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  1. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Asking Beijing for legal interpretation will affect rule of law: chief justice

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... interpretation from Beijing after the Court of Final Appeal turned down a request to seek one itself. Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li made the remarks in a talk at the University of Hong Kong yesterday. It came a fortnight after the Court of Final Appeal rejected the government's application for an interpretation of the powers of the National People's Congress under Article 158 ...

  2. Legal interpretation

    Posted Feb 12th 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Xinhua has quoted a distinguished legal expert, Shao Tianren, as saying that this statement had been taken out of context, misinterpreted and contorted. According to Mr Shao, the Foreign Ministry ... requirements than those spelled out in the Basic Law. But now, it seems, Chinese legal experts such as Mr Shao and Xiao Weiyun wish to add other requirements. Whether Hong Kong adopts universal ...

  3. Legal scholars have diverse interpretations of figures

    Posted Mar 11th 2004, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao Experts say there are problems in faithfully implementing rule of law The crime figures released yesterday could be read two ways, mainland legal scholars said. One could ... and hindering innovative legal reforms. 'The second possibility is worth considering more thoroughly,' said Qiu Xinglong, director of the Law School of Xiangtan University in Hunan. A lack ...

  4. No need for NPC to interpret Law: new legal chief

    Posted Oct 21st 2005, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... the rule of law and avoid seeking any more interpretations of the Basic Law by Beijing. The 41-year-old senior barrister also said he would not blindly adopt the views of mainland legal experts, ... a interpretation of the Basic Law from the National People's Congress Standing Committee on right of abode and the term of the chief executive. 'When I took part in the rally, it was as a legal ...

  5. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Officials to get tough on polluters as public anger rises over environmental scandals

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Legal interpretation spells out tougher action against polluters in move seen as addressing seething public anger over environmental disasters Pollution laws ... of environmental law at Peking University, said the legal interpretation was significant because law enforcement officials now had concrete instructions on how deal with polluters. "Pollution has been ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Complexities of small-house issue are no excuse for government to back off

    Posted May 07th 2013, 12:00am by YAN-YAN YIP

    ... Yan-yan Yip Yan-yan Yip says officials should review the 1972 small-house policy, even seek a legal interpretation of villagers' rights, yet they do nothing A house divided What does ... reiterated that the policy did not confer legal rights on indigenous villagers. The interpretation of traditional rights is key to determining whether a "right" to a small house grant ...

  7. Rule of law under threat: lawyers

    Posted Mar 27th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan, Gary Cheung, Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee, Carrie Chan and Gary Cheung Legal experts warned last night that the NPC Standing Committee's interpretations of the Basic Law would risk undermining Hong Kong's autonomy under 'one country, two systems'. Bar Association chairman Edward Chan King-sang said the National People's Congress committee could legally interpret the Basic Law. ...

  8. MARCH 10: Grasp relationship between concepts

    Posted Mar 31st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the relevant provisions so as to define the meaning of a provision that seems to be clear on its face. Theories about legal interpretation in the mainland consider that if the literal meaning ... to understand and interpret a legal term from the full text of the law, even though the term seems clear and unmistakable, and its meaning can be interpreted literally without the need to make reference ...

  9. A dubious tradition of interpretation

    Posted Apr 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... and that it is entirely within that legal tradition for the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to interpret provisions of the Basic Law. Thus, a Chinese scholar wrote recently in the China ... for the benefit of Hong Kong. Most legal interpretation has been done by the Supreme People's Court. The first time the Standing Committee issued a formal interpretation of any law, after ...

  10. An overriding public need

    Posted Jan 04th 2007, 12:00am by Christine Loh

    ... Court of Final Appeal decision established that the government had been using the wrong legal interpretation. That meant it had misled the public and the Town Planning Board on the proper test ... plan on the correct legal basis. But the government asked the board to approve the plan based on the wrong legal interpretation. Even after the court judgment, the government refused to allow ...




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