Michael C. Davis
Carrie Lam’s stance on the separation of powers in Hong Kong is self-contradictory
- In acknowledging the division of labour between branches of government, with checks and balances among them, Lam has defined Hong Kong’s separation of powers
- Checks on executive power by Legco have been degraded by the manipulation of the political structure, with the judiciary now primarily performing this role
Michael C. Davis is professor of law and international affairs at the O.P. Jindal Global University in India and a resident fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington, DC. A professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he continues as a non-resident senior fellow in the university’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law.