Grenville Cross

Grenville Cross

Grenville Cross SC is a criminal justice analyst, a barrister (Queen’s counsel and senior counsel), and vice-chairman of the senate of the International Association of Prosecutors. He is sentencing editor of Hong Kong Cases and Archbold Hong Kong, and co-author of Sentencing in Hong Kong. He was the director of public prosecutions from 1997 to 2009.

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The View | Brexit has restored British sovereignty and given Thatcher the last laugh

Boris Johnson is the hero of the hour for securing a better-than-expected EU trade deal but the role of his predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, in sowing the seeds of Brexit, must never be forgotten.

6 Jan 2021 - 1:22AM

Boris Johnson is the hero of the hour for securing a better-than-expected EU trade deal but the role of his predecessor, Margaret Thatcher, in sowing the seeds of Brexit, must never be forgotten.

Brexit has restored British sovereignty and given Thatcher the last laugh
Opinion | Hong Kong’s child abuse laws must be updated as a matter of urgency in 2021

Risks to children have risen during the coronavirus pandemic and the antiquated law must be extended to cover emotional abuse and neglect, sexual grooming, cyberbullying and doxxing.

23 Dec 2020 - 6:26PM

Risks to children have risen during the coronavirus pandemic and the antiquated law must be extended to cover emotional abuse and neglect, sexual grooming, cyberbullying and doxxing.

Hong Kong’s child abuse laws must be updated as a matter of urgency in 2021
Opinion | Why Britain’s foreign secretary is no friend to Hong Kong and the rule of law

If Dominic Raab is genuinely concerned about the national security law for Hong Kong, he should be encouraging British judges to remain on the city’s Court of Final Appeal so they can help ensure just outcomes.

1 Dec 2020 - 6:48PM

If Dominic Raab is genuinely concerned about the national security law for Hong Kong, he should be encouraging British judges to remain on the city’s Court of Final Appeal so they can help ensure just outcomes.

Why Britain’s foreign secretary is no friend to Hong Kong and the rule of law
Opinion | Don’t deny the vote to Hongkongers in mainland China because of overblown concerns about electoral fraud

Hong Kong’s ICAC, which oversees electoral fraud, has ample experience working with counterparts elsewhere to pursue offenders. The move to allow the millions of Hongkongers living on the mainland to vote is long overdue.

5 Nov 2020 - 8:35AM

Hong Kong’s ICAC, which oversees electoral fraud, has ample experience working with counterparts elsewhere to pursue offenders. The move to allow the millions of Hongkongers living on the mainland to vote is long overdue.

Don’t deny the vote to Hongkongers in mainland China because of overblown concerns about electoral fraud
Opinion | Heed the chief justice’s words to ease fears over Hong Kong’s judiciary

Accusations of bias among judges have arisen amid protest-related cases, but there are mechanisms in place to handle complaints. If people keep politics out of the courtroom, concerns about the independence of Hong Kong’s judiciary will diminish.

7 Oct 2020 - 7:23AM

Accusations of bias among judges have arisen amid protest-related cases, but there are mechanisms in place to handle complaints. If people keep politics out of the courtroom, concerns about the independence of Hong Kong’s judiciary will diminish.

Heed the chief justice’s words to ease fears over Hong Kong’s judiciary
Opinion | Will the national security law provoke an exodus of foreign judges from Hong Kong?

The resignation of an Australian non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal has sparked fears that other senior judges from overseas could follow suit. Were this to happen, the court could draw on a list of retired Hong Kong judges.

23 Sep 2020 - 6:20AM

The resignation of an Australian non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal has sparked fears that other senior judges from overseas could follow suit. Were this to happen, the court could draw on a list of retired Hong Kong judges.

Will the national security law provoke an exodus of foreign judges from Hong Kong?
Opinion | Why Hong Kong’s new national security law includes mandatory minimum sentences

The introduction of minimum sentences for some offences under the national security law is unusual for Hong Kong, although these provisions exist in other jurisdictions for their deterrent effect.

8 Jul 2020 - 6:11AM

The introduction of minimum sentences for some offences under the national security law is unusual for Hong Kong, although these provisions exist in other jurisdictions for their deterrent effect.

Why Hong Kong’s new national security law includes mandatory minimum sentences
Opinion | If Hong Kong had enacted national security laws on its own, Beijing wouldn’t be stepping in

Beijing trusted Hong Kong to implement Article 23, but its trust was misplaced. It isn’t fair to accuse the central government of failing to comply with the mini-constitution when Hong Kong itself has not fulfilled its obligations.

29 May 2020 - 6:56AM

Beijing trusted Hong Kong to implement Article 23, but its trust was misplaced. It isn’t fair to accuse the central government of failing to comply with the mini-constitution when Hong Kong itself has not fulfilled its obligations.

If Hong Kong had enacted national security laws on its own, Beijing wouldn’t be stepping in
Opinion | Post-Brexit Britain free to pursue global vision, strike trade deals with the world, and usher in golden era with China

Britain has unique advantages, such as the London financial centre and a queen who is head of state in 15 countries, and is China’s natural trading partner. Free of the EU, Britain is ready to take full advantage of its trading opportunities.

