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  1. Could Thailand be easing use of lese majeste laws?

    Posted Feb 27th 2011, 12:00am by Simon Roughneen

    ... Simon Roughneen in Bangkok Freedom of speech has long been under scrutiny in Thailand, thanks to the country's widely criticised lese majeste laws, which are supposed to protect the dignity of the revered monarchy. Yet recent developments in two high-profile cases have given some cause for optimism among opponents of the laws and their oft-cited use as a tool against dissent. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/739334/could-thailand-be-easing-use-lese-majeste-laws
  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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/734371/milk-activists-treatment-exposes-failings-law
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/734119/hks-hazy-contempt-laws-leave-lawyers-defendants-dark
  4. Case builds against once-lauded liability law

    Posted Jan 03rd 2011, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... Wang Xiangwei When China's Tort Liability Law took effect on July 1, it caused a brief period of excitement among lawyers and nervousness among companies. The law has given mainlanders expanded protection against defective products and enabled them to seek punitive damages against the companies. Lawyers and media have hailed the law as a significant development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/734681/case-builds-against-once-lauded-liability-law
  5. Siding with the rule of law

    Posted Aug 19th 2010, 12:00am by Jerome Cohen

    ... Jerome A. Cohen This is the start of my third year publishing a biweekly column here. Most of these op-eds have concerned contemporary issues of law and justice in mainland China, Taiwan ... of law. However, amid a rising nationalistic tide of late, I was not surprised to read an attack on my standpoint by Zhao Nianyu, a researcher on Taiwan affairs at Shanghai's Institute ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/722539/siding-rule-law
  6. Obey the law, top Sichuan official tells HK journalists

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong reporters can do 'meaningful reporting' only if they abide by the laws, a senior Sichuan official said yesterday when asked about the harassment of Hong Kong ... Wang replied: 'A reporter should abide by the country's laws when they go to local areas to do interviews. Only under this prerequisite can reporting be meaningful.' He did ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/707875/obey-law-top-sichuan-official-tells-hk-journalists
  7. New anti-graft laws, including on bribery, get judicial blessing

    Posted Oct 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... officials to claim they knew nothing of bribes accepted by those around them. Zhao Bingzhi, a professor at the China Criminal Law Society, told the Legal Daily in April that the charge undoubtedly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695654/new-anti-graft-laws-including-bribery-get-judicial-blessing
  8. Ho vows to usher in law on post-retirement work

    Posted Oct 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu A long-awaited law to restrict officials' post-retirement work in the private sector may be enacted by the end of the year, when the current Macau government leaves office. Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau-wah on Wednesday pledged to have such a law ready before a government led by his successor, Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on, comes in. Ho is due to step down on December ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/694272/ho-vows-usher-law-post-retirement-work
  9. Agent, lawyer jailed under archaic law

    Posted Jul 10th 2009, 12:00am by Anita Lam, Joyce Man

    ... unenforceable. Mr Wong did not grant the order and said Ms Wong should seek compensation in civil proceedings. Superintendent Francis Ho Ying-foo, of the regional crime bureau, said the law was clear ... injuries, taking sick leave for weeks and even years, and driving up the cost of insurance. Champerty and maintenance are not criminal offences in the United States but are forbidden by English law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686355/agent-lawyer-jailed-under-archaic-law
  10. Top officials' business interests pose hurdle to 'sunshine law' in Macau

    Posted Jan 11th 2010, 12:00am by Fox Yi Hu

    ... Fox Yi Hu A proposed 'sunshine law' requiring Macau officials to disclose their wealth faces a hurdle in the form of complex business interests at high levels of the government, ... a legislator and head of the Macau Civil Servants Association, said the biggest challenge facing enactment of such a law came from within the government. It would be difficult to introduce because some ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/703355/top-officials-business-interests-pose-hurdle-sunshine-law-macau

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