to the Hong Kong Basic Law
China's resumption of sovereignty on 1 July 1997, the Hong Kong Basic Law lays
down the general policies and system of government for Hong Kong under the
"one country, two systems" formula. It guarantees Hong Kong a high
degree of autonomy, enshrines the rights and freedoms of residents, and
preserves a separate common law system with an independent judiciary.
Most of the major controversies in Hong Kong
relate to provisions in the Hong Kong Basic Law, and can best be understood by
reference to it. From an international perspective, the Hong Kong Basic Law is
an important case study in the difficulties of implementing a system of
The main introductory text on the subject is
Danny Gittings, Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law (Hong Kong
University Press, 2013). This is a “readable and practical book”
which uses “simple and easily understandable language to explain complex
issues” (Book review in Ming
Pao, 22 July 2013).
Further information on the author is
Useful Resources on the Hong Kong Basic Law
Updates for Introduction to the Hong Kong
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There are a wide
range of useful online resources relating to the Hong Kong Basic Law. For easy
access to a selection of useful papers, reports and speeches, please click here.
Much of the records for the drafting of the
Hong Kong have been digitised and can be viewed via the Basic Law Drafting History