Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law

By Danny Gittings

 

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Read the Main Introductory Text to One Country, Two Systems in Hong Kong

“Many of us approach law books with trepidation. But Gittings, a legal academic, used to be a journalist and this shows in his ability to make the book accessible to the general reader. Amid the often technical legal arguments about the Basic Law it is easy to forget what a good story lies behind it.” (Book review in South China Morning Post, 1 December 2013)

“Reads more easily than a typical text; students, practitioners or layman readers interested in the “one country, two systems” regime can pick it up over a morning coffee, rather than feel compelled to first assemble pens, highlighters and a note pad before opening these pages.” (Book Review in Hong Kong Lawyer, October 2013)

“Knows how to use simple and easily understandable language to explain complex issues” (Book review in Ming Pao, 22 July 2013).  

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Useful Resources on the Hong Kong Basic Law

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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.

Other useful resources include the Hong Kong SAR Government’s official Web site on the Hong Kong Basic Law. This is particular useful for access to the Basic Law Bulletin, which provides periodic updates on important court cases and other relevant issues.

Much of the records for the drafting of the Hong Kong have been digitised and can be viewed via the Basic Law Drafting History Online.