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Judicial Backsliding in Russia
September 30, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests that this reputation is not completely justified. Th....... [more]

Hong Kong police arrest pro-democracy protestors
September 28, 2014
The Hong Kong police department on Friday cleared the main government compound of pro-democracy supporters who occupied the area in protest. It is reported that supporters were subdued with pepper spray and 60 arrests were made. The pro-democracy protesters and supporters are a part of an movement t....... [more]

China authorities detain writer for articles critical of senior official
September 15, 2014
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, was detained by Chinese authorities Sunday morning for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the 81-year-old writer was "crim....... [more]

China executive permitted to sue Google over autocomplete search terms
August 8, 2014
A Hong Kong court has ruled that Chinese businessman Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Shing, chairman of the Emperor Group conglomerate, may continue his defamation suit against Google over the autocomplete function of the company's search engine which suggests links connecting Yeung to organized crime groups....... [more]

PRISM Timeline
July 21, 2013
7/16/2013: Nineteen organizations file suit against the NSA for violation of their First Amendment right of association. 6/23/2013: Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow after Hong Kong denies a US request for extradition. 6/21/2013: Edward Snowden is charged with espionage in the US 6/11/20....... [more]

Hong Kong high court rules transgender woman can marry
May 13, 2013
Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal ruled Monday that a law prohibiting a transgender woman from marrying her boyfriend was invalid under the Chinese constitution. The law had been interpreted to hold that only a person's gender at birth could be considered for the purposes of marriage, which is restr....... [more]

Hong Kong court hears challenge to leader's election
August 15, 2012
A court in Hong Kong has begun the hearing challenging the election of Hong Kong's new leader Leung Chun-ying. Chairman of the Chinese Democratic Party Albert Ho filed two separate lawsuits last month seeking to overturn the election results, claiming that Leung made false and misleading statement....... [more]

Federal court grants emergency order freezing trader assets in SEC case
July 29, 2012
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted an emergency order Friday freezing the assets of traders operating in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is accusing the brokers of insider trading related to the July 23 acquisition of Cana....... [more]

Hong Kong court allows lawsuit against Deutsche Bank to proceed
July 16, 2012
A Hong Kong judge on Monday ruled against Deutsche Bank AG on a motion to dismiss a developer's rental fraud lawsuit. Judge A.T. Reyes for the Court of First Instance of the High Court held that the claims brought by the developer Tin Lik should be resolved at trial. Lik claims that during his sale....... [more]

Chinese lawmaker challenges Hong Kong election results
July 6, 2012
Chairman of the Chinese Democratic Party Albert Ho on Thursday challenged the election of Hong Kong's new leader Leung Chun-ying. Ho filed two separate lawsuits seeking to overturn the election results, claiming that Leung made false and misleading statements during the election. Leung, a land sur....... [more]

Hong Kong court ruled inmates have constitutional right to vote
December 8, 2011
On December 8, 2008, the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong ruled that prison inmates have a constitutional right to vote pursuant to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Specifically, the court referenced Article 21 of the UDHR, which states that the people's wil....... [more]


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