Burying the Joint Declaration: Beijing's International Law Reaction to the Umbrella Movement

9 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2014 Last revised: 29 Dec 2014

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Alvin Cheung

New York University (NYU) - US-Asia Law Institute; McGill University Faculty of law; New York University School of Law

Date Written: December 27, 2014

Abstract

After more than ten weeks, the last of the protest encampments of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement has been dismantled. Yet the international law dispute linked to Hong Kong’s political crisis has shown no signs of abating. At the heart of the dispute is the interpretation and effect of the Sino-British Joint Declaration 1984 (Joint Declaration), which governed Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997. Although Chinese and Hong Kong officials have belatedly begun to engage with the Joint Declaration, they have shown a remarkable lack of sophistication in doing so.

Keywords: China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Joint Declaration, Sino-British Joint Declaration, international law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Cheung, Alvin, Burying the Joint Declaration: Beijing's International Law Reaction to the Umbrella Movement (December 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2540710 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2540710

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