Basic Law Bulletin

The Basic Law Bulletin is published jointly by the Department of Justice, the Civil Service Bureau and the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau. It is published in support of the work of the Basic Law Promotion Steering Committee. Its primary aim is to promote greater awareness and knowledge of the Basic Law within the civil service. It summarizes recent Basic Law court cases and decisions of the LegCo President on Members' bills under Rule 51(3) and (4) of the LegCo Rules of Procedure. It also introduces key provisions and concepts of the Basic Law.

Basic Law Bulletin issue 1

Issue No 1 (March 2001)

The Focus: Bills Introduced by Members of the Legislative Council

Judgment Update:

1. Commissioner of Rating and Valuation v Agrila Limited & 58 Others (CFA, March 2001)
2. Chan Shu Ying v The Chief Executive of the HKSAR (CFI, February 2001)
3. Secretary for Justice & Others v Chan Wah, Tse Kwan Sang & Others (CFA, December 2000)
4. Ng Siu Tung & Others v The Director of Immigration (CA, December 2000)

And more ...

Basic Law Bulletin issue 2

Issue No 2 (September 2001)

The Focus: High Degree of Autonomy - The Demarcation Issues between the Central Authorities and the HKSAR

Judgment Update:

1. The Director of Immigration v Master Chong Fung Yuen (CFA, July 2001)
2. Tam Nga Yin, Chan Wai Wah, Xie Xiaoyi v The Director of Immigration (CFA, July 2001)
3. Fateh Muhammad v Commissioner of Registration & The Registration of Persons Tribunal (CFA, July 2001)

And more ...

Basic Law Bulletin issue 3

Issue No 3 (April 2002)

The Focus: The Basic Law as the Interface between the HKSAR and the Mainland Legal Systems

Judgment Update:

1. Ng Siu Tung & Others v The Director of Immigration, Li Shuk Fan v The Director of Immigration, Sin Hoi Chu & Others v The Director of Immigration (CFA, January 2002)
2. Re Cheng Kai Nam Gary (CFI, December 2001)

And more ...

Basic Law Bulletin issue 4

Issue No 4 (December 2002)

The Focus: Protection of Hong Kong Residents' Fundamental Rights - A General Introduction to Chapter III of the Basic Law and Beyond

Judgment Update:

1. Gurung Kesh Bahadur v Director of Immigration (CFA, July 2002)
2. Lau Cheong & Another v HKSAR (CFA, July 2002)
3. HKSAR v Siu Yat Leung (CFI, April 2002)

And more ...

Basic Law Bulletin issue 5

Issue No 5 (December 2003)

The Focus: The Judicial System of the HKSAR - Continuity and Change

Judgment Update:

1. Kaisilk Development Limited v Urban Renewal Authority (CA, April 2003)
2. Yook Tong Electric Company Limited v Commissioner for Transport (CFI, February 2003)
3. Director of Lands v Yin Shuen Enterprises Limited & Nam Chun Investment Company Limited (CFA, January 2003)
4. Kowloon Poultry Laan Merchants Association v Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (CA, July 2002)
5. Prem Singh v Director of Immigration (CFA, February 2003)

And more ...

Basic Law Bulletin issue 6

Issue No 6 (September 2004)

The Focus:

1. Constitutional Review of Legislation
2. An Extract of the Speech of the Secretary for Justice on 'Understanding "One Country, Two Systems" through Hong Kong's Constitutional Development'

Judgment Update:

1. Ch'ng Poh v The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (CFI, December 2003)
2. A Solicitor v The Law Society of Hong Kong & Secretary for Justice (Intervener) (CFA, December 2003)
3. The Director of Immigration v Lau Fong (CFA, March 2004)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 7

Issue No 7 (March 2005)

The Focus:

1. Overview of the Implementation of the Basic Law in the HKSAR
2. External Affairs

Judgment Update:

1. Yau Kwong Man & Anor v Secretary for Security (CFI, September 2002)
2. New World Development Co Ltd & Others v Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd (CFI, May 2004)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 8

Issue No 8 (January 2006)

The Focus: The Right to Institute Legal Proceedings against the Executive Authorities in the Courts

Judgment Update:

1. Secretary for Justice v Lau Kwok Fai & Another (CFA, July 2005)
2. New World Development Company Limited & Others v The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (CFA, appeal to be heard in March 2006)
3. Leung Kwok Hung & Others v HKSAR (CFA, July 2005)
4. Yeung May Wan & Others v HKSAR (CFA, May 2005)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 9

