9781316144