Chris Lau

Hong Kong

Chris Lau

Senior Reporter, Hong Kong

Chris Lau is a reporter specialising in court and legal affairs in Hong Kong. From criminal justice to constitutional issues, he brings in the latest updates and in-depth analysis on legal issues that affect all aspects of the city. He also covers human rights issues extensively.

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Hong Kong national security law: defence slams ‘draconian’ case against 47 opposition figures – but proceedings halted after defendant faints

Defendant Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying fainted at around 1.45am, after more than nine hours in court – the hearing will resume on Tuesday morning. 

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Defendant Clarisse Yeung Suet-ying fainted at around 1.45am, after more than nine hours in court – the hearing will resume on Tuesday morning. 

Hong Kong national security law: defence slams ‘draconian’ case against 47 opposition figures – but proceedings halted after defendant faints
Explainer | What does Chinese University’s move to cut ties with student union mean for civil rights movement in Hong Kong?

While the legality of Chinese University’s move to cut ties with its student’s union has been questioned, some worry that other institutions could follow suit as a means of stifling dissent on campus.

27 Feb 2021 - 2:30PM

While the legality of Chinese University’s move to cut ties with its student’s union has been questioned, some worry that other institutions could follow suit as a means of stifling dissent on campus.

What does Chinese University’s move to cut ties with student union mean for civil rights movement in Hong Kong?
Legal scholars warn vague wording in Hong Kong bill would grant authorities broad powers to disqualify officials, quash dissent

Experts say the bill’s ill-defined terminology gives the government too much leeway in deciding what kind of behaviour is and is not acceptable.

25 Feb 2021 - 9:03AM

Experts say the bill’s ill-defined terminology gives the government too much leeway in deciding what kind of behaviour is and is not acceptable.

Legal scholars warn vague wording in Hong Kong bill would grant authorities broad powers to disqualify officials, quash dissent
Exit of opposition lawmakers leaves Hong Kong NGOs, civil society lamenting lack of allies in Legco

NGOs say they miss having opposition lawmakers to raise their issues, obtain data from officials.

23 Feb 2021 - 10:54AM

NGOs say they miss having opposition lawmakers to raise their issues, obtain data from officials.

Exit of opposition lawmakers leaves Hong Kong NGOs, civil society lamenting lack of allies in Legco
First Covid-19 vaccines land in Hong Kong, as city confirms 13 new cases and experts back Sinovac jab for healthy older people

Carrie Lam and her top officials to receive the city’s first doses of the Sinovac jab next Monday, according to sources.

20 Feb 2021 - 12:05AM

Carrie Lam and her top officials to receive the city’s first doses of the Sinovac jab next Monday, according to sources.

First Covid-19 vaccines land in Hong Kong, as city confirms 13 new cases and experts back Sinovac jab for healthy older people
Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 12 new infections as official reveals vaccination programme delayed until early March

Authorities perform trial run in preparation for arrival of first jabs from Pfizer-BioNTech.

14 Feb 2021 - 11:36PM

Authorities perform trial run in preparation for arrival of first jabs from Pfizer-BioNTech.

Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 12 new infections as official reveals vaccination programme delayed until early March
Hong Kong prisons start trimming female inmates’ tresses just past shoulders after court ruling on sex discrimination

Critics say prisons have not gone far enough as different rules still apply for men and women.

13 Feb 2021 - 11:25PM

Critics say prisons have not gone far enough as different rules still apply for men and women.

Hong Kong prisons start trimming female inmates’ tresses just past shoulders after court ruling on sex discrimination
Explainer | National security law: what you need to know about the decision to hold a trial without a jury

Tong Ying-kit will be tried by a panel of three judges at the city’s High Court in unprecedented move, and while other countries have occasionally done the same, there are some shortcomings to the process.

12 Feb 2021 - 9:38AM

Tong Ying-kit will be tried by a panel of three judges at the city’s High Court in unprecedented move, and while other countries have occasionally done the same, there are some shortcomings to the process.

National security law: what you need to know about the decision to hold a trial without a jury
National security law: Jimmy Lai applies for bail once more after Hong Kong’s top court revokes it; new judge to hear request next Thursday

The Apple Daily founder filed his second application on Wednesday, a day after Court of Final Appeal rescinded a previous judge’s decision to free him.

11 Feb 2021 - 7:05PM

The Apple Daily founder filed his second application on Wednesday, a day after Court of Final Appeal rescinded a previous judge’s decision to free him.

National security law: Jimmy Lai applies for bail once more after Hong Kong’s top court revokes it; new judge to hear request next Thursday
First trial of a defendant charged under Hong Kong’s national security law ‘to proceed without a jury’

Three judges will try the 23-year-old in the absence of a jury under a security law provision invoked by the city’s justice secretary, source says.

9 Feb 2021 - 2:05AM

Three judges will try the 23-year-old in the absence of a jury under a security law provision invoked by the city’s justice secretary, source says.

First trial of a defendant charged under Hong Kong’s national security law ‘to proceed without a jury’
National security law: Hong Kong legal groups deny city is losing its standing as global arbitration hub

Law Society and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre reject suggestions overseas firms are considering shunning city’s dispute resolution services.

