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HK Basic Law 25th Anniversary Legal Seminar Held in Hong Kong

On April 11-12, 2015, the “25th Anniversary Basic Law Legal Seminar” was held at the City University of Hong Kong and organized by the Research Association of the Hong Kong Basic Law and Macao Basic Law and the Education Association of the Hong Kong Basic Law. Several renowned legal scholars at the seminar said that Hong Kong’s future was worrying without the Rule of Law. The only legal security of the realization of the general election in Hong Kong was the Basic Law and relevant decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

 

Wang Zhenmin, Dean of Tsinghua University Law School and President of the Research Association of Hong Kong Basic Law and Macao Basic Law, spoke at the seminar

At the two-day seminar, themed “Come into Being, Implementation, and Future of the Hong Kong Basic Law”, Wang Zhenmin, Dean of Tsinghua Law School and President of the Research Association of Hong Kong Basic Law and Macao Basic Law, said in his speech that the Basic Law was legalization and institutionalization of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy. Drawing up the Basic Law was the interpretation of state sovereignty.

Dean Wang Zhenmin stressed that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy was a granted power. The first formulation of the Basic Law was state sovereignty, the central government exercised full jurisdiction over Hong Kong. Thus, the granted high degree of autonomy was limited.

Dean Wang Zhenmin said the Basic Law showed a very clear signal on democracy, which is the state wished Hong Kong to develop democracy with a stable and solid pace. This sincerity was undeniable. However, we must cherish Hong Kong’s Rule of Law when we discussed democracy. Hong Kong’s future was worrying without the Rule of Law.

 Wang Zhenmin hoped Hong Kong could take advantage of the developments of the P.R.C., joining in the great revitalization of the Chinese nation, acting as a participator not a spectator. The future of Hong Kong should develop together with China.

Professor Rao Geping from Peking University Law School said in his speech that Hong Kong’s voting rights and democracy development were formulated by the Basic Law not from the United Kingdom and The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The only legal security of the realization of general election in Hong Kong was the Basic Law and relevant decisions by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.

Other luminaries at the seminar to give speeches included Fan Xu Litai, a member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, and Liang Meifeng, President of the Hong Kong Basic Law Education Association.

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