31 Jan 2020 - 11:00AM

Britain has unique advantages, such as the London financial centre and a queen who is head of state in 15 countries, and is China’s natural trading partner. Free of the EU, Britain is ready to take full advantage of its trading opportunities.

Post-Brexit Britain free to pursue global vision, strike trade deals with the world, and usher in golden era with China
Opinion | How a Hong Kong divided by protests can do better by its children in 2020

Cases of bullying and peer pressure have taken on added complexity during the protests. Hong Kong’s Commission on Children should take a stand on abuse of children by their parents, on cyberbullying and on bullying in school.

25 Dec 2019 - 7:00AM

Cases of bullying and peer pressure have taken on added complexity during the protests. Hong Kong’s Commission on Children should take a stand on abuse of children by their parents, on cyberbullying and on bullying in school.

How a Hong Kong divided by protests can do better by its children in 2020
Opinion | Hong Kong protests: calls for an amnesty or a pardon for those convicted must be resisted

Apart from the potential backlash and waste of courts’ time and money, granting a pardon or amnesty to those convicted of protest-related crimes would constitute a manipulation of procedure and hurt the integrity of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system.

11 Nov 2019 - 12:16PM

Apart from the potential backlash and waste of courts’ time and money, granting a pardon or amnesty to those convicted of protest-related crimes would constitute a manipulation of procedure and hurt the integrity of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system.

Hong Kong protests: calls for an amnesty or a pardon for those convicted must be resisted
Opinion | Hong Kong’s violent protesters should face the full force of the law – being young is no excuse

By attacking police and civilians, and destroying MTR stations and shops, these criminals have declared war on society. Courts have a duty to respond with stiff sentences as appropriate punishment and as a deterrent to others.

23 Oct 2019 - 7:40PM

By attacking police and civilians, and destroying MTR stations and shops, these criminals have declared war on society. Courts have a duty to respond with stiff sentences as appropriate punishment and as a deterrent to others.

Hong Kong’s violent protesters should face the full force of the law – being young is no excuse
Opinion | Carrie Lam must stand her ground against the fanatics who have hijacked the protests

Hong Kong’s chief executive must resist the unreasonable demands of the protest movement, which has been taken over by fanatics, support the restoration of law and order, and continue the work of providing jobs, housing and welfare.

23 Aug 2019 - 6:59AM

Hong Kong’s chief executive must resist the unreasonable demands of the protest movement, which has been taken over by fanatics, support the restoration of law and order, and continue the work of providing jobs, housing and welfare.

Carrie Lam must stand her ground against the fanatics who have hijacked the protests
Opinion | ‘One country, two systems’ is under attack, and Hong Kong must uphold the rule of law more than ever

The activists who broke into Legco showed their true colours when they tore up copies of the Basic Law, the document that guarantees Hong Kong’s way of life. They also damaged the credibility of the pan-democrats who incited the protests.

11 Jul 2019 - 6:43AM

The activists who broke into Legco showed their true colours when they tore up copies of the Basic Law, the document that guarantees Hong Kong’s way of life. They also damaged the credibility of the pan-democrats who incited the protests.

‘One country, two systems’ is under attack, and Hong Kong must uphold the rule of law more than ever
Opinion | If Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters want to defend the rule of law, they must also be prepared to face it

Attacking officers and refusing to let those inside the police headquarters leave are criminal acts, while besieging government offices to force the chief executive to interfere in prosecution decisions could be seen as an attempt to pervert justice.

26 Jun 2019 - 8:41PM

Attacking officers and refusing to let those inside the police headquarters leave are criminal acts, while besieging government offices to force the chief executive to interfere in prosecution decisions could be seen as an attempt to pervert justice.

If Hong Kong’s extradition bill protesters want to defend the rule of law, they must also be prepared to face it
Opinion | Opponents to Hong Kong’s extradition bill are blind to progress in China’s legal system

The legal amendments will enable an arrangement for fugitive transfer with the mainland not unlike those it already has in place with other countries. Critics fail to see the improvements over the years to China’s judicial processes.

9 May 2019 - 9:00AM

The legal amendments will enable an arrangement for fugitive transfer with the mainland not unlike those it already has in place with other countries. Critics fail to see the improvements over the years to China’s judicial processes.

Opponents to Hong Kong’s extradition bill are blind to progress in China’s legal system
Opinion | Spanking should have no place in Hong Kong homes so our children can feel safe and thrive

With the Social Welfare Department reporting that the number of child abuse cases reached a 14-year high in 2018, Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must take the lead in convincing the government that corporal punishment should be abolished.

29 Apr 2019 - 7:00AM

With the Social Welfare Department reporting that the number of child abuse cases reached a 14-year high in 2018, Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must take the lead in convincing the government that corporal punishment should be abolished.

Spanking should have no place in Hong Kong homes so our children can feel safe and thrive
Opinion | Foreign countries have returned fugitives to China, so why won’t Hong Kong?

Since reunification, Hong Kong has secured the return of an estimated 200 criminal suspects from the mainland, but not reciprocated. Criminal suspects should not be allowed to evade justice by moving from one part of the country to another.

