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  1. Voices of opposition

    Posted Jun 30th 2003, 12:00am by Joyce Law

    ... to the proposed Article 23 legislation. Article 23 of the Basic Law is implemented by drafting the National Security Bill, which will specify acts endangering national security. It is to be passed ... They are also concerned that the proposed provisions on sedition have triggered serious concern about the freedom of expression. The confusion over what constitutes the act of 'inciting others ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - DEATH

    Protege praises late Basic Law drafter Xu Chongde as 'walking dictionary' of Hong Kong's mini-constitution

    Posted Mar 07th 2014, 01:18pm

    ... mini-constitution more difficult. Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, a student of Xu between 1987 and 1990, mourned the death of the last of the four mainland academics dubbed “the guardians of the Basic Law”. Top ... understanding” of the mini-constitution, criticising pan-democrats for “stirring up troubles”. "The Basic Law has been [in force] for nearly 10 years but some people in Hong Kong lack a correct ...

  3. News - World - TUNISIA

    Islamic law rejected in Tunisia's new constitution

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 02:18am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tunis Tunisia will make Islam its state religion, but maintain a civil legal code Islamic law rejected in new charter Tunisia's Islamist-dominated constituent assembly compromised in rejecting Islam as the main source of law as it voted on a new constitution for the country that spawned the Arab Spring. But while it established Islam as the state ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    HKU constitutional expert urges pragmatism on political reform

    Posted Mar 22nd 2014, 04:28am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com HKU academic Yash Ghai has helped write constitutions around the world and says pragmatism is needed to make democracy a reality here Public nomination 'not essential' A University of Hong Kong academic who has helped troubled states create democratic constitutions has called for pragmatism over the city's political reform. Professor ...

  5. News - World - EGYPT

    Divisive new constitution put to the vote in Egypt

    Posted Dec 15th 2012, 03:36pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Cairo Egyptians began voting on Saturday in a two-round referendum on a new constitution supported by the ruling Islamists but bitterly contested ... after a cleric urged worshippers in his mosque to support the constitution, resulting in more than 15 people hurt. Police used tear gas after some protesters fired birdshot. By early ...

  6. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Chinese leaders blind to benefits of constitution, law professor says

    Posted Oct 05th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Beijing legal scholar says party's rulers fail to understand that the rule of law would help them run country more successfully Leaders 'blind to benefits of constitution' Abiding by the constitution would help the government rule the country more successfully, but many top leaders fail to see that, a prominent liberal scholar said ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Shinzo Abe's moves on Japan's pacifist constitution deserve greater attention

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 04:22am by Alex Lo

    ... through a formal amendment. By trying to push for a new law, he is either circumventing or even subverting the constitutional process. Abe has countered that if the public don't like his ... to the dangers of nationalistic Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's attempt to overcome the pacifist provision in his country's constitution. He is contributing not only to a potential arms ...


    Libya prepares to elect constitution drafters amid voter apathy

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 02:54pm by AFP

    ... of their boycott. A candidate and constitutional law professor, Abdelgader Gdoura, stressed that the panel must negotiate with the Amazigh to ensure their future participation. “Nobody must be excluded,” he ... Agence France-Presse in Tripoli Libyans are slated on Thursday to elect a panel to draft a new constitution aimed at bringing an end to a chaotic transition since the 2011 overthrow ...

  9. News - World - ARAB SPRING

    Arab Spring bears fruit as Tunisia passes democratic constitution, plans elections

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 07:49am by AP

    ... a democracy, with a civil state whose laws are not based on Islamic law, unlike many other Arab constitutions. An entire chapter of the document, some 28 articles, is dedicated to protecting citizens’ ... Nathan Brown, law expert At times the constitution looked like it would never get written, with numerous walk-outs by different parties and at one point a complete suspension of its activities ...

  10. Comment - Letters

    New Hong Kong constitutional conventions can help avert confrontation

    Posted Jan 17th 2014, 02:41am by LETTERS

    ... Constitutional reform could avert disastrous confrontation in HK By highlighting Vincent Lo Hong-sui's observation that the Basic Law drafters did not anticipate Hong Kong's ... stated and formally adopted constitutional conventions, to guide the operation of our system, helping it to reconcile diverse conflicting interests, as the UK created a constitutional monarchy ...




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