Chris Lau

Chris Lau

Chris 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.

Latest from Chris Lau

Sexual grooming offence, changes to rape laws urged by Hong Kong law reform group

The Law Reform Commission has proposed some 70 changes to the city’s sexual offences laws, including ensuring offences cover LGBT communities and digital crimes.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:25PM

The Law Reform Commission has proposed some 70 changes to the city’s sexual offences laws, including ensuring offences cover LGBT communities and digital crimes.

Sexual grooming offence, changes to rape laws urged by Hong Kong law reform group
Hong Kong protests: Facebook rolls out new worldwide policy regarding pictures of children after doxxing cases involving police officers and their families

Content policy manager at social media giant says Facebook now removes any content designed to identify children and create risks to their safety.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:50AM

Content policy manager at social media giant says Facebook now removes any content designed to identify children and create risks to their safety.

Hong Kong protests: Facebook rolls out new worldwide policy regarding pictures of children after doxxing cases involving police officers and their families
Pro-Beijing supporters turn up at Hong Kong’s lunchtime protests, stepping on US flag and pictures of Donald Trump

The loyalists also stomped on pictures of Trump as they marched to the US consulate during the lunchtime rallies normally dominated by anti-government protesters.

4 Dec 2019 - 4:56AM

The loyalists also stomped on pictures of Trump as they marched to the US consulate during the lunchtime rallies normally dominated by anti-government protesters.

Pro-Beijing supporters turn up at Hong Kong’s lunchtime protests, stepping on US flag and pictures of Donald Trump
Hong Kong Airlines CEO promises to do everything to avoid laying off staff, with airline on the brink

Carrier has still not revealed financial plans following threat by authorities to revoke licence, with just days left to save the city’s third largest airline.

3 Dec 2019 - 10:55PM

Carrier has still not revealed financial plans following threat by authorities to revoke licence, with just days left to save the city’s third largest airline.

Hong Kong Airlines CEO promises to do everything to avoid laying off staff, with airline on the brink
Hong Kong protests: Indonesian journalist who lost her eye while covering action in Wan Chai keen to pursue case against police

Indonesian journalist accuses police of being slow to probe, refusing to name officer.

3 Dec 2019 - 2:24AM

Indonesian journalist accuses police of being slow to probe, refusing to name officer.

Hong Kong protests: Indonesian journalist who lost her eye while covering action in Wan Chai keen to pursue case against police
Hong Kong protests: battered Polytechnic University faces six months of repairs as police say more than 10,000 petrol bombs seized from campuses across city

Polytechnic University president Teng Jin-guang reveals that of more than 1,100 people arrested over campus siege, only 46 were students, while police say more than 10,000 petrol bombs seized from campuses across city.

30 Nov 2019 - 12:38PM

Polytechnic University president Teng Jin-guang reveals that of more than 1,100 people arrested over campus siege, only 46 were students, while police say more than 10,000 petrol bombs seized from campuses across city.

Hong Kong protests: battered Polytechnic University faces six months of repairs as police say more than 10,000 petrol bombs seized from campuses across city
From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes.

2 Dec 2019 - 4:25PM

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes.

From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis
Hong Kong police seize more than 3,800 petrol bombs from Polytechnic University, saying campus siege will end on Friday

Assistant Commissioner of Police Chow Yat-ming confident clear up operation can be finished with one more day, as police seize petrol bombs, gas canisters and chemicals including acid and other corrosive liquids during search.

4 Dec 2019 - 6:28PM

Assistant Commissioner of Police Chow Yat-ming confident clear up operation can be finished with one more day, as police seize petrol bombs, gas canisters and chemicals including acid and other corrosive liquids during search.

Hong Kong police seize more than 3,800 petrol bombs from Polytechnic University, saying campus siege will end on Friday
Polytechnic University siege: Hong Kong police to enter campus to remove weapons, dangerous substances and gather evidence of vandalism

Two teams from Polytechnic University have failed to convince any last holdouts to leave the site.

28 Nov 2019 - 8:04AM

Two teams from Polytechnic University have failed to convince any last holdouts to leave the site.

Polytechnic University siege: Hong Kong police to enter campus to remove weapons, dangerous substances and gather evidence of vandalism
Hong Kong’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel to reopen after two-week closure from protest chaos, while police team poised to enter wrecked PolyU nearby

Government says vital link between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island can be used again from 5am on Wednesday, with normal charges applying.

26 Nov 2019 - 11:44PM

Government says vital link between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island can be used again from 5am on Wednesday, with normal charges applying.

Hong Kong’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel to reopen after two-week closure from protest chaos, while police team poised to enter wrecked PolyU nearby
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says police will delay PolyU entry as safety team makes final bid to convince radicals to leave with siege entering 10th day

Polytechnic University sends in a group hoping to persuade few remaining radicals to leave campus, as Hong Kong leader says police team will only act if that fails.

