Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law (1st Edition)

Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law (Hong Kong University Press, 2013)

University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2013/046

16 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2014 Last revised: 11 Jun 2018

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Danny Gittings

University of Hong Kong, College of Humanities and Law, School of Professional and Continuing Education; The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2013

Abstract

Effective since China's resumption of sovereignty on 1 July 1997, the Hong Kong Basic Law lays down the general policies and system of government for Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" formula. It guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, enshrines the rights and freedoms of residents, and preserves a separate common law system with an independent judiciary.

This introduction traces the origins of the Hong Kong Basic Law and the concepts and legal issues that surround it. Drawing on the experience of the first 15 years, it then analyses the content of the Hong Kong Basic Law, especially in relation to Hong Kong's political system, the judiciary, and human rights. Intended especially for students at all levels in law, politics, and other disciplines, this book — the only introductory guide of its kind to the subject — will also appeal to the general reader interested in Hong Kong's experience under "one country, two systems".

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Hong Kong, Basic Law, Human Rights, Autonomy, One Country Two Systems

Suggested Citation

Gittings, Danny, Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law (1st Edition) (July 1, 2013). Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law (Hong Kong University Press, 2013); University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2013/046. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2379307

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