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  1. The black-collar class ruling the law

    Posted Jun 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The revelation that the leadership of the Communist Party decided to restore the power of its Politics and Legal Affairs Commission 22 years ago, ... power to intervene in court cases be reduced and limited. In a book published last week- Qiao Shi on Democracy and Rule of Law- Qiao revealed the leadership decided to restore ...

  2. News - Hong Kong

    Restaurants suspected of HK$30m power meter tampering; 93 arrested

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Cheng

    ... Jennifer Cheng jennifer.cheng@scmp.com Widespread tampering with gas and power meters said to have cost utilities HK$30m Restaurants said to fiddle power bills; 90 arrested Police have rounded up more than 90 people suspected of participating in a widespread meter-tampering scheme- thought to have cost gas and power providers HK$30 million- to help restaurants lower ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Gu's case reveals corruption of power

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Hu Shuli

    ... and power of law shall not be trampled on." After reading the report of the court proceedings, people realised that the use of the word "trampled" was pretty accurate. Just think, ... be at large, her reputation as a high-powered lawyer and spouse of a senior official untarnished. Gu would have been aware of the gravity of her offence. According to official reports, during the 2010 ...

  4. A bulwark against the abuse of power

    Posted Aug 04th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Judicial review is a means by which anyone can challenge the actions of government they contend are an abuse of power. Thanks partly to legal aid, many people actually do so. The number ... the law. Not only does judicial review empower ordinary citizens against abuses of power, but legal aid is a system by which people of limited means can have equal access to justice. If the sudden ...

  5. Society must stay vigilant to ultimate abuse of power

    Posted Jul 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the causes of such abuse. The most common answer is, of course, power imbalance. In this case, as in other sexual harassment cases we have seen at the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) or in recent news, the perpetrator took advantage of his or her position of power vis-a-vis the victim, be it teacher-student, boss-employee, or, in many cases, man-woman. I firmly believe that one ...

  6. Rise in arbitrators' power queried

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Local commercial arbitrators will soon have judge-like emergency powers to freeze assets and preserve evidence, a move that has alarmed some lawmakers. But Albert Wong Kwai-huen, the chairman of the city's arbitration centre, sought to assuage such fears, saying it would be a useful extension of existing, but rarely used, powers. At present, ...

  7. Power plays

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... front: a news item from an ombudsman's report has snowballed into the seemingly daily exposure of misbehaviour of the rich, powerful and famous. Both scandals raised serious questions, to be sure, though the political drama clouded the real issues at play. Strauss-Kahn's alleged sexual misconduct raises questions about the use and misuse of power and the treatment of women ...

  8. Absolute power

    Posted Apr 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jerome A. Cohen Multitalented artist Ai Weiwei was one of the Chinese government's greatest assets in its quest for 'soft power'. His imaginative, diverse artworks and his ... as phenomenal economic development and military prowess. The Communist Party has resurrected the formerly reviled Confucius as an icon of its soft power but, for many, the bearded, sage-like Ai Weiwei, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - PRIVACY

    Tighten law to prevent snooping, Hong Kong legislators urge

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tony Cheung, JOSHUA BUT

    ... to bring surveillance by entities outside law enforcement under the ordinance and to extend the city's legal powers to tackle hacking activities originating abroad. In 2005, Legco studied ...

  10. Judiciary has rightful role as the 'auditor of legality'

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... was that there is 'too much' separation of powers in Hong Kong; that the judiciary takes on a too-prominent role in running Hong Kong at the expense of an executive-led government; and that it was wrong ... judges are not asked to usurp the functions and powers of government. The late Lord Bingham, in his book The Rule of Law, said that the function of judicial review is for judges to review ...




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