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’s Law Society forms panel to investigate national security police complaint against lawyers in connection to legal defence fund for protesters

Society president Chan Chak-ming confirms three-member committee to look into case involving now-defunct 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund.

Society president Chan Chak-ming confirms three-member committee to look into case involving now-defunct 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund.

24 May 2022 - 8:19AM
Creating deputy justice minister role solves problem of who’s in charge in Hong Kong when boss away, experts and department staff say

Unlike the chief secretary or finance chief, the justice minister currently does not have anyone to take over the portfolio in her absence.

Unlike the chief secretary or finance chief, the justice minister currently does not have anyone to take over the portfolio in her absence.

21 May 2022 - 10:45AM
Chinese premier formally approves appointment of John Lee as Hong Kong’s next leader ahead of July 1 swearing-in ceremony

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls on incoming incoming chief executive to ‘turn a new chapter’ for ‘one country, two systems’.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang calls on incoming incoming chief executive to ‘turn a new chapter’ for ‘one country, two systems’.

20 May 2022 - 11:15PM
John Lee sets tone for incoming Hong Kong administration by pushing for new deputy ministers, pundits say, but he still needed Beijing’s approval

John Lee will become first leader since handover to establish deputy minister posts, with ones for chief secretary, financial secretary and secretary for justice.

John Lee will become first leader since handover to establish deputy minister posts, with ones for chief secretary, financial secretary and secretary for justice.

19 May 2022 - 10:39PM
The bigger the better for Hong Kong government revamp? Public policy experts divided over expansion plan for bureaus

Size of governments has been getting bigger to meet public expectations, but more bureaus could ‘create more silos and therefore more coordination problems’.

Size of governments has been getting bigger to meet public expectations, but more bureaus could ‘create more silos and therefore more coordination problems’.

18 May 2022 - 11:54AM
Can Hong Kong Bar Association’s new chief walk a tightrope and mend ties with Beijing while speaking up on issues?

Victor Dawes says he won’t duck or hide from important issues, but pledges to steer clear of politics

Victor Dawes says he won’t duck or hide from important issues, but pledges to steer clear of politics

16 May 2022 - 8:18AM
Realise ‘inevitability and urgency’ of patriotic power and nurture talent, top Chinese official urges Hong Kong in message to next administration

State media reports remarks made by Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at Beijing meeting.

State media reports remarks made by Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at Beijing meeting.

14 May 2022 - 8:13PM
Hong Kong national security police lodge complaint against lawyers who allegedly took fees from legal defence fund despite claims of pro bono services

Investigation revealed some solicitors, barristers had allegedly taken money from the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund as legal fees, the force says

Investigation revealed some solicitors, barristers had allegedly taken money from the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund as legal fees, the force says

13 May 2022 - 12:30AM
Beijing slams EU and US for ‘foolish political show’ over criticism of Cardinal Joseph Zen’s arrest as Hong Kong Catholic diocese fears for former leader

Hong Kong Catholic diocese says it is ‘extremely concerned’ for safety, condition of Cardinal Joseph Zen.

Hong Kong Catholic diocese says it is ‘extremely concerned’ for safety, condition of Cardinal Joseph Zen.

12 May 2022 - 11:31PM
Hongkongers with ties to US-backed group slammed by Beijing report could risk censure, analysts warn

Warning from analysts comes days after document issued by Chinese foreign ministry denounces National Endowment for Democracy for funding Hong Kong protests.

Warning from analysts comes days after document issued by Chinese foreign ministry denounces National Endowment for Democracy for funding Hong Kong protests.

12 May 2022 - 7:41PM
Call by US lawmakers for sanctions against Hong Kong judges and prosecutors handling national security law dismissed by judiciary as ‘absolutely unacceptable’

7 Republican congressmen urge US President Biden to impose sanctions on judges and prosecutors as part of ‘more rigorous and lasting measures’.

7 Republican congressmen urge US President Biden to impose sanctions on judges and prosecutors as part of ‘more rigorous and lasting measures’.

12 May 2022 - 10:46AM
‘Massive’ plan for Hong Kong government restructuring will need buy-in from incoming leader John Lee, who is expected to respond next week, Carrie Lam says

Incumbent chief executive says she hopes go-ahead from her successor will give officials enough time to fight for Legco support.

Incumbent chief executive says she hopes go-ahead from her successor will give officials enough time to fight for Legco support.

11 May 2022 - 11:16AM
John Lee vows to undertake ‘historic mission’ and start ‘new chapter’ for Hong Kong as he wins chief executive election uncontested

With only 54 days to go before he is sworn in, Lee says forming his cabinet will be a top priority.

With only 54 days to go before he is sworn in, Lee says forming his cabinet will be a top priority.

10 May 2022 - 4:07PM
Who is John Lee? Former schoolmates, teachers and colleagues give their measure of the man set to be Hong Kong’s next leader

Former schoolmates at Wah Yan College, Kowloon recall the boy who aced exams but kept a low profile.

Former schoolmates at Wah Yan College, Kowloon recall the boy who aced exams but kept a low profile.

10 May 2022 - 6:06PM
Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee ‘ringing up’ voters to rally support on eve of leadership election

Former No 2 official John Lee had no public activities on Saturday, but sources said he was calling Election Committee members in a bid to secure as many votes as possible.

Former No 2 official John Lee had no public activities on Saturday, but sources said he was calling Election Committee members in a bid to secure as many votes as possible.

8 May 2022 - 12:00AM
How John Lee’s election rally compares with those of other Hong Kong chief executive candidates

Some observers say Lee’s presentation lacked human touch compared with Carrie Lam’s in 2017 and Leung Chun-ying’s in 2011.

