Ultimately, laws cannot be imposed on a society that are not in tune with its fundamental values and unwritten rules. Hong Kong people queue up and support freedom of speech because they have been schooled in it and not because of some foreign judges sitting in the Court of Final Appeal. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong’s rule of law depends on people’s values, not foreign judges

N. Balakrishnan says the presence of foreign judges is not the critical factor shaping the city’s judicial independence, as some have argued, and no judicial system is entirely oppressive because of some quirks

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Ultimately, laws cannot be imposed on a society that are not in tune with its fundamental values and unwritten rules. Hong Kong people queue up and support freedom of speech because they have been schooled in it and not because of some foreign judges sitting in the Court of Final Appeal. Photo: AFP
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