International Law

Success has many fathers

Yes, sir, Hong Kong won Mickey Mouse on its own merits.

It was not a particularly striking item in the newspaper at the time and I suspect most readers will have barely noticed it.

Friday, 7 June, 2013, 11:48am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, December 30, 2012

The city faces stiff competition from Shanghai. Photo: AFP

I refer to the article by Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen. Mr Yuen extols the role that Hong Kong plays as an international legal service centre. In that context, I would urge him to look into the area of sovereign immunity.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:03am 2 comments

The Hague's law office in Hong Kong a 'gift' from China

Huang Huikang. Photo: Shi Jiangtao

The opening of a prestigious international legal body's overseas branch in Hong Kong today can be considered "a gift" from Beijing to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the end of colonial rule, a Foreign Ministry official said.

13 Dec 2012 - 4:42am 2 comments

Briton extradited to Thailand for murder trial

A British man wanted on suspicion of murdering a former US Marine has arrived in the resort town of Phuket for trial in what Thai police said Sunday is the first-ever case of extradition of a criminal suspect from Britain to Thailand.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:08pm

Colombia gets islands' sovereignty; Nicaragua wins fight for oil reserves

Boundaries as ruled by the ICJ

Nicaragua claimed victory in a battle over sovereignty of tiny islands in the western Caribbean, despite the International Court of Justice's ruling that the islands belong to Colombia.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:21am

Convictions of Croat generals overturned by UN court

War veterans celebrate during the broadcast from the International War Crimes Tribunal as the two Croat generals freed. Photo: AP

The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal overturned the convictions of two Croat generals yesterday for murdering and illegally expelling Serb civilians in a 1995 military blitz, and both men returned home to a hero's welcome.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Efforts to catch airline cabin thieves

Sit back and relax. That is what air passengers are told soon after they settle in on board an aircraft. But too often they wake up from a nap or return from the restroom to find their belongings stolen. Even if the "cabin rats" - a Chinese term for in-flight thieves - are caught red-handed, justice may not be done.

3 Nov 2012 - 2:52am

China is right to favour bilateral talks to resolve South China Sea rows

The US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland made some odd comments on the South China Sea last month. "We don't think that [the South China Sea] issue … can be resolved through a series of bilateral intersections," she said.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:24am

A bad week for ...

Julian Assange

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Will veto put Beijing on wrong side of history?

The totality of evil of the Syrian government is now on display for the world to see. And so the blame game has begun. The obvious target of global wrath is President Bashar al-Assad. But not far behind on the international hate-and-blame list are Russia and China. They blocked UN Security Council action against Damascus by refusing to vote for resolutions that called for major changes.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Absolute state immunity does not serve honest commerce in HK

Beijing has concluded that Hong Kong must follow the mainland's law on state immunity and that absolute state immunity now applies in the SAR.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

University's legal eagles fly high

Mooting requires not only hard work but also thorough knowledge of the law and the ability to think on one's feet, according to Suraj Sajnani, a fourth-year bachelor of law student at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Don't rely on state immunity to protect China in commercial transactions

Xinhua expressed concerns about the US defaulting on its debt ('Obama tells parties to find a way out of mess', July 30).

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Guideline helps courts enforce judgments

The Supreme People's Court has issued another guideline designed to tackle common difficulties faced by court officials when trying to enforce judgments in civil lawsuits - a major problem plaguing the mainland judicial system and weakening judicial authority.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Legal experts divided on state immunity issue

Should the Democratic Republic of Congo enjoy absolute state immunity? The question is bound to raise a new debate on the mainland, where the legal community is divided over whether Beijing should grant immunity when sovereign bodies engage in commercial acts, experts say.

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am