Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: China

  • A Spectre Resurfaces: Chinese National Security Legislation and Hong Kong

    —Alvin Y.H. Cheung, Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, NYU School of Law National security legislation has been a “third rail” of Hong Kong politics since 500,000 people marched in protest against the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill on July 1, 2003 – ultimately forcing then-Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa to resign. 

  • The Top Constitutional Events Of 2014

      2014 was a landmark year for governments around the world. Here are some of the most important constitutional events of the past twelve months, brought to you by the Comparative Constitutions Project and Constitute.   Jan|Feb|Mar|May|Jun|Sept|Oct|Nov|Dec     January: Egypt Holds Constitutional Referendum On January 24, 2014, poll results showed that Egyptian voters approved a constitutional referendum by over 98 percent.

  • Why Hong Kong’s Lawyers Marched

    –Alyssa S. King and Alvin Y. H. Cheung On June 27, 2014, up to 1,800 of Hong Kong’s legal professionals, including barristers, who litigate in the courts, and solicitors, who handle all lay client-facing work, marched in silence across the city’s center – for the third time since China resumed sovereignty in 1997[i] – in opposition to a recent white paper published by the State Council (“the White Paper”).[ii]

  • Squaring the “Universal Suffrage” Circle in Hong Kong’s Transition to Democracy Under the Guidance of China

    —P.Y. Lo, Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong; Part-time tutor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a transitional democracy in the sense that its constitutional instrument, the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (the Basic Law) [1], provides for the fast track amendment of its provisions for the selection of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive (i.e.

  • The Constitutionalism Debate in China

    —Rogier Creemers, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies & St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford Cross-posted from the Blog of the UK Constitutional Law Group Over the past few months, a heated debate about the role of the Constitution in Chinese political life has emerged.

  • Hong Kong’s Two Constitutional “Outsiders”

    –Dr. P. Y. Lo, Visiting Fellow, Centre of Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Rosalind Dixon and Vicki Jackson’s upcoming article (available here and reviewed on this blog on 4 November 2012 here) on the phenomenon of “extraterritorial” actors interpreting a country’s constitution in the course of conducting international affairs or intervening in the deliberations of domestic institutions involving the interpretation of that country’s constitution rings different bells in Hong Kong.