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China & Hong Kong Legal Research Guide: Introduction to the Hong Kong Legal System & Legal Research

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic Of China

Image: Regional Emblem of Hong Kong

Source: Wikipedia

Other Hong Kong Legal Research Guides

Globalex guide: “One Country, Two Systems” of Legal Research: Finding the Law of China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region By Roy L Sturgeon and Sergio Stone (open access)

Guide to Law Online - Hong Kong -  from the Law Library of Congress (open access)

Law Library of Congress Research Guide: Hong Kong (open access)

Latest Hong Kong Legal News

Latest law and order news from news.gov.hk

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A great place to start Hong Kong Legal Research

Halsbury's Laws of Hong Kong on Lexis Advance (Unimelb staff & student access)

  • Halsbury's is an encyclopedic statement of the Law in Hong Kong, arranged alphabetically by subject. Halsbury's includes commentary, legislation and significant cases. 

Hong Kong Legal System

The Legal System in Hong Kong - from the Hong Kong Department of Justice (open access)

Foreign Law Guide - Hong Kong  (UniMelb staff & student access) provides access to legislation and other primary sources of law on multiple legal topics. It also contains bibliographies of useful secondary sources (books and articles) on these topics.

Hong Kong's legal system is a mix of common and customary law. See Juriglobe for further information(open access).

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Doing Business in Hong Kong

World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - Country Profile

World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - Country Profile for Hong Kong

The Index provides data on the following dimensions of the rule of law:
» Limited government powers
» Absence of corruption
» Order and security
» Fundamental rights
» Open government
» Effective regulatory enforcement
» Access to civil justice
» Effective criminal justice
» Informal justice


World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index (Full Report)