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Hong Kong: Court of Appeal Declines to Issue Sentencing Guidelines for Animal Cruelty Cases

(Apr. 30, 2019) In a judgment dated April 4, 2019, Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal turned down a Department of Justice prosecutor’s request to increase punishments for an animal abuser and declined to issue sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty cases. (Chris Lau, Punishment for Animal Abuse Should Not Be Strengthened Say Hong Kong Judges, As […]

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Monetary Authority Issues Circular on Cryptoassets

(Apr. 4, 2019) On March 18, 2019, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued a circular endorsing a statement on cryptoassets made by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). In the Circular, the HKMA asks banks planning to engage in activities relating to cryptoassets to discuss them with the HKMA and demonstrate that they […]

Hong Kong: Government Revises Immigration Policy to Grant Same-Sex Partners Dependent Visa

(Nov. 26, 2018) On September 18, 2018, the government of Hong Kong announced that its immigration policy on applications of nonlocal dependents to enter Hong Kong has been revised. As of September 19, 2018, “a person who has entered into a same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, ‘same-sex marriage’, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil […]

Hong Kong: Court of Final Appeal Grants Same-Sex Partners the Right to a Dependent Visa

(July 30, 2018) On July 4, 2018, Hong Kong’s highest court, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, issued a judgment that paves the way for the granting of dependent visas to same-sex partners. (Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, Press Summary: QT v. Director of Immigration, Hong Kong Judiciary Legal Reference website (last visited […]

China/Hong Kong/Macau: Penalization of Disrespect for National Anthem Under Tenth Criminal Code Amendment

(Nov. 8, 2017) On November 4, 2017, that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) adopted an amendment to the country’s Criminal Code to include criminal sanctions, including up to three years of imprisonment, for disrespecting the national anthem. (Amendment (10) to the Criminal Code of […]

ASEAN/Hong Kong: Negotiations Concluded on Free Trade and Investment Agreements

(Oct. 13, 2017) On September 9, 2017, Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced that they had concluded negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement. (Press Release, Hong Kong and ASEAN Conclude Free Trade Agreement Negotiations, Trade and Industry Department of the Government of the Hong Kong […]

Hong Kong: Draft Guidelines for Competition Ordinance Issued

(Oct. 31, 2014) Hong Kong’s Competition Commission and Communications Authority jointly issued drafts of six guidelines for public comment. The guidelines, published on October 9, 2014, are proposals developed to go with the Competition Ordinance, passed by the Legislation Council on June 12, 2012. (Draft Guidelines Under the Competition Ordinance – 2014, Competition Commission website […]

Hong Kong: Dispute over Policy on Influx of Mothers from China Giving Birth in Hong Kong

(Feb. 16, 2012) Leaders in Hong Kong have disagreed recently on how to handle the problem of expectant women from mainland China entering the city in an attempt to have their children born there, in order to qualify for the right of abode. Some lawmakers have suggested that the Basic Law, the constitution-like statute under […]

China; Hong Kong: Congo Assets Case Tests Sovereign Immunity

(Sept. 1, 2011) On August 26, 2011, China's National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee unanimously affirmed an earlier decision of a Hong Kong court, declaring that companies cannot sue sovereign states to recover assets. (Sovereign States Get Legal Immunity in Hong Kong, VOICE OF AMERICA (Aug. 26, 2011); Zhao Yinan, Top Legislature Interprets HK Law, […]

Hong Kong: Minimum Wage Law Takes Effect

(May 17, 2011) On May 1, 2011, Hong Kong's Minimum Wage Ordinance took effect; under it a HK$28 (about US$3.6) per hour minimum wage rate is enforced. (Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608), Hong Kong Department of Justice Bilingual Laws Information System (last visited May 11, 2011).) The Ordinance was passed by Hong Kong's Legislative Council […]