Vision 2030 for Rule of Law

Background

In 2015, all members of the United Nations have adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Agenda), a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 goals under the Agenda are interconnected, with the rule of law being a pillar for its successful implementation. Goal 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Against the above background, DoJ has decided to formulate a new initiative, Vision 2030 for Rule of Law (Vision 2030). This initiative seeks to promote the proper understanding and recognition of the rule of law by studying its various elements through research, stakeholders’ collaboration and capacity building, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of inclusive and fair societies at both the local and international levels.

For more details about the work undertaken under Vision 2030, please visit Vision 2030’s website.

High Level Policy Support

In the 2019 Policy Address (Supplement), the Chief Executive supported the launch of Vision 2030, a visionary initiative which spans over ten years for the promotion and education of the rule of law. At the ceremonial opening of the Legal Year on 13 January 2020, the Secretary for Justice announced that DoJ will launch a ten-year project entitled “Vision 2030 for Rule of Law”. In the 2020-21 Budget, the Financial Secretary also earmarked about HK$450 million for DoJ to implement Vision 2030, which is a ten-year initiative intended to cover the necessary human resources and other operational expenses.

Task Force on Vision 2030 for Rule of Law

A Task Force on Vision 2030 (“Task Force”) with memberships of local and international renowned experts has been set up to advise the Government on its proposal to achieving the intended policy objective.

On 26 May 2022, the “Vision 2030 Task Force Report” was officially launched during the Vision 2030 for Rule of Law International Symposium.

Roadmap of Vision 2030 for Rule of Law

Vison 2030 comprises short, medium and long term targets.
Subject to the steer of the Task Force, short term targets of Vision 2030 include:-

  1. strengthening the community’s understanding and practice of the rule of law through promotion, education and capacity building;
  2. conducting research and collating relevant data relevant to rule of law;
  3. fostering collaboration with local and international stakeholders and co-organising events to promote and advance the rule of law; and
  4. keeping abreast of international and regional development in the rule of law.

Collaboration with the Chinese Institute of Hong Kong in Rule of Law Research

To take forward Vision 2030, on 11 May 2022, a framework arrangement for collaboration was signed between the DoJ and the Chinese Institute of Hong Kong, being authorised by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Under the arrangement, both sides will strive to strengthen, encourage and promote exchanges and co-operation in the area of rule of law research. The Chinese Institute of Hong Kong will also conduct dedicated studies on issues related to the rule of law and the building of a rule of law database with objective data. Under the co-ordination of the DoJ and the Chinese Institute of Hong Kong, the CASS may collaborate with relevant experts in areas such as academic research. The conclusion of the framework arrangement will be conducive to understanding the practice of rule of law based on analysis of objective data.