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  1. Chief justice faces more than legal challenges

    Posted Apr 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... are unique to Hong Kong and the 'one country, two systems' concept. The tenure of the first chief justice, Andrew Li Kwok-nang, was therefore defined by some groundbreaking judgments which ... It is a great testimony to our senior judges in administering justice and preserving judicial independence in Hong Kong that one often forgets that in many ways our own judicial system ...

  2. When crime hits below the poverty line

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... be substantial. This is hardly a unique Hong Kong phenomenon, but the city prides itself on being relatively crime-free. The police issue regular assurances that organised crime is well under control. ... in the media. Generally speaking, this indifference is also evident in Hong Kong- even though thefts from poor people account for a large percentage of robberies. The poor steal from the poor because ...

  3. Don't diminish the Basic Law's standing

    Posted Apr 10th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... not mean it has to be used. 'One country, two systems' is unique, as Hong Kong's return to the motherland is a unique form of decolonisation. But the idea that former colonies have ... The interpretation of the Basic Law has exposed the legal tensions and contradictions that are an unavoidable feature of operating two systems within one country. In Hong Kong, the Basic ...

  4. Judiciary urged to defend a system to be proud of

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Nick Gentle

    ... a burgeoning feature of Hong Kong's judicial landscape in the last 15 years or so,' Mr Justice Stock said. 'But that's not unique to Hong Kong. 'The fact that our decisions may ... Nick Gentle Hong Kong's judiciary must be vigorously defended against any politicisation or other encroachment on its independence, leading members of the legal community have told ...

  5. Make Hong Kong the cartel capital of the world

    Posted Aug 18th 2003, 12:00am by Mark Williams

    ... to allocate funds for a campaign to extol Hong Kong's unique advantages. Just imagine the employment opportunities, the take up of new office space, the occupancy rates of hotels, the patronage ... the administration is noted, Hong Kong could indeed grasp this unique opportunity to become the cartel capital of the world. Mark Williams, an assistant professor of law at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, ...

  6. Functional constituencies must be made more accountable

    Posted Sep 19th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Hong Kong is unique in having constitutional special interest groups. In real democracies, special interest groups can only lobby lawmakers who are elected by universal suffrage, but in Hong ... Justice has been done in Mandy Tam Heung-man's case against the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Quite properly, the Court of First Instance has ruled ...

  7. Power struggle: five cases that tested Hong Kong's legal boundaries

    Posted Jun 04th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The convictions of two protestors who defaced flags were upheld. Key quote: 'The national flag is a unique symbol of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as an inalienable part ... 1 Issue: Did the common law survive the handover? Court of Appeal, July 29, 1997 Ruling: The laws in force before the handover, including the common law, became the laws of the Hong Kong ...

  8. Judiciary continues to inspire confidence

    Posted Feb 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Judicial independence is one of the most important factors determining the success of Hong Kong under the unique 'one country, two systems' principle and it is guaranteed ... by dispelling any unfounded suspicions about their independence. To their credit, public confidence in the rule of law remains high. The latest University of Hong Kong survey found the public's ...

  9. Change by UK revives debate on court dress

    Posted Sep 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... supported retaining the court dress because of Hong Kong's unique political situation. 'The court attire is a way of telling the world that Hong Kong, after its handover to China, is still ... Polly Hui A debate over whether the tradition of wearing wigs and gowns in court should be continued in Hong Kong has been renewed after England and Wales decided to abolish the legal ...

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

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... doctrines reveals the most fundamental misunderstanding about our constitutional arrangement under the Basic Law, our system of government, and the core value that makes Hong Kong unique- the rule ... Dennis Kwok Tsinghua University recently set up a research centre for the study of Hong Kong and Macau affairs in Shenzhen. The opening ceremony was attended by many prominent mainland ...




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