Some observers say Lee’s presentation lacked human touch compared with Carrie Lam’s in 2017 and Leung Chun-ying’s in 2011.

6 May 2022 - 11:08PM
Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee vows to restore hope, build vibrant metropolis in ‘new chapter’ for city at final election rally

Former policeman offers rare glimpse into childhood, sharing story about how his father was able to afford luxury of buying television set.

Former policeman offers rare glimpse into childhood, sharing story about how his father was able to afford luxury of buying television set.

6 May 2022 - 11:06PM
Hong Kong press award winners left in limbo as American university says it will not get involved in this year’s event

Professor Jeffrey Timmermans says Arizona State University will take over Hong Kong press group’s event from 2023, ‘so we aren’t involved in this year’s awards’.

Professor Jeffrey Timmermans says Arizona State University will take over Hong Kong press group’s event from 2023, ‘so we aren’t involved in this year’s awards’.

5 May 2022 - 12:15AM
Hong Kong plunges to 148th in world press freedom rankings, according to annual index by Reporters Without Borders

Meanwhile, Arizona State University’s journalism school says it will take over the Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s annual human rights media awards.

Meanwhile, Arizona State University’s journalism school says it will take over the Foreign Correspondents’ Club’s annual human rights media awards.

3 May 2022 - 10:01PM
Carrie Lam urges Hong Kong lawmakers to pass overdue labour bill to scrap MPF offsetting mechanism, citing ‘unexpected’ Legco hindrance

Outgoing chief executive slams hindrance in legislature as ‘unexpected’.

Outgoing chief executive slams hindrance in legislature as ‘unexpected’.

3 May 2022 - 4:59PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong to ease more social-distancing rules on Thursday, allowing 8 per table at restaurants ‘ahead of Mother’s Day’

Cap on patrons per table at eateries to be expanded to eight from the current four, while beaches, swimming pools and water playgrounds can reopen.

Cap on patrons per table at eateries to be expanded to eight from the current four, while beaches, swimming pools and water playgrounds can reopen.

4 May 2022 - 2:03AM
Hong Kong chief executive hopeful John Lee puts political reforms on back-burner and economic, social issues front and centre

In a one-hour televised forum, Lee says he plans to keep property prices stable, stops short of saying if he will introduce vacancy tax and vows to make border reopening a priority.

In a one-hour televised forum, Lee says he plans to keep property prices stable, stops short of saying if he will introduce vacancy tax and vows to make border reopening a priority.

30 Apr 2022 - 11:30PM
Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: lots of economic and social issues to tackle, constitutional reform ‘not a priority’ for now, John Lee says

Lee delivers remarks at public forum jointly organised by seven television and radio stations, just nine days before the city’s leadership election.

Lee delivers remarks at public forum jointly organised by seven television and radio stations, just nine days before the city’s leadership election.

30 Apr 2022 - 10:25PM
Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: John Lee reveals plans for city over next 5 years, with focus on housing woes, governance and competitiveness

Chief executive candidate to tackle housing crisis by establishing two new task forces to speed up construction, develop private land.

Chief executive candidate to tackle housing crisis by establishing two new task forces to speed up construction, develop private land.

30 Apr 2022 - 2:51AM
What we know so far about John Lee’s vision for Hong Kong: 6 takeaways from his manifesto speech

Candidate aims for a plan, within first 100 days, to roll out more public flats, cut waiting time

Candidate aims for a plan, within first 100 days, to roll out more public flats, cut waiting time

29 Apr 2022 - 9:00PM
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam downplays concerns over diminishing press freedom following suspension of human rights media awards

Chief Executive Carrie Lam attributes public’s concerns to misunderstandings on the extent of press freedom is covered by constitutional safeguards.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam attributes public’s concerns to misunderstandings on the extent of press freedom is covered by constitutional safeguards.

26 Apr 2022 - 9:05PM
Coronavirus: Hong Kong on track to open beaches, nightlife districts and more next month, but city leader rules out bringing forward next round of social-distancing easing

Carrie Lam says the government will push on with relaxing social-distancing measures unless there is a sudden, ‘unlikely’ surge in Covid-19 infections.

Carrie Lam says the government will push on with relaxing social-distancing measures unless there is a sudden, ‘unlikely’ surge in Covid-19 infections.

27 Apr 2022 - 9:41AM
Hong Kong chief executive candidate John Lee weighing pros and cons of government makeover at the top by having deputies for chief and finance secretaries

The creation of two new top posts could help with the government’s workload but could also create friction in a big team, analysts warn.

The creation of two new top posts could help with the government’s workload but could also create friction in a big team, analysts warn.

23 Apr 2022 - 10:51PM
Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: sole candidate John Lee wants to set up policy unit to ‘listen to public sentiment’, restoring old outfit Carrie Lam downplayed

John Lee plans to reinstate official policy think tank, previously called Central Policy Unit, to address current deficiency in administration, insiders reveal.

John Lee plans to reinstate official policy think tank, previously called Central Policy Unit, to address current deficiency in administration, insiders reveal.

23 Apr 2022 - 10:53PM
Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: legal exemption in US law could be why Facebook did not follow YouTube in axing John Lee’s account

YouTube terminated Lee’s campaign channel on Wednesday, citing compliance with US sanction laws, but fellow American tech giant Facebook did not follow suit.

YouTube terminated Lee’s campaign channel on Wednesday, citing compliance with US sanction laws, but fellow American tech giant Facebook did not follow suit.

23 Apr 2022 - 12:13PM