Why Beijing must respect Hong Kong courts’ interpretation of national security law
- It is neither practical nor necessary to obtain expert evidence or an 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
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.