8 Feb 2021 - 9:39PM

Law Society and Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre reject suggestions overseas firms are considering shunning city’s dispute resolution services.

National security law: Hong Kong legal groups deny city is losing its standing as global arbitration hub
National security law: Beijing likely to play long game after Canada’s visa offer to Hongkongers, experts say

Move to offer three-year visa to residents may be provocative but Beijing is expected to keep its cool for now, pundits suggest, as the situation cannot be compared to the ongoing row with Britain.

8 Feb 2021 - 11:48AM

Move to offer three-year visa to residents may be provocative but Beijing is expected to keep its cool for now, pundits suggest, as the situation cannot be compared to the ongoing row with Britain.

National security law: Beijing likely to play long game after Canada’s visa offer to Hongkongers, experts say
Hong Kong justice minister accuses unnamed media outlets of ‘biased’ reporting on prosecutors’ appeals against protesters

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said some reports had ignored prosecutors’ arguments for seeking tougher sentences for those convicted over 2019’s social unrest.

6 Feb 2021 - 11:03PM

Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng said some reports had ignored prosecutors’ arguments for seeking tougher sentences for those convicted over 2019’s social unrest.

Hong Kong justice minister accuses unnamed media outlets of ‘biased’ reporting on prosecutors’ appeals against protesters
Hong Kong’s embattled public broadcaster in the cross hairs again as Carrie Lam slams ‘unacceptable’ performance in Legco session

Improvement at RTHK ‘badly needed’, chief executive says, noting she is ‘still waiting’ to hear from its chief editor over a variety of complaints.

5 Feb 2021 - 12:18AM

Improvement at RTHK ‘badly needed’, chief executive says, noting she is ‘still waiting’ to hear from its chief editor over a variety of complaints.

Hong Kong’s embattled public broadcaster in the cross hairs again as Carrie Lam slams ‘unacceptable’ performance in Legco session
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vows to introduce amendments combating doxxing, fake news and hate speech at Legco meeting

The measures were among several legal amendments Lam proposed in her first Legislative Council visit of the new year.

5 Feb 2021 - 12:11AM

The measures were among several legal amendments Lam proposed in her first Legislative Council visit of the new year.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam vows to introduce amendments combating doxxing, fake news and hate speech at Legco meeting
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam denies interference suggestion, after reportedly meeting chief justice ahead of Jimmy Lai hearing

Carrie Lam categorically denies discussing any court cases with Hong Kong’s chief justice or his predecessor.

2 Feb 2021 - 11:50PM

Carrie Lam categorically denies discussing any court cases with Hong Kong’s chief justice or his predecessor.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam denies interference suggestion, after reportedly meeting chief justice ahead of Jimmy Lai hearing
Hong Kong fourth wave: three more coronavirus lockdowns launched, hours after uncooperative residents warned not to hide from test officials

Hong Kong government says raft of legal powers at authorities’ disposal against those refusing to submit to lockdown testing, including breaking into flats with court approval.

3 Feb 2021 - 9:18AM

Hong Kong government says raft of legal powers at authorities’ disposal against those refusing to submit to lockdown testing, including breaking into flats with court approval.

Hong Kong fourth wave: three more coronavirus lockdowns launched, hours after uncooperative residents warned not to hide from test officials
Corruption complaints in Hong Kong plunge to 40-year low in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic

ICAC officials say the drop could be due to a lack of economic activities amid pandemic or new ways to commit crimes and avoid detection.

1 Feb 2021 - 11:58PM

ICAC officials say the drop could be due to a lack of economic activities amid pandemic or new ways to commit crimes and avoid detection.

Corruption complaints in Hong Kong plunge to 40-year low in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic
Hong Kong BN(O): Beijing blasts Britain as application process begins; families torn between moving together or leaving one parent behind to make money

As the scheme kicked off on Sunday, some local families were deciding whether to head to Britain together or have one adult remain to continue earning money. 

1 Feb 2021 - 12:45PM

As the scheme kicked off on Sunday, some local families were deciding whether to head to Britain together or have one adult remain to continue earning money. 

Hong Kong BN(O): Beijing blasts Britain as application process begins; families torn between moving together or leaving one parent behind to make money
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam can avoid policy U-turns by welcoming views outside tight circle of experts, observers say

Indecision over Lunar New Year flower markets the latest in string of confusing policy reversals.

25 Jan 2021 - 8:08AM

Indecision over Lunar New Year flower markets the latest in string of confusing policy reversals.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam can avoid policy U-turns by welcoming views outside tight circle of experts, observers say
Hong Kong lockdown: 10,000 confined for massive Covid-19 testing operation in Yau Tsim Mong, as fleeing residents prompt implementation review

About 3,000 civil servants including police and other disciplined services officers are expected to be deployed for the unprecedented screening operation.

23 Jan 2021 - 11:25PM

About 3,000 civil servants including police and other disciplined services officers are expected to be deployed for the unprecedented screening operation.

