Hong Kong academic freedom – is it ‘safe’ or ‘dead’ under the national security law?
Since the arrival of the so-called national security law on June 30, the issue of academic freedom in Hong Kong has occupied the minds of many – is it safe or is it dead?Academic freedom is not as straightforward a matter as one might think. Professor Peter Baehr of Lingnan University wrote in HKFP: “Academic freedom is a norm which states that university professors should be free to teach, research and write on academic matters unconstrained by political and other kinds of interference.”The national security law and Hong Kong society can easily be construed as an academic matter. The mission ...
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Achieving a functioning society
Achieving a functioning societyWhen a government controls both the executive and legislative functions, it is easy to pass any law that they want. For example, the law on anti-terrorism has been passed with the justification that it is an effective law. What does effective mean? It depends on what we actually mean.The other concept in law is the rule of law. Do these two concepts need to be opposite of each other? Or can we say that, in fact, for laws to be effective we must have a society that adheres to the rule of law.According to Professor Alan Macfarlane: “One index of effectiveness is wh...
Trump says US mourns 'titan of the law' Ginsburg
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Friday hailed the late US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "titan of the law" whose legal expertise and historic decisions inspired generations of Americans."Today, our nation mourns the loss of a titan of the law" who was "renowned for her brilliant mind and her powerful dissents at the Supreme Court," Trump said in a statement."Her opinions, including well-known decisions regarding the legal equality of women and the disabled, have inspired all Americans, and generations of great legal minds," he added."May her memory be a great and ...
Back to the beginning: Is there still space in Hong Kong for a moderate middle way?
The national security law was promulgated by Beijing and went into effect here on June 30. The demolition of Hong Kong’s democracy movement began soon afterwards, with the political vetting and disqualification of virtually all the top-tier democrats who had planned to contest the Legislative Council election originally scheduled for September 6.Many activists have fled the territory and the arrest of still others continues. They are being prosecuted for political acts that have become offences under the new law, and for acts that were offences under an old law that is only just now being acti...
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NJ Gov. Murphy signs environmental justice law designed to protect minority communities
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed environmental justice legislation that allows the state to deny permits for projects that would have an environmental impact on already “overburdened” communities, defined as those predominated by minority or low-income people.The law, which supporters say is one of the toughest in the nation, would apply to proposals for new or expanded power plants, recycling facilities, incinerators, sludge operations, sewage treatment plants, landfills, or any other major source of potential pollution.The state Department of Environmental Protection would review...
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Ask the law: Can I get a full housing fee refund if I am overcharged in the UAE?
Question: I live in a rented villa in Dubai, which I will be vacating soon. I have been paying a very high housing fee for the last three years. When I brought it to the attention of the concerned authority, they confirmed and agreed to refund the difference in fees for the last six months. However, I find this unacceptable. They had the updated tenancy contract. They claim that the systems are all interlinked, so logically, this should apply to housing fees as well. I have been overcharged a sum of Dh3,200, so I am entitled to get a refund of the full amount? What is the logic in refunding th...
Buhari Assents To Police Bill 2020
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the Nigeria Police Bill, 2020.According to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), in Abuja, on Thursday, said the President in a memo dated September 16, 2020, communicated his assent to police bill 2020 to the National Assembly, through the Clerk of the legislature.The statement informed that the Act repeals the Police Act Cap. P19. Laws of the Federation, 2004, and provides for a more effective and well organized Police Force, driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its ...
El-Rufai Signs Law On Death, Castration Of Rapists
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has signed into law the amended Penal Code Law 2020 that provides for stiff penalties for rape of a child including death, surgical castration for male convicts, and bilateral salpingectomy for female rapists.The state House of Assembly had last week Wednesday amended the Penal Code Law No 5 of 2017 based on an executive bill brought by Governor el-Rufai, seeking to amend Section 258 of the penal code law which states that “Whoever commits rape, shall be punished by imprisonment for life.”Bauchi: Rapists on rampage as 14-year-old gang-raped for one monthOn ...
US justice chief proposed charging protestors with sedition: reports
Washington (AFP) - US Attorney General Bill Barr told federal prosecutors that protesters demonstrating against police and racism could be charged with sedition, US media reported Wednesday.The Wall Street Journal said Barr, the country's top law enforcement official, told federal district attorneys in a conference call last week that a law against plotting to overthrow the US government was among charges they could use against participants in violent protests.Such a sedition charge has been used with extreme rarity and the most recent example, a case brought against a Michigan armed militia g...
‘One country and one law’: A misunderstood concept? | Daily FT
In a multi-cultural, religious and linguistic state like Sri Lanka, national integration is a condition precedent for the nation building – Pic by Shehan GunasekaraThe worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal – AristotleBy M.A.M.H. BarryAlthough much is being spoken about ‘one country and one law’ in Sri Lanka, it is not a new phrase as all the countries in the world have one legal system in their respective countries. However, one legal system does not denote that there must be only one law for each and every aspect which everyone should follow.If this contention is cor...
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