Simon Young

Simon Young

Professor Simon Young is associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Law and a practising Hong Kong barrister. He teaches criminal law and evidence in the Faculty's J.D. programme and a LL.M. course on human rights in the criminal process. He is known internationally for his scholarship on the Hong Kong political and legal systems, and the forfeiture of proceeds of crime.

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Opinion | Hong Kong protests: show arrested youth some mercy, to begin the healing process in society

Greater discretion by police and prosecutors towards those arrested – whether they are under or over 18 – would be a significant step to rebuilding trust and harmony especially as the underlying causes of the unrest remain unaddressed.

Greater discretion by police and prosecutors towards those arrested – whether they are under or over 18 – would be a significant step to rebuilding trust and harmony especially as the underlying causes of the unrest remain unaddressed.

Hong Kong protests: show arrested youth some mercy, to begin the healing process in society
2 Dec 2020 - 9:25AM
Opinion | Why Beijing must respect Hong Kong courts’ interpretation of national security law

It is neither practical nor necessary to obtain expert evidence or a NPC Standing Committee interpretation each time an ambiguity arises in a national security case. Respect for Hong Kong’s authority to discharge its duties under the new law requires the NPC exercise restraint in its power of interpretation.

It is neither practical nor necessary to obtain expert evidence or a NPC Standing Committee interpretation each time an ambiguity arises in a national security case. Respect for Hong Kong’s authority to discharge its duties under the new law requires the NPC exercise restraint in its power of interpretation.

Why Beijing must respect Hong Kong courts’ interpretation of national security law
8 Jul 2020 - 9:49AM
How Hong Kong’s Basic Law can serve the interests of all China
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Landmark UK ruling is not a ‘get out of jail’ card for Hong Kong felons
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Lee Bo’s case highlights grey areas in Hong Kong’s Basic Law on cross-border criminal investigations
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Do you have a criminal record? Scheme set in law needed to ensure certainty in Hong Kong
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Is cooperation possible between Hong Kong's legislature and executive?
5 Oct 2015 - 5:41PM
Upholding rule of law: abuse of defendants no longer 'part of the job'
22 Sep 2015 - 12:00AM
Review of Hong Kong's outdated English criminal law is long overdue
30 Jun 2015 - 3:37AM
Hong Kong's pan-democrats should seek an increase in the number of chief executive election candidates
29 Apr 2015 - 5:22PM
Should Hong Kong abolish the offence of scandalising the judiciary?
28 Apr 2015 - 10:00PM
Getting serious about a suspect's right to timely protection

Everyone in Hong Kong has a constitutional right to a "choice of lawyers for timely protection of their lawful rights and interests" (Basic Law, Article 35).

Everyone in Hong Kong has a constitutional right to a "choice of lawyers for timely protection of their lawful rights and interests" (Basic Law, Article 35).

Getting serious about a suspect's right to timely protection
17 Feb 2015 - 4:36AM
Pan-democrats must seek talks, as a veto is likely to serve Beijing's interests most
15 Jan 2015 - 6:00PM
Looking back at top criminal law decisions of the year in Hong Kong

As we round out the year, I'd like to reflect on what in my view are the five most important criminal law decisions from our higher courts this year.

As we round out the year, I'd like to reflect on what in my view are the five most important criminal law decisions from our higher courts this year.

Looking back at top criminal law decisions of the year in Hong Kong
23 Dec 2014 - 4:42AM
Protesters' prosecutions call for a sensible approach

More than 320 people have been arrested over the Occupy Central protests. In theory, thousands may be liable to prosecution. How should the Department of Justice handle potential prosecutions?

More than 320 people have been arrested over the Occupy Central protests. In theory, thousands may be liable to prosecution. How should the Department of Justice handle potential prosecutions?

Protesters' prosecutions call for a sensible approach
11 Nov 2014 - 5:16PM
Police watchdog facing challenges

For 37 years, the city has had a two-tier system to treat police complaints. One tier handles the complaint; the other has oversight of the handling of the complaint.

For 37 years, the city has had a two-tier system to treat police complaints. One tier handles the complaint; the other has oversight of the handling of the complaint.

Police watchdog facing challenges
16 Sep 2014 - 4:36AM
Faced with Beijing's political reform decision, pragmatism must guide legislators

One cannot but be left feeling shocked, disappointed and cheated by the National People's Congress Standing Committee's decision on universal suffrage.

One cannot but be left feeling shocked, disappointed and cheated by the National People's Congress Standing Committee's decision on universal suffrage.

Faced with Beijing's political reform decision, pragmatism must guide legislators
2 Sep 2014 - 8:29AM
Selective report on electoral reform consultation further divides Hong Kong

In preparing its two recent political reform reports, the Hong Kong administration's strategy was to avoid provocative statements and appear neutral and open. Notice no references to the State Council's recent white paper.

In preparing its two recent political reform reports, the Hong Kong administration's strategy was to avoid provocative statements and appear neutral and open. Notice no references to the State Council's recent white paper.

Selective report on electoral reform consultation further divides Hong Kong
19 Jul 2014 - 3:05AM
'Occupy has nothing to fear from anti-terror law'

In a China Daily editorial published earlier this year, the Occupy Central campaign was labelled "a kind of terrorism". Is this characterisation correct under Hong Kong law?

In a China Daily editorial published earlier this year, the Occupy Central campaign was labelled "a kind of terrorism". Is this characterisation correct under Hong Kong law?

'Occupy has nothing to fear from anti-terror law'
1 Jul 2014 - 3:54AM
White paper fails with its lopsided view of 'one country, two systems'

By running the State Council's recent white paper through anti-plagiarism software, one finds a similarity index of appropriately 29 per cent. This means that close to a third of the text (albeit mostly in small chunks) can be found in sources already in the software's database.

By running the State Council's recent white paper through anti-plagiarism software, one finds a similarity index of appropriately 29 per cent. This means that close to a third of the text (albeit mostly in small chunks) can be found in sources already in the software's database.

White paper fails with its lopsided view of 'one country, two systems'
18 Jun 2014 - 2:19AM
Hong Kong's prison system designed to deter blatant corruption

Recent articles in this paper (February 17) have been critical of corruption in the mainland parole system.

Recent articles in this paper (February 17) have been critical of corruption in the mainland parole system.

Hong Kong's prison system designed to deter blatant corruption
13 May 2014 - 3:51AM
Restrictions may violate the rights of the vulnerable
18 Mar 2014 - 3:15AM
Is our expectation of privacy being diminished?
3 Dec 2013 - 5:05AM
Top court convicts lawyers; so why the recent acquittals?
22 Oct 2013 - 4:32AM
Open to abuse
2 Aug 2011 - 12:00AM
Time to resume Article 23 debate
21 Jul 2004 - 12:00AM
Room for manoeuvre in the existing system
1 Nov 2005 - 12:00AM
Less is more
9 Jul 2003 - 12:00AM
The case of the fingerprint in the switch room
28 May 2013 - 3:20AM
Is lack of legal aid inhibiting delivery of effective justice?
10 Sep 2013 - 4:10AM