Interpreting Hong Kong’s Basic Law: The Struggle for Coherence

The Struggle for Coherence

  • Editors
  • Hualing Fu
  • Lison Harris
  • Simon N. M. Young

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction Interpreting Hong Kong’s Basic Law

    1. Hualing Fu, Lison Harris, Simon N. M. Young
      Pages 1-11
  3. Interpreting Hong Kong’s Basic Law

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Carole J. Petersen
      Pages 33-53
    3. Robert J. Morris
      Pages 97-111
  4. Crossing the Border

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Yash Ghai
      Pages 115-142
    3. Lin Feng, P. Y. Lo
      Pages 143-155
    4. P. Y. Lo
      Pages 157-181
  5. Legislative Interpretation and the PRC Constitution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Hualing Fu, D. W. Choy
      Pages 201-227
    3. Lison Harris
      Pages 243-257
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-265

About this book


On July 1, 2007, Hong Kong celebrated its tenth anniversary as a special administrative region of China. It also marked the first decade of its unique constitutional order in which Hong Kong courts continue to apply and develop the common law but the power of final interpretation of the constitution lies with the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. This book is a collection of chapters by leading constitutional law experts in Hong Kong who examine the interpretive issues and conflicts which have arisen since 1997. Intervention by China in constitutional interpretation has been restrained but each intervention has had significant political and jurisprudential impact. The authors give varied assessments of the struggle for interpretive coherence in the coming decade.


China coherence constitution constitutional law development human rights politics Shadow

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