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  1. News - China Insider - LAW

    Winemaker Penfolds in legal battle with 'trademark squatters' over right to use its Chinese name

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 04:03pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates, owner of the popular Penfolds brand, is facing a legal challenge in China in the latest of a series ... and that Treasury would continue legal procedures to assert trademark rights over its chosen Chinese name. “This appeal is still pending and it will take time for the Chinese legal system to process ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1554016/winemaker-penfolds-locked-legal-battle-over-right-use-its-chinese
  2. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    No need for independent legal aid service, say advisers in U-turn

    Posted May 13th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Council now says government has not been found to be interfering in the service Advisers make U-turn on legal aid The legal aid service should remain ... to answering to the chief secretary, which would be a reversion to the arrangement in place before 2007. The recommendation was made in a report submitted by the Legal Aid Services Council to the chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1236289/no-need-independent-legal-aid-service-say-advisers-u-turn
  3. News - China - LAW

    Zhang Sizhi, lawyer for detained journalist, points to legal breach by authorities

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 04:10am by Verna Yu

    ... "It's impossible to have judiciary independence under one-party rule". He added that lawyers did not fare well under dictatorial regimes. "It's impossible for the legal profession ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1555911/zhang-sizhi-lawyer-detained-journalist-points-legal-breach-authorities
  4. News - China - LAW

    Bail for accused ivory buyer was legal, county officials say

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 04:12pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... was made in a chat room that Li’s release came after Shuangfeng officials wrote the letter to counterparts in Loudi. Mainland media pursued the claim and China News Service on Thursday reported ... to the agency. It cited a statement from the county government saying the bail was “legal”. Wang Xiong, the secretary general of the city’s Communist Party committee, has admitted he approved ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1486841/bail-accused-ivory-buyer-was-legal-county-officials-say
  5. News - China - LAW

    Pilot programme aims to improve quality of China's top judges and prosecutors

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:02am by Keith Zhai

    ... of the civil service under a pilot scheme. There would be stricter controls to ensure they had proper legal qualifications, the official said. The reforms will be launched initially in Shanghai, ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Judges and prosecutors will be chosen by teams of specialists and managed apart from the rest of the civil service under pilot programme Reforms aim for more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533639/pilot-programme-aims-improve-quality-top-judges-and-prosecutors
  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Corruption seen as 'socially acceptable': law professor

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... was evident despite higher awareness of the importance of a sound legal system. "Corruption has grown more serious," the academic and barrister said. "It's not even about people ... that police would "enforce the law strictly as the law indicates" if the Occupy Central civil disobedience plan goes ahead, Chan said all legal systems allowed for discretion. "Whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554971/corruption-seen-socially-acceptable-law-professor
  7. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Wedding bells ring for transgender people

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:23am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Those who have had sex-change surgery can marry in their chosen sex from today Wedding bells ring for transgender people Transsexual people who have undergone a full sex-change operation can marry in their chosen sex from today, despite a delay to a bill giving legal effect to the policy change. "Persons who have received full sex ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555449/wedding-bells-ring-transgender-people
  8. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Transgender marriage legal by July even if government misses deadline

    Posted May 27th 2014, 04:22am by Phila Siu

    ... Phila Siu phila.siu@scmp.com Unions will be recognised even if government fails to pass bill by deadline Transgender marriages legal in July, officials say Marriages involving transgender people will be recognised as legal from July- whether or not the government passes the marriage amendment bill by then. That's what officials told the Legislative Council yesterday after ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1519694/transgender-marriage-legal-july-even-if-government-misses-deadline
  9. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Aircraft sex pests set to face civil action in Hong Kong courts

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 02:50am by Bryan Harris

    ... Bryan Harris bryan.harris@scmp.com Bill will make sexual harassment of a service provider illegal, even if it happens outside HK Aircraft sex pests set to face civil action in courts ... revealing and could provoke sexual harassment. If passed, the Sex Discrimination (Amendment) Bill 2014 would close a gap in existing regulations by making the sexual harassment of any service ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1535849/aircraft-sex-pests-set-face-civil-action-hong-kong-courts
  10. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Legal adviser to Medical Council departs amid criticism of his earnings

    Posted Nov 07th 2013, 05:07am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Controversial legal adviser was said by medics to earn up to HK$5m a year for part-time role. His replacement will serve a limited term Medical Council's lawyer departs The part-time legal adviser to the Medical Council has resigned after serving for 10 years in the wake of concerns about his fees and performance- while his replacement has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1349179/legal-adviser-medical-council-departs-amid-criticism-his-earnings

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