A statue of Lady Justice sits on top of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong on April 15. Photo: EPA-EFE
How the national security law strikes at the heart of Hong Kong’s judicial independence
Official assurances of judicial independence ring hollow when the chief executive and justice secretary have overlapping and conflicting roles in the designation of a pool of judges and prosecution of national security cases
Michael Blanchflower is a former assistant solicitor general of Hong Kong (1991-1993) who specialises in criminal law and human rights law. He has considerable experience in trials and appeals in the courts of Hong Kong. He has been counsel in appeals in the Court of Final Appeal, Privy Council and Supreme Court of Canada, and has lectured professionals and presented papers in Hong Kong and overseas on proceeds of crime, organised crime, extradition and mutual legal assistance.