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  1. Reform paper flouts Basic Law, Law Society says

    Posted Feb 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Law's principle of 'gradual and orderly progress', the Law Society says. In its submission, released yesterday, on the document, the society concludes the reform proposals ... restricts this government to dealing with transitional reforms in 2012 only, leaving the issue of full universal suffrage to the next administration. But the Law Society says the absence of a road ...

  2. Milk activist's treatment exposes failings of law

    Posted Dec 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the rule of law and basic freedoms since being detained in November last year - and the mysteries surrounding the latest development don't point to a shift. Zhao fought passionately ... not in the mainland's judicial system. There is cause for hope, though. Premier Wen Jiabao has spoken of the need for reform of the judiciary and the implementation of a sturdy rule of law. And the storm ...

  3. Sick Law in race to get fit and win final singles sculls berth

    Posted Nov 16th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... A severe bout of gastroenteritis sapped power and strength from top Hong Kong medal hope Law Hiu-fung, who spent the days leading up to the start of the rowing competition on the seat of a toilet rather than that of his scull. Law, who won two medals at the 2002 Asian Games in Pusan, lost almost four kilograms, but is slowly recovering and there is hope in the Hong Kong camp, ...

  4. HK's hazy contempt laws leave lawyers, defendants in the dark

    Posted Dec 24th 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... for trial in October that greater clarity was needed in the law on contempt; clarity in the definition of what was considered part of a court for the purposes of contempt, and which acts amounted ... contempt.' Kwan's concerns, it appears, are not new. In 1987, the Law Reform Commission issued a report recommending the creation of a Contempt of Court Ordinance stating the principles by which ...

  5. Failure to invest in updating flawed laws 'hurting Hong Kong'

    Posted Dec 21st 2010, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man Hong Kong's lack of investment in law reform is affecting its status as a financial and commercial centre. That's the view of the chairman of the Independent Financial Advisers Association, Glenn Turner, who warns: 'Our law is becoming more and more archaic and uncertain. Hong Kong needs law reform, and lots of it.' The Law Reform Commission was run ...

  6. Philippine workers' law needs prompt revision

    Posted Nov 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Overseas workers are the lifeblood of the Philippine economy, so it makes sense that a law has gone into force ensuring that a comprehensive insurance policy accompanies each new ... is Hong Kong employers of domestic helpers, who under local law already have to pay HK$1,350 in insurance cover for each two-year contract. The new Philippine legislation stipulates ...

  7. Lack of liability law action puts consumers at risk

    Posted Dec 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Albert Wong When a consumer is harmed by a product, that person should be able to sue the company that made the defective product. Sounds logical? A Law Reform Commission sub-committee ... and reflected ordinary practice in many common law jurisdictions. But the recommendations were met with fierce opposition, and a spokesman from the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau reiterated ...

  8. Series of law reform ideas left to gather dust

    Posted Dec 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... sounded regretfully familiar. Almost 15 years ago, the city's Law Reform Commission said the very same thing. Ten of its sub-committee members spent two years of their spare time studying ... aspects, including quality and dimensions', and the specifications should be certified and kept on record. The recommendation never became law. And it is not the only legal reform idea to have ...

  9. Catholic Church in no position to disobey law

    Posted Dec 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... diocese and rule that the legislative process failed to take into account a principle in the Basic Law regarding the preservation of religious autonomy. But this is a decision that will be made by our judges, some of whom are recognised as the top legal minds in the common law world. And if the ordinance has to be amended it will be done by lawmakers who are to varying degrees voted ...

  10. Law needs to spell out anti-competitive actions

    Posted Dec 07th 2010, 12:00am by Alex Fong

    ... the introduction of a good competition law for Hong Kong, on the premise that the approach is minimalist, and that the regime will ensure fairness, transparency and certainty. The lack of clarity ... a body of case law is built up. One solution is to prohibit only specific types of conduct: price-fixing, market-sharing and bid-rigging. Other agreements or conduct should not be deemed unlawful ...




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