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Law school graduates carry the nation's hopes for rule of law

I remember vividly my first encounter with Tsinghua University. In 1995, Mr Hu Xianzhang, vice-president of the university, and Mr Wang Zhenmin called on me in Hong Kong. Mr Wang was then a young man and assistant to the head of the law department.

Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 3:31am 3 comments

Top Hong Kong judge refuses to let solicitors wear wigs in higher courts

It's a ruling that may leave some solicitors tearing their hair out. The city's top judge, Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li (pictured), has refused their request to be allowed to wear wigs - historically a symbol of power and the preserve of judges and barristers - when they represent clients in higher courts.

26 Apr 2013 - 11:23am 13 comments

A life in court: lawyers, robbers and other reptiles

It was a key court ruling on the "one country, two systems" principle that made Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary want to stay on as a permanent judge as he neared retirement.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:06am 2 comments

Failure to observe formalities can lead to danger

If land law brings any image to mind, it might be that of a pile of title deeds. Formality has a very important part to play in land law. When it comes to something as expensive and important as land, certainty is important.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:13am

Chief Hong Kong prosecutor wants easier way to seize dirty cash

Director of Public Prosecutions Kevin Zervos said the fact that prosecutors need a criminal conviction before they can apply for a confiscation order is hampering their efforts.

22 Apr 2013 - 8:34am 6 comments

China to complete draft of climate change law in two years

China plans to draw on the experience of seven regional carbon markets as it drafts new national legislation in one or two years, according to the country's senior climate negotiator.

19 Apr 2013 - 4:59am

Why 'no win, no fee' is no go for Hong Kong lawyers

In Britain, the United States and Australia, they call it "no win, no fee" litigation. A lawyer takes on a case for no upfront fee in return for a slice of whatever the client wins. It's considered a vital way to give those without the means to mount an expensive legal action a shot at justice.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am 3 comments

Beijing must ensure people's right to privacy

The case of Li Guanfeng, the 17-year-old son of the prominent People's Liberation Army singing artist Li Shuangjiang, is hitting the headlines again. A defence lawyer publicised a sternly worded statement last month, appealing to the public to respect the rights of his client, who has been detained, with four others, on suspicion of gang rape.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am

Tough money laundering law

It might surprise many that in Hong Kong you can be convicted of the offence if you did not know or believe that the money was the proceeds of an offence - in fact, even if you believed it was not, if the court finds (objectively) reasonable grounds for believing it was.

31 Mar 2013 - 2:08am 1 comment

Don't use the law to discriminate against domestic workers

In Hong Kong, people enthuse over the "rule of law" and its long-standing presence here. It is the cause of our economic miracle and social stability, and is purportedly the main difference between us and the mainland.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 21 comments