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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    SFC's legal action against Citic a reassuring sign

    Posted Sep 25th 2014, 05:14am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial SFC's civil action a reassuring sign The authorities have launched actions in some high-profile cases of insider trading and market misinformation to punish wrongdoers, compensate investors and safeguard Hong Kong's reputation for ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - OCCUPY CENTRAL

    Talks between protesters and government must proceed on basis of trust

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 05:17pm by Michael C. Davis

    ... in the NPC Standing Committee decision, puts basic freedoms and rights at risk. The rule of law cannot survive when too much liberty of interpretation is taken with the solid legal commitments ... decision is just a decision, not an interpretation. Universal suffrage is more than "one person, one vote". If that is all that is required, then even mainland China today could lay claim ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Interpretation will be confined to length of next term, says expert

    Posted Apr 07th 2005, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung, Gary Cheung

    ... Gary Cheung and Ambrose Leung The Standing Committee will only rule on the length of the term of a replacement chief executive and won't interpret other Basic Law provisions ... government to request the National People's Congress Standing Committee to clarify Basic Law provisions. Professor Xu, who believed previously that there was no need for another interpretation ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Court ruling on CSSA application criteria was legally correct

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 11:53pm

    ... Court ruling on CSSA application criteria was legally correct Last month's ruling by the Court of Final Appeal that the existing Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) ... They have criticised the judgment, saying it was wrong. However, it is important to emphasise the professionalism of the court's judges and point out that from a legal perspective ...

  9. Reasons for hope over Beijing's interpretation

    Posted Apr 01st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... has the legal authority to give interpretations. But it would be better if they could be avoided. This power has been used only once since the handover, in relation to the right of abode saga ... to be the case. There is a chance now for the NPC Standing Committee to show that it has taken into account the aspirations of the majority of Hong Kong people. The interpretation should clarify the legal ...

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    Pan-democrats’ stand ‘unfavourable’ to reach consensus, says top legal professor

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 12:39pm

    ... consensus, a pro-Beijing legal scholar warned today. Basic Law Committee member and University of Hong Kong law professor Albert Chen Hung-yee’s warning came a day after pan-democratic lawmakers said ... as the National People’s Congress Standing Committee doesn’t make a formal interpretation, they will insist on public nomination. I think this is rather theoretical … because realistically, we knew from ...




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