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  1. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Right of abode? What about the right to wear wigs, ask lawyers

    Posted Jan 15th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau, Austin Chiu and Patsy Moy

    ... Stuart Lau, Austin Chiu and Patsy Moy Law Society keen to preserve time-honoured tradition Big wigs keen to preserve time-honoured tradition Litigation over the right of abode may ... as April- alongside their barrister counterparts. Other than judges, only barristers have the right to wear the 17th-century horsehair attire. Stephen Hung Wan-shun, chairman of the Law ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1128160/right-abode-what-about-right-wear-wigs-ask-lawyers
  2. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Top court to give landmark judgment on right of abode issues

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com Top court to rule on right of abode Hong Kong's top court will hand down a landmark judgment today with far-reaching implications on right-of-abode ... the right-of-abode issues concerning both domestic helpers and children born here to mainland parents. Critics say it threatens Hong Kong's judicial autonomy. Two law professors say that if the top ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1198930/top-court-give-landmark-judgment-right-abode-issues
  3. 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

    ... of high-profile trademark disputes involving big international brands.  A Treasury Wine Estates spokesman said it won a Chinese court case granting it the right to use Penfolds' adopted Chinese name ... 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
  4. 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

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Detained rights lawyer Pu 'faces long jail term' Respected veteran lawyer Zhang Sizhi said yesterday he feared prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang might face a lengthy jail term after Pu said it was likely he would be charged very soon. Pu was placed in criminal detention on May 6 on a charge of "picking quarrels and provoking ...

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

    Hong Kong's judicial independence at risk, warn pan-democrats

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT, Austin Chiu

    ... by the government to invite the Court of Final Appeal to refer the right of abode issue to Beijing has been condemned as a "very inappropriate" move that endangers judicial independence. The criticism came from pan-democrats who insist the proper way to address the problem of mainland mothers giving birth in Hong Kong- thus gaining right of abode for their babies- is to amend the Basic ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1104764/hong-kongs-judicial-independence-risk-warn-pan-democrats
  6. News - Hong Kong - LAW

    Wedding bells ring for transgender people

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

    ... persons whose gender has been … changed as a result of sex-reassignment surgery". But controversy remains over the legislation. Rights activists say it is inhumane to insist that a person ... on Tuesday and will have to wait until after the summer recess. One transgender rights advocate said yesterday that the delay might be positive as the bill had "lots of holes ...

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

    Corruption seen as 'socially acceptable': law professor

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

    ... any law is broken is one thing, whether or not to prosecute is another," he said. "Whether to prosecute or not- it takes into account our core values, human rights and many more ...

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

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

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

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Zhang Sizhi says officials breached law by failing to notify family of Gao Yu of her formal arrest Famed lawyer voices case fears Veteran mainland rights lawyer Zhang Sizhi, who represents arrested journalist Gao Yu, said yesterday the authorities have breached the law by failing to notify her family of her formal arrest a month and a half ago. ...

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

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

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

    ... people's environmental rights and interests … preventing further deterioration of the environment and improving China's international image concerning environmental protection," Sun said. ... a positive... impact on … protecting people's environmental rights Sun Jungong, spokesman, Supreme People's Court In a case in April, the Intermediate People's Court in Lanzhou rejected ...

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

    Harassment of rights lawyers rising, say attorneys

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 03:11am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com Attorneys say detention of colleagues in Heilongjiang a landmark case of abuse 'Harassment of rights lawyers rising' Human rights lawyers ... centre in Heilongjiang province in support of the men, further stoking fears that rights activists face greater hostility from the police and the authorities on the mainland. The four lawyers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1461954/harassment-rights-lawyers-rising-say-attorneys

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