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Chinese (PRC) & Hong Kong Law

A guide for researching Chinese (PRC) & Hong Kong Law including Legislation, Case Law, Treaties and Law Reform..

Basic Law of Hong Kong

The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic Of China (HKSAR) is the constitutional document for the HKSAR. It enshrines the concepts of 'One Country, Two Systems', 'a high degree of autonomy' and 'Hong Kong People administering Hong Kong'. It also prescribes the various systems to be practised in the HKSAR.

The Basic Law consists of:

  1. The full text of the Basic Law which comprises a total of nine chapters with 160 articles;
  2. Annex I, which sets out the method for the selection of the Chief Executive of the HKSAR;
  3. Annex II, which sets out the method for the formation of the Legislative Council of the HKSAR and its voting procedures; and
  4. Annex III, which sets out the national laws to be applied in the HKSAR.

For commentary on the Basic Law, see the following books:

Finding Hong Kong Legislation

Note that the official versions of Hong Kong legislation are contained in the Hong Kong Government Gazette. 

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