26 Nov 2019 - 6:08PM

Polytechnic University sends in a group hoping to persuade few remaining radicals to leave campus, as Hong Kong leader says police team will only act if that fails.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says police will delay PolyU entry as safety team makes final bid to convince radicals to leave with siege entering 10th day
Hong Kong protests: police to send negotiators and psychologists to PolyU to convince holdouts to come out

Police promise protesters will not be arrested on the spot and will be treated similar to minors after university top brass meet officers to break deadlock.

26 Nov 2019 - 3:29AM

Police promise protesters will not be arrested on the spot and will be treated similar to minors after university top brass meet officers to break deadlock.

Hong Kong protests: police to send negotiators and psychologists to PolyU to convince holdouts to come out
Hong Kong university siege: two men trapped on campus for more than a week slam police for ‘depriving them of right to vote’

The pair, who have been on campus for eight days, urge police to stop ‘illegal detention’ immediately, calling the situation ‘an international humanitarian crisis’.

25 Nov 2019 - 8:25AM

The pair, who have been on campus for eight days, urge police to stop ‘illegal detention’ immediately, calling the situation ‘an international humanitarian crisis’.

Hong Kong university siege: two men trapped on campus for more than a week slam police for ‘depriving them of right to vote’
Court suspends for seven days ruling that Hong Kong mask ban is unconstitutional but warns measure remains invalid

Decision comes just days after court’s ruling drew stern remarks from Beijing, seen by critics as a move to exert pressure on Hong Kong’s independent judiciary.

23 Nov 2019 - 12:51AM

Decision comes just days after court’s ruling drew stern remarks from Beijing, seen by critics as a move to exert pressure on Hong Kong’s independent judiciary.

Court suspends for seven days ruling that Hong Kong mask ban is unconstitutional but warns measure remains invalid
Hong Kong mask law: judges give themselves time to deliberate suspension of controversial emergency ruling

Justice department had written to judges to keep the mask ban ‘valid and of legal effect’ until a final verdict was reached.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:37PM

Justice department had written to judges to keep the mask ban ‘valid and of legal effect’ until a final verdict was reached.

Hong Kong mask law: judges give themselves time to deliberate suspension of controversial emergency ruling
Rare day of calm after week of chaos and violence across Hong Kong, but 100 protesters still defying surrender in Polytechnic University stand-off

Authorities make plans to clear Cross-Harbour Tunnel, a major link crippled for a week by radicals.

21 Nov 2019 - 5:35AM

Authorities make plans to clear Cross-Harbour Tunnel, a major link crippled for a week by radicals.

Rare day of calm after week of chaos and violence across Hong Kong, but 100 protesters still defying surrender in Polytechnic University stand-off
Hong Kong Department of Justice asks High Court to suspend ruling that anti-mask law is unconstitutional – as it scrambles to defend the legislation

Request comes ahead of an expected appeal by the Department of Justice to reinstate the now suspended anti-mask law, source tells the Post.

21 Nov 2019 - 12:09PM

Request comes ahead of an expected appeal by the Department of Justice to reinstate the now suspended anti-mask law, source tells the Post.

Hong Kong Department of Justice asks High Court to suspend ruling that anti-mask law is unconstitutional – as it scrambles to defend the legislation
Options running out for last Hong Kong protesters trapped in PolyU campus but some radicals would rather ‘die than surrender’

Those inside say people have become wary of one another and avoid moving in big groups.

21 Nov 2019 - 12:12AM

Those inside say people have become wary of one another and avoid moving in big groups.

Options running out for last Hong Kong protesters trapped in PolyU campus but some radicals would rather ‘die than surrender’
Explainer | Why Beijing’s angry reaction to Hong Kong High Court’s mask ban decision prompts fears it will overturn ruling

Question is whether Beijing will overturn ruling with its own interpretation of the Basic Law.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:35PM

Question is whether Beijing will overturn ruling with its own interpretation of the Basic Law.

Why Beijing’s angry reaction to Hong Kong High Court’s mask ban decision prompts fears it will overturn ruling
Hong Kong mask law: Beijing claim on ‘unconstitutional’ ruling could spell end of ‘one country, two systems’, legal heavyweights warn

After spokesman for NPCSC’s Legislative Affairs Commission said High Court ruling did not comply with Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, city’s legal scholars suggest ‘ill advised’ remarks could be ‘disastrous’ for politically charged cases.

20 Nov 2019 - 12:03PM

After spokesman for NPCSC’s Legislative Affairs Commission said High Court ruling did not comply with Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, city’s legal scholars suggest ‘ill advised’ remarks could be ‘disastrous’ for politically charged cases.

