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  1. Courts and Legco 'can't interpret Basic Law'

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Jimmy Cheung

    ... Jimmy Cheung Mainland law scholar says legal system is subservient to the mini-constitution The Basic Law does not give courts the power to strike down legislation, nor does it allow confidence votes in the legislature on ministers, a visiting legal expert from the mainland said yesterday. The power to interpret the Basic Law rested with the Standing Committee of the National ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    New-town fight raises intriguing legal issue

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:54am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com New-town fight raises intriguing legal issue Lawmaker Wong Yuk-man's legal challenge to a decision to fund preliminary work on new towns in the New Territories will not only put a hot issue under the legal spotlight; it will also pose interesting legal questions. That is because Wong's judicial review application names both ...

  3. Reform blueprint too quick to interpret Law

    Posted Oct 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... will continue to be of great significance. It is important that the Law is interpreted in a transparent fashion- and in accordance with established legal principles. ... is the object of the reform process. But the blueprint released last week also included a short chapter entitled 'Legal issues arising from the term of office of the chief executive'. ...

  4. Law amended, not interpreted: Bar chief

    Posted Apr 07th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... against the government since the interpretation had imposed a legal obligation on it to compile such a report. It was wrong to 'legalise' a political issue, he said. Barrister ... Klaudia Lee Lawyers said the NPC Standing Committee had amended the Basic Law, not interpreted it, and agreed it had placed a new hurdle in the way of constitutional reform. Hong Kong Bar ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Participants in Occupy Central 'should not underestimate legal consequences'

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 01:55pm by Stuart Lau

    ... activists People planning to join Occupy Central “should not underestimate” the legal consequences, says a human rights lawyer who expressed concern about a new trend of magistrates imposing heavier ... coming before the judiciary,” Man said. “My advice is that protesters should not underestimate the legal consequences.” But Man added that there have been many instances where the appeal courts ...

  6. HK courts 'can interpret Basic Law'

    Posted Jan 18th 2004, 12:00am by Klaudia Lee

    ... Klaudia Lee Hong Kong's courts have the right to strike down any legislation in breach of the Basic Law, despite what mainland legal expert Xiao Weiyun says, the head of the Hong Kong ... did not give Hong Kong courts any such power, adding that the power to interpret the Basic Law rested with the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. But in an interview ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    No law to stop businesses from carving niche in housing dead

    Posted Aug 26th 2014, 04:15am by STEVEN GALLAGHER

    ... or otherwise, and a covenant to this effect shall be inserted in the crown lease of the lot." At first reading, the government's interpretation seems correct as human remains must surely include cremains. But there are problems with this interpretation, most of which are derived from ordinances, regulations or government statements on the treatment of human remains. Many ...

  8. Lawyers wary of Basic Law interpretation

    Posted Apr 06th 2005, 12:00am by Cliff Buddle

    ... Cliff Buddle An influential legal group with ties to Beijing has called on the government not to seek an interpretation of the Basic Law just because it wants to head off a legal challenge ... in which future interpretations would be requested and delivered. 'It is wrong for the government to ask for an interpretation just to target a judicial review,' said Mr Hoo. He said ...

  9. News - China - DIPLOMACY

    'You're late!' Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi irked as John Kerry keeps him waiting before bilateral talks

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 10:41pm by AFP

    ... than half an hour” in comments through an interpreter after Kerry arrived late for a meeting between the two countries. Kerry, chuckling sheepishly, apologised for keeping Beijing’s top ... that could “complicate or escalate disputes”. The 2002 declaration is non-binding, a sticking point for the region’s nations. The Philippines is at the forefront of a push for a legally watertight ...

  10. No certainty in a system open to interpretation

    Posted Mar 29th 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... whatever the Hong Kong government and legislature decide. At the same time, Beijing wouldn't be boxing itself in legally: the Standing Committee is always there to renege on promises if need ...




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