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  • Symposium on Constitutional Struggles in Asia: Introduction

    [Editor’s Note: In light of recent constitutional (or some may say, unconstitutional) developments, I-CONnect is pleased to feature this timely symposium examining constitutional struggles in Asia. This introduction will be followed by five posts exploring and contextualizing constitutional struggles in five countries in Asia.]

  • Constitutional “Vaccination”: China’s National Security Law-Making for Hong Kong

    —P. Y. Lo, LLB (Lond.), PhD (HKU), Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong A cartoon appeared in the US press several months ago, probably before COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic, with this caption: ‘That’s odd: My Facebook friends who were constitutional scholars just a month ago are now infectious disease experts …’.

  • Virtual Bookshelf: A Review of “Constitutional Dialogue in Common Law Asia” by Po Jen Yap

    —Richard Albert, The University of Texas at Austin The concept of constitutional “dialogue” has become prevalent in public law scholarship. The term is commonly used to describe one particular form of interaction between courts and legislatures in connection with the interpretation of constitutional rights–an interaction characterized by a judicial-legislative exchange on the proper outcome rather than by immediate judicial finality on the meaning of the constitution.

  • Back to the Legal Basics: A Note at the Anniversary of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement

    —Dr. P.Y. Lo, Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong; Part-time tutor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong The Umbrella Movement erupted in Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic China (PRC), on 28 September 2014 when protestors began to occupy major thoroughfares in mainly three busy business and commercial districts in Hong Kong after the police failed to disperse them using CS gas and pepper spray.

  • 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.

  • Video Interview: Democratic Reform in Hong Kong Featuring Cora Chan

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School In this installment of our new video interview series at I-CONnect, I interview Cora Chan on the subject of democratic reform in Hong Kong. In the interview, we discuss recent developments in Hong Kong, the impetus for the current protests in Hong Kong, the constitutional relationship between Hong Kong and China, and the prospect for democratic reform in the region.

  • 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]

  • China’s White Paper on Implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” Policy in Hong Kong: A Preliminary Reading

    P.Y. Lo, Barrister-at-law, Gilt Chambers, Hong Kong; Part-time tutor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong On June 10, 2014, the Information Centre of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued a White Paper to set out in a formal document the Central Authorities’ comprehensive and correct understanding of the policy of “One Country, Two Systems” and the implementation of this policy in Hong Kong, one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China that implements this policy.[1]

  • Whose “Constitutional Moment” is it Anyway? A Response to Professor Chen on Electoral Reform in Hong Kong

    —Alyssa S. King, lawyer in New York and 2012 graduate of Yale Law School, and Alvin Y. H. Cheung, New York University School of Law* As the controversy over Hong Kong’s Chief Executive electoral reforms for 2017 rages on, it is vital not to lose sight of the parameters of the debate.[i]