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  1. News - China - LAW

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

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

    ... who is also defending lawyer Pu Zhiqiang- arrested during the recent round of suppression- said he worried about Pu's health and was demanding the authorities grant him bail on medical ... was detained. They also took several of his associates, including his niece and lawyer- Qu Zhenhong- into custody. Zhang, who is in Hong Kong for the recent publication of his biography, said: ...

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

    Wedding bells ring for transgender people

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

    ... on the 'W' case". Leung said more than 100 transsexual people had completed full sex-change surgery at public hospitals, while about the same number had undergone the procedure overseas. ...

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

    Corruption seen as 'socially acceptable': law professor

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

    ... the public to doubt judicial independence, adding: "The secretary of justice has the responsibility to come out and explain it." On police chief Andy Tsang Wai-hung's statement ...

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

    New tribunal to review environmental lawsuits and offer advice to lower courts

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:36am by Li Jing

    ... expertise among judges in the long run. As a result, these judges will likely accept more environmental litigation in the public interest. The newly revised Environmental Protection Law allows only government-backed organisations to sue polluters on behalf of the public, barring many independent and grass-roots groups who have been active in helping pollution victims. The supreme court would also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1546086/new-tribunal-review-environmental-lawsuits-and-offer-advice-lower-courts
  5. News - China - LAW

    Chinese court hands down harsh jail sentences to New Citizen Movement activists

    Posted Jun 19th 2014, 10:34am by Patrick Boehler

    ... All three were convicted of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", while Liu and Wei were also found guilty of "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order in a public ... was imprisoned for four years in January for disrupting public order. Legal experts and rights groups said the trials showed the government's resolve in muzzling critics and stamping out organised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1536010/three-new-citizen-movement-activists-xinyu-sentenced-prison
  6. News - China - LAW

    Lawyers slam draft code to muzzle those who publicise cases online

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 03:16am by Keira Lu Huang, Keith Zhai

    ... Lawyers who fight judicial injustice have been dubbed “fight to the end” lawyers by the public. Unlike many countries where the public can easily attend public hearings, mainland authorities ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1535260/mainland-china-code-seeks-muzzle-lawyers-who-publicise-cases-through
  7. News - China - LAW

    Prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang could face lengthy jail term, defence lawyer fears

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 04:12am by Verna Yu

    ... and formal sentencing. Zhang said earlier this week that Pu had been denied bail by the police and they would likely press criminal charges against him. He also wrote that the health of Pu, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1530425/prominent-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-could-face-lengthy-jail-term-fellow
  8. News - China - LAW

    Bail for accused ivory buyer was legal, county officials say

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

    ... the letter said Li deserved leniency in the interests of “maintaining social stability”. Li had health issues and was eligible for release on medical grounds, the county government said, according ... sometime even their own interests, by using the excuse of maintaining social stability.” The Shuangfeng court “heard the case publicly” on Friday last week, the county government said. Prosecutors ...

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

    US academic eyes fellowship for law graduates

    Posted May 15th 2014, 03:59am by Stuart Lau

    ... former legal academic wants to set up a fellowship for law graduates in Hong Kong to allow them to assist the needy and minority groups. But Rob Precht, one-time assistant dean of public service ... of public law. "I chose Hong Kong because it has serious social problems but, unlike [mainland] China, there is still rule of law," he said. "So I feel there is great potential ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1512202/former-us-legal-academic-wants-set-fellowship-law-grads-help-minority
  10. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Prosecution guidelines still a letdown, says veteran barrister

    Posted Apr 26th 2014, 05:37am by Stuart Lau

    ... as updated last year, added two new considerations for prosecutors in deciding the venue of a trial: whether the defendant held "high public status, responsibility or trust", and whether ... At the panel meeting, Director of Public Prosecutions Keith Yeung Ka-hung said there was no need to write any more into the guidelines about jury trials. The difference in the two courts' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1497183/prosecution-guidelines-still-letdown-says-veteran-barrister

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