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  1. Anti-smoking law 'against the Basic Law'

    Posted Sep 30th 2005, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Tobacco giant Mild Seven claims the government's proposed anti-smoking legislation is against the Basic Law and WTO agreements. The government proposes a bill that would ... The company said the proposal was against Article 6 and Article 105 of the Basic Law, which state the government cannot exploit company assets or cause a company to suffer economic loss. The company ...

  2. Chen says unity law is a law of aggression

    Posted Mar 17th 2005, 12:00am by Jacky Hsu

    ... legislation passed on Monday by the National People's Congress as an 'aggression law'. After two days of silence on the law, Mr Chen again called for a million people to take ... of the aggression law, despite opposition from the international society, will only further divide cross-strait relations and the people from the two sides of the Taiwan Strait,' he said. He said ...

  3. Gay law ruling

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What is your view of a judge's overturning of a law prohibiting homosexual sex between gay men under 21, saying it violates the Basic Law? The lawful age for heterosexuals and lesbians is 16. Share your thoughts: write to us ...

  4. Changes to protest law put organisers 'at greater risk'

    Posted Aug 30th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Chan Siu-sin Detentions can be easily justified, legal experts say Lawyers and activists have expressed concern over new laws on social stability, saying instigators and organisers of public protests are at greater risk of being detained by police. The law, passed on Sunday by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, covers penalties for offences against public ...

  5. Law Society picks forthright spokesman as president

    Posted May 31st 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... Ravina Shamdasani Veteran Law Society Council member Peter Lo Chi-lik yesterday was elected president of the solicitors' body after incumbent Michael Lintern-Smith decided not to seek ... the proposed national security laws in Article 23 of the Basic Law and the method of election for the chief executive. The Law Society criticised the security legislation proposed in 2002, sayings its ...

  6. Landmark gay sex ruling leaves law biased against heterosexuals: experts

    Posted Aug 26th 2005, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Felix Chan

    ... if it was upheld. William Leung sought a judicial review of the law regarding the act of buggery between men but not between a man and a woman. 'Now it has become discrimination against the heterosexual,' said Eric Cheung Tat-ming, associate professor of law at University of Hong Kong. Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said there was 'a very big chance' the Department of Justice would ...

  7. Basic Law 'memories' project getting urgent

    Posted Sep 07th 2005, 12:00am by Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung The deaths of two of the four ageing academics dubbed the 'guardians of the Basic Law' prompted Beijing's top think-tank on Hong Kong affairs to gather ... raised the proposal with the Institute of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs before he died at 81 in January. Professor Xiao, who served as convenor of the Basic Law Drafting Committee's political ...

  8. Reformers seek 'no win, no fee' law

    Posted Sep 15th 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... to justice for the middle class and should be allowed in certain types of litigation, a Law Reform Commission committee has recommended. The consultation paper released yesterday by its subcommittee ... of 'after-the-event' insurance may not be affordable in Hong Kong, but had other ideas. 'We are recommending that a claimant utilising conditional fees should be required by law to notify the defendant ...

  9. Canberra defends tough terror laws

    Posted Sep 10th 2005, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... anti-terrorist laws would turn the country into a police state, saying they would bring it in line with measures in other countries. Under the proposed legislation, federal police will be able to use ... preventive detention for up to 14 days is part of their law now. In France, people can be held for very much longer periods of time.' But opposition parties, civil liberties groups and Islamic ...

  10. Update laws to cash in on abolition of estate duty, say experts

    Posted Mar 29th 2005, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Antiquated trust laws urgently need updating if Hong Kong's trust industry is to benefit from the scrapping of estate duty, bankers and advisers warn. Critics argue ... is based on the English Trustee Act of 1925. Many offshore jurisdictions have made business-friendly amendments to their laws, such as allowing trustees to sub-contract some responsibilities, ...




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