tai has been accused by members of the pro-Beijing camp, including Legislative Councilor Priscilla Leung, of violating the code of conduct of a legal scholar by calling upon people to intentionally violate the law.[9] In response to this allegation, Tai replied that Occupy Central is a form of civil disobedience, and that civil disobedience does not violate the rule of law.[10] Despite this reply, Tai still received widespread criticism from the pro-Beijing camp, and even received death threats as a result of the Occupy Central Movement.[11]

Denouncing the Anti-Occupy Central Signature Campaign

On 31 July 2014, Tai publicly denounced the Anti-Occupy Central Signature Campaign held by the Alliance for Peace and Democracy as "a blind imitation with ludicrous affection" (Chinese: 東施效顰), saying that their signature campaign is plagiarized from a civic referendum held by the Occupy Central earlier in June. Robert Chow, a spokesperson for the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, replied by saying that their signature campaign actually outdoes Tai's civic referendum (Chinese: 青出於藍勝於藍).[12][13]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Symposium on Judicial Review and Civil Society" (PDF). Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Social Sciences. 13 January 2013. p. 2. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Miscellaneous Lists in connection with the Civil Establishment". Hong Kong: HKSAR Government. July 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Academic Staff - Benny Tai Yiu Ting 戴耀廷". Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. 1996–2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Focus on the 2017 nomination committee, academic Benny Tai says". Hong Kong: South China Morning Post. 14 April 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "How I occupied Benny Tai's lunch hour". Hong Kong: South China Morning Post. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Office of the Ombudsman - Organisation Structure
  7. "Diocesan Boys' School - Civic Education Forum: Faith and Politics (Sep 19, 2013)". Hong Kong: Diocesan Boys' School. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "International Conference on Exclusions from Constitutional Law" (PDF). Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong. 28–29 October 2009. p. 3. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Leung, Priscilla (20 February 2013). "Speech – Implementing dual universal suffrage (Priscilla Leung)". Hong Kong: Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Various Stakeholders' Views". Hong Kong: Ming Shen Pao. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 戴耀廷收刀片信 佔中三子生命受威脅 為免家人擔心 沒有報警 (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Apple Daily. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 東施效顰還是青出於藍?反佔中明天網上簽名 (in Chinese). South China Morning Post. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. 保普選反佔中 網上簽名啟動 (in Chinese). Hong Kong: Hong Kong Commercial Daily. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>