The Hon Mr. Justice Michael Hartmann was recently appointed to the Final Court of Appeal of the High Court, Hong Kong. Prior to this he was a judge for the Court of First Instance of the High Court. He qualified and practiced in Zimbabwe before moving to Hong Kong in 1983. Prior to appointment to the judiciary in 1991, Justice Hartmann worked as counsel in the Hong Kong Attorney General's Chambers, specializing in international criminal law. Since appointment he has presided over numerous judicial review hearings related to the Executive's handling of claims made for refugee status and related claims such as claims made under the Convention Against Torture.