Hong Kong lockdown: 10,000 confined for massive Covid-19 testing operation in Yau Tsim Mong, as fleeing residents prompt implementation review
Arrest of Hong Kong opposition figures a ‘fairly obvious’ abuse of law, says new head of city’s Bar Association

New chairman of Bar Association Paul Harris calls arrest of 55 people in January a ‘fairly obvious’ abuse of law, as he says he wants dialogue with Beijing and calls for end to attacks on profession in media.

23 Jan 2021 - 12:26AM

New chairman of Bar Association Paul Harris calls arrest of 55 people in January a ‘fairly obvious’ abuse of law, as he says he wants dialogue with Beijing and calls for end to attacks on profession in media.

Arrest of Hong Kong opposition figures a ‘fairly obvious’ abuse of law, says new head of city’s Bar Association
Hong Kong protests: justice secretary hits out at ‘disgraceful’ British attacks that forced Queen’s Counsel to drop case against tycoon Jimmy Lai

David Perry, who has handled numerous high-profile cases in the city over the past decade, had been labelled ‘mercenary’ by British foreign secretary.

21 Jan 2021 - 7:48AM

David Perry, who has handled numerous high-profile cases in the city over the past decade, had been labelled ‘mercenary’ by British foreign secretary.

Hong Kong protests: justice secretary hits out at ‘disgraceful’ British attacks that forced Queen’s Counsel to drop case against tycoon Jimmy Lai
Hong Kong’s outgoing Bar Association chair calls for renewing of contacts – ‘even on a modest level’ – amid chilly relationship with Beijing

But Bar’s loyalty is to ‘an abstract concept’, senior counsel Philip Dykes tells the Post, ‘the rule of law and the independent judiciary’.

20 Jan 2021 - 11:24PM

But Bar’s loyalty is to ‘an abstract concept’, senior counsel Philip Dykes tells the Post, ‘the rule of law and the independent judiciary’.

Hong Kong’s outgoing Bar Association chair calls for renewing of contacts – ‘even on a modest level’ – amid chilly relationship with Beijing
National security law: Beijing’s retaliation against London’s BN(O) pathway ‘down to loyalty test’ for Hong Kong public officers

Saga centres on possible action by China to bar BN(O) passport owners from holding public office in Hong Kong.

17 Jan 2021 - 11:06AM

Saga centres on possible action by China to bar BN(O) passport owners from holding public office in Hong Kong.

National security law: Beijing’s retaliation against London’s BN(O) pathway ‘down to loyalty test’ for Hong Kong public officers
Hong Kong protests: RTHK journalist denies breaking law with online databases research for programme about Yuen Long mob attack

Bao Choy pleads not guilty to two counts of making a false statement in declaring why she wanted details from government about a vehicle.

14 Jan 2021 - 11:31PM

Bao Choy pleads not guilty to two counts of making a false statement in declaring why she wanted details from government about a vehicle.

Hong Kong protests: RTHK journalist denies breaking law with online databases research for programme about Yuen Long mob attack
Hong Kong protests: spotlight on judge for ordering removal of yellow masks in court and riot comments on reporters – was he right, or did he go too far?

Drama at District Court on Monday centres on Judge Ernest Lin, who also criticised journalists in yellow vests captured on protest clip.

13 Jan 2021 - 6:57PM

Drama at District Court on Monday centres on Judge Ernest Lin, who also criticised journalists in yellow vests captured on protest clip.

Hong Kong protests: spotlight on judge for ordering removal of yellow masks in court and riot comments on reporters – was he right, or did he go too far?
Hong Kong justice department hires Queen’s Counsel David Perry to prosecute protest case against Jimmy Lai, eight others

Perry has tackled a raft of high-profile cases in the city over the past decade, including the bribery trial of Donald Tsang and that of the ‘milkshake murderer’.

13 Jan 2021 - 8:54AM

Perry has tackled a raft of high-profile cases in the city over the past decade, including the bribery trial of Donald Tsang and that of the ‘milkshake murderer’.

Hong Kong justice department hires Queen’s Counsel David Perry to prosecute protest case against Jimmy Lai, eight others
Hong Kong’s new chief justice defends judicial independence in face of rising attacks on judges in inaugural speech

Doxxing, threats of violence are ‘as futile as they are reprehensible’ in influencing courtroom decisions, says Andrew Cheung as he assumes new role.

12 Jan 2021 - 8:19AM

Doxxing, threats of violence are ‘as futile as they are reprehensible’ in influencing courtroom decisions, says Andrew Cheung as he assumes new role.

Hong Kong’s new chief justice defends judicial independence in face of rising attacks on judges in inaugural speech
Seasoned jurist Andrew Cheung steps up as Hong Kong’s new chief justice amid political turmoil and pressure from Beijing

First Hong Kong graduate to head judiciary is said to be low profile, known for conservative decisions.

11 Jan 2021 - 7:23AM

First Hong Kong graduate to head judiciary is said to be low profile, known for conservative decisions.

Seasoned jurist Andrew Cheung steps up as Hong Kong’s new chief justice amid political turmoil and pressure from Beijing