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How Hong Kong’s Basic Law can serve the interests of all China
Landmark UK ruling is not a ‘get out of jail’ card for Hong Kong felons
Lee Bo’s case highlights grey areas in Hong Kong’s Basic Law on cross-border criminal investigations
Do you have a criminal record? Scheme set in law needed to ensure certainty in Hong Kong
Is cooperation possible between Hong Kong's legislature and executive?
Upholding rule of law: abuse of defendants no longer 'part of the job'
Review of Hong Kong's outdated English criminal law is long overdue
Hong Kong's pan-democrats should seek an increase in the number of chief executive election candidates
Should Hong Kong abolish the offence of scandalising the judiciary?
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).

17 Feb 2015 - 4:36AM

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
Pan-democrats must seek talks, as a veto is likely to serve Beijing's interests most
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.

23 Dec 2014 - 4:42AM

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
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?

11 Nov 2014 - 5:16PM

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
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.

16 Sep 2014 - 4:36AM

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
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.

2 Sep 2014 - 8:29AM

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
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.

19 Jul 2014 - 3:05AM

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
'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?

1 Jul 2014 - 3:54AM

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'
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.

18 Jun 2014 - 2:19AM

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'
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.

13 May 2014 - 3:51AM

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
Restrictions may violate the rights of the vulnerable
Is our expectation of privacy being diminished?
Top court convicts lawyers; so why the recent acquittals?
Time to resume Article 23 debate
Less is more
9 Jul 2003 - 12:00AM
Less is more
Room for manoeuvre in the existing system
The case of the fingerprint in the switch room
The dysfunctional constituencies
Is lack of legal aid inhibiting delivery of effective justice?
Reporting crime: how much can be told before trial?