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Judicial independence

Zhejiang judge remarks on openness of Bo Xilai trial

A provincial court chief has remarked on the openness of the trial of disgraced party highflyer Bo Xilai when appealing for a more transparent judiciary.

Wednesday, 11 December, 2013, 3:00pm

24 years after June 4, party must loosen grip on China's court system

Twenty-four years after the June 4 massacre, China is finally releasing from prison the last of the Tiananmen protesters who were convicted of "counter-revolutionary" offences, but spared execution. They are a tragic lot - seriously ill, often mentally as well as physically. Yet their release hardly writes finis to one of the saddest chapters of modern Chinese history.

29 Aug 2013 - 8:46am 1 comment

To protect China's environment, make its courts independent

I was recently invited to give a lecture at the Wuhan University School of Law on the topic of environmental protection laws and the judicial system in Hong Kong. On a cold morning, I took an early train from Shenzhen to Wuhan on the high-speed rail line. Looking out of the window, I saw the scenery submerged in a grey haze, which deepened as we travelled north.

9 Feb 2013 - 2:57am 1 comment

Experts say judicial independence would lead to political reform

Mainland legal experts are calling on the new Communist Party leaders to implement reforms for judicial independence, saying it would be the first step towards political reform in the country.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:07am 1 comment

How should Basic Law be 'interpreted' for the times?

The Hong Kong government's request for the Court of Final Appeal to consider asking the National People's Congress Standing Committee for a clarification of the committee's 1999 interpretation of the Basic Law is, in the words of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, an attempt to "tidy up" legal loose ends.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:38am 6 comments

Devil in the detail of government's case for interpretation

Many government critics are barking up the wrong tree. The government has every right as a litigant to suggest the top court ask Beijing for an interpretation of residency rights.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:30am 6 comments

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

The decision 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.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:50am 2 comments