15 Mar 2019 - 12:30PM

Since reunification, Hong Kong has secured the return of an estimated 200 criminal suspects from the mainland, but not reciprocated. Criminal suspects should not be allowed to evade justice by moving from one part of the country to another.

Foreign countries have returned fugitives to China, so why won’t Hong Kong?
Opinion | Teresa Cheng should have sought independent counsel for CY Leung’s case – that she didn’t is worrisome

Policy and precedent are clear: the Justice Department should have sought an outside opinion, and Teresa Cheng’s answer for why they didn’t suggests she’s uniformed.

2 Jan 2019 - 8:09AM

Policy and precedent are clear: the Justice Department should have sought an outside opinion, and Teresa Cheng’s answer for why they didn’t suggests she’s uniformed.

Teresa Cheng should have sought independent counsel for CY Leung’s case – that she didn’t is worrisome
Opinion | 2019 is the year Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must show its worth

Hong Kong lags behind in protecting children from abuse and violence and so far the commission has been rather quiet.

22 Dec 2018 - 6:57PM

Hong Kong lags behind in protecting children from abuse and violence and so far the commission has been rather quiet.

2019 is the year Hong Kong’s Commission on Children must show its worth
Opinion | How a people’s jury system is helping Chinese courts to open up as part of vital judicial reforms

The recent case of a man who languished in prison for a murder he did not commit is but another miscarriage of justice in China. However, two recent reforms to Chinese law should help prevent such cases.

21 Nov 2018 - 7:20PM

The recent case of a man who languished in prison for a murder he did not commit is but another miscarriage of justice in China. However, two recent reforms to Chinese law should help prevent such cases.

How a people’s jury system is helping Chinese courts to open up as part of vital judicial reforms
Opinion | Hong Kong’s Basic Law enshrines legal representation for all, even separatists

The Justice Department should protect the integrity of the legal system by making clear that lawyers representing the Hong Kong National Party’s founders won’t face prosecution.

30 Oct 2018 - 5:58AM

The Justice Department should protect the integrity of the legal system by making clear that lawyers representing the Hong Kong National Party’s founders won’t face prosecution.

Hong Kong’s Basic Law enshrines legal representation for all, even separatists
How a post-Brexit Britain can chart an independent future, free of the burdens of the EU

Contrary to the arguments of remainers, the UK can create new trading arrangements around the world, from China to the US and the Commonwealth

9 Jul 2018 - 3:03PM

Contrary to the arguments of remainers, the UK can create new trading arrangements around the world, from China to the US and the Commonwealth

How a post-Brexit Britain can chart an independent future, free of the burdens of the EU
Protecting child rights in Hong Kong will take more than an official commission

The effectiveness of Hong Kong’s new Commission on Children will depend on its non-official members, especially the younger ones, making their voices heard.

15 Jun 2018 - 5:55PM

The effectiveness of Hong Kong’s new Commission on Children will depend on its non-official members, especially the younger ones, making their voices heard.

Protecting child rights in Hong Kong will take more than an official commission
Foreign judges can help Hong Kong plug its gaps and ensure speedier trials

The appointment of two exemplary jurists to the Court of Final Appeal as non-permanent members shows the role foreign judges can play in helping to tackle the workload, at least until longer-term reform bears fruit.

6 Apr 2018 - 5:43PM

The appointment of two exemplary jurists to the Court of Final Appeal as non-permanent members shows the role foreign judges can play in helping to tackle the workload, at least until longer-term reform bears fruit.

Foreign judges can help Hong Kong plug its gaps and ensure speedier trials
Cryptocurrency dangers lurk for investors and governments
Are Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system honest? You be the judge

Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system while in the US took advantage of her audience’s ignorance and her host’s anti-Chinese sentiments, and impugned the reputation of our legal professionals.

22 Feb 2018 - 11:26AM

Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system while in the US took advantage of her audience’s ignorance and her host’s anti-Chinese sentiments, and impugned the reputation of our legal professionals.

Are Anson Chan’s criticisms of Hong Kong’s legal system honest? You be the judge
Hong Kong human rights are not ‘under fire’, despite what an outrageous report claims

The Hong Kong legal system is made up of highly professional and independent staff, despite the claims of a Hong Kong Watch report, and it is Hong Kong Watch’s impartiality that should be questioned.

25 Jan 2018 - 12:00PM

The Hong Kong legal system is made up of highly professional and independent staff, despite the claims of a Hong Kong Watch report, and it is Hong Kong Watch’s impartiality that should be questioned.

Hong Kong human rights are not ‘under fire’, despite what an outrageous report claims
Don’t rush to judge Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng over her illegal structures scandal

Previous ministers have been able to serve after illegal structures scandals and all evidence must be considered before Teresa Cheng faces charges or is forced to resign.

23 Jan 2018 - 12:39PM

Previous ministers have been able to serve after illegal structures scandals and all evidence must be considered before Teresa Cheng faces charges or is forced to resign.

Don’t rush to judge Hong Kong justice chief Teresa Cheng over her illegal structures scandal
Britain’s post-Brexit future looks bright – forget what the pessimists say