Issue No 9 (December 2006)

The Focus: Judicial Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters between Hong Kong and the Mainland

Judgment Update:

1. HKSAR v Hung Chan Wa & Another (CFA, August 2006)
2. HKSAR v Lam Kwong Wai & Another (CFA, August 2006)
3. So Wai Lun v HKSAR (CFA, July 2006)
4. The Official Receiver and Trustee in Bankruptcy of Chan Wing Hing, a bankrupt and Lin Hai San, a bankrupt (CFA, July 2006)
5. Lam Yuk Fai, Steve v HKSAR (CFA, April 2006)
6. Koo Sze Yiu & Another v CE of HKSAR (CFA, July 2006)
7. The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited v New World Development Company Limited & Others (CFA, April 2006)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 10

Issue No 10 (December 2007)

The Focus: The Basic Law A Decade On: Implementation Challenges and Future Outlook

Judgment Update:

1. Leung v Secretary for Justice (CA, September 2006)
2. Re C (A Bankrupt) (CA, September 2006)
3. Weson Investment Limited v The Commissioner of Inland Revenue (CA, January 2007)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 11

Issue No 11 (November 2008)

The Focus: Prosecutorial Independence - Continuity and Development

Judgment Update:

1. Secretary of Justice v Yau Yuk Lung and Another (CFA, July 2007)
2. Koon Wing Yee v Insider Dealing Tribunal (CFA, March 2008)
3. A Solicitor (24/07) v Law Society of Hong Kong (CFA, March 2008)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 12

Issue No 12 (October 2009)

The Focus: Protection of Property Rights under BL 6 and BL 105

Judgment Update:

1. Lam Siu Po v Commissioner of Police (CFA, March 2009)
2. Yeung Chung Ming v Commissioner of Police (CFA, July 2008)
3. Chan Kin Sum v Secretary for Justice (CFI, December 2008)
4. Luk Ka Cheung v The Market Misconduct Tribunal & Anor (CFI, November 2008)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 13

Issue No 13 (December 2011)

The Focus: Constitutional Remedies under the Basic Law

Judgment Update:

1. Chiang Lily v Secretary for Justice (CFA, March 2010)
2. Lai Hay On v Commissioner of Rating and Valuation and Director of Lands (CA, March 2010)
3. Medical Council of Hong Kong v Helen Chan (CFA, May 2010)
4. Mok Charles Peter v Tam Wai Ho (CFA, December 2010)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 14

Issue No 14 (December 2012)

The Focus: Constitutional Development and Cases on Electoral Law

Judgment Update:

1. Democratic Republic of the Congo & Others v FG Hemisphere Associates LLC (CFA, June & September 2011)
2. The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong also known as The Bishop of The Roman Catholic Church in Hong Kong Incorporation v Secretary for Justice (CFA, October 2011)
3. Chan Yu Nam v Secretary for Justice & Lo Hom Chau v Secretary for Justice (CA, December 2010; CFA, January 2012)
4. Fok Chun Wa & Anor v Hospital Authority & Anor (CFA, April 2012)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 15
Issue No 15 (December 2013)

The Focus: The principle of proportionality and the concept of margin of appreciation in human rights law

Judgment Update:

1. Ubamaka Edward Wilson v Secretary for Security & Anor (CFA, December 2012)
2. C & Ors v Director of Immigration & Anor (CFA, March 2013)
3. Vallejos and Domingo v Commissioner of Registration (CFA, March 2013)
4. W v Registrar of Marriages (CFA, May 2013)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 16

Issue No 16 (December 2014)

The Focus: Independence of the judiciary

Judgment Update:

1. Re Ho Chun Yan Albert (CFA, July 2013)
2. Kong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare (CFA, December 2013)
3. GA & Ors v Director of Immigration (CFA, February 2014)
4. HKSAR v Chan Yau Hei (CFA, March 2014)
5. Leung Kwok Hung v The President of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region & Secretary for Justice (CFA, September 2014)

And more....

Basic Law Bulletin issue 17

Issue No 17 (December 2015)

The Focus: Application of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Hong Kong

Judgment Update:

1. T v Commissioner of Police (CFA, September 2014)
2. Gutierrez Joseph James, a Minor v Commissioner of Registration and Another (CFA, September 2014)
3. China International Fund Limited v Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (HK) Limited, and Secretary for Justice (Intervener) (CA, August 2015)

And more....

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