Hong Kong mask law: Beijing claim on ‘unconstitutional’ ruling could spell end of ‘one country, two systems’, legal heavyweights warn
Hong Kong protests: parents searching for children among PolyU radical protesters get caught in police lockdown

Hundreds of radicals and supporters hold out overnight before surrendering on Tuesday.

19 Nov 2019 - 11:59PM

Hundreds of radicals and supporters hold out overnight before surrendering on Tuesday.

Hong Kong protests: parents searching for children among PolyU radical protesters get caught in police lockdown
Dangerous chemicals missing from laboratories of Hong Kong’s universities could threaten public safety, officials and experts warn after campus clashes

Three Hong Kong universities have reported to police that chemicals were stolen from their campuses amid intense clashes between radicals and officers.

19 Nov 2019 - 8:06AM

Three Hong Kong universities have reported to police that chemicals were stolen from their campuses amid intense clashes between radicals and officers.

Dangerous chemicals missing from laboratories of Hong Kong’s universities could threaten public safety, officials and experts warn after campus clashes
Hong Kong protests: peaceful Friday turns violent again as government issues warning to employees and university chiefs call for end to deadlock

Government warns 180,000 employees they face immediate suspension if arrested while taking part in unlawful public activities.

16 Nov 2019 - 10:16AM

Government warns 180,000 employees they face immediate suspension if arrested while taking part in unlawful public activities.

Hong Kong protests: peaceful Friday turns violent again as government issues warning to employees and university chiefs call for end to deadlock
Hong Kong protests: lunchtime demonstrations extend across city with hundreds of people blocking roads

Crowds out in Central, Tai Koo, Causeway Bay and Wong Chuk Hang, but in Central, there was a noticeably reduced presence of radical protesters.

15 Nov 2019 - 7:33PM

Crowds out in Central, Tai Koo, Causeway Bay and Wong Chuk Hang, but in Central, there was a noticeably reduced presence of radical protesters.

Hong Kong protests: lunchtime demonstrations extend across city with hundreds of people blocking roads
Hong Kong barristers condemn arson attack on court building, calling it ‘corrosive’ to rule of law

Bar Association says it ‘strongly deplores’ attack outside Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court that left a two-metre blaze burning across a flower bed.

15 Nov 2019 - 1:48AM

Bar Association says it ‘strongly deplores’ attack outside Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court that left a two-metre blaze burning across a flower bed.

Hong Kong barristers condemn arson attack on court building, calling it ‘corrosive’ to rule of law
Police ban takes the parade out of Hong Kong’s pride celebrations, amid violent protests in the city

Annual event for the first time reduced to a static rally, with no march allowed.

14 Nov 2019 - 11:53PM

Annual event for the first time reduced to a static rally, with no march allowed.

Police ban takes the parade out of Hong Kong’s pride celebrations, amid violent protests in the city
Hong Kong protests: shot student remains in critical condition after surgery to remove right kidney, part of liver and bullet, as arguments rage over force used

Station sergeant shot 21-year-old in the abdomen at a road crossing in Sai Wan Ho at 7.20am following a confrontation at road crossing.

12 Nov 2019 - 1:16AM

Station sergeant shot 21-year-old in the abdomen at a road crossing in Sai Wan Ho at 7.20am following a confrontation at road crossing.

Hong Kong protests: shot student remains in critical condition after surgery to remove right kidney, part of liver and bullet, as arguments rage over force used
Telegram social media channel used by protesters for doxxing Hong Kong police shuts down after leaking thousands of pictures and videos of officers and their families

Before its closure, channel had more than 200,000 followers who had posted more than 4,200 pictures and videos of police officers and their families.

9 Nov 2019 - 12:54AM

Before its closure, channel had more than 200,000 followers who had posted more than 4,200 pictures and videos of police officers and their families.

Telegram social media channel used by protesters for doxxing Hong Kong police shuts down after leaking thousands of pictures and videos of officers and their families
Hong Kong court exempts journalists from ban granted to police on publishing personal details of officers amid fears over doxxing

Mr Justice Russell Coleman said he had struck a balance between the need to protect police officers and their families and press freedom.

8 Nov 2019 - 11:08PM

Mr Justice Russell Coleman said he had struck a balance between the need to protect police officers and their families and press freedom.

Hong Kong court exempts journalists from ban granted to police on publishing personal details of officers amid fears over doxxing
University of Hong Kong student jailed for six weeks for carrying retractable baton for self-defence

Music student Chen Zimou said in court he feared for his safety due to prevailing anti-mainland sentiment and violent protests in Hong Kong.

8 Nov 2019 - 5:01AM

Music student Chen Zimou said in court he feared for his safety due to prevailing anti-mainland sentiment and violent protests in Hong Kong.

University of Hong Kong student jailed for six weeks for carrying retractable baton for self-defence