Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law, Second Edition (Paperback)

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Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law, Second Edition (Paperback)

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The Hong Kong Basic Law is the constitutional document which sets out the general policies and system of government for Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” formula. It promises Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy, seeks to preserve a separate common law system with an independent judiciary, and guarantees a long list of rights and freedoms. The only introductory text on this topic, Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law provides a highly readable starting point to understanding the important issues shaping Hong Kong’s future. This book traces the origins of the Hong Kong Basic Law and analyses its content, especially in relation to Hong Kong’s political system, the judiciary, and human rights. It is required reading for students on a wide range of courses in law, politics, and other disciplines, from sub-degree through to undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as professional examinations. The book also appeals to a wider audience, enabling general interest readers with no prior knowledge of the subject to easily understand how Hong Kong is being run under Chinese sovereignty. The second edition has been updated thoroughly to discuss important new developments, including the implications of the mass street protests known as the Umbrella Movement, and adds a new concluding chapter on the future of “one country, two systems”.
Danny Gittings has taught and examined thousands of students in courses on the Hong Kong Basic Law as an associate professor and senior programme director at the College of Humanities and Law in the University of Hong Kong’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. A former journalist, he reported on many of the events described in this book during a 15-year career in senior editorial positions at the South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal Asia.
Product Details ISBN: 9789888208371
ISBN-10: 9888208373
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2016
Pages: 460
Language: English
“Danny Gittings’s Introduction to the Hong Kong Basic Law makes a significant contribution to an important subject. It is expressed in reader-friendly terms. My favourable opinion of the first edition of this book is vindicated by the fact that it has gon

“This well-researched and very readable introduction is suitable for a wide range of readers. Building on the success of the book’s first edition, this new edition offers fresh insights into the long-term impact of Hong Kong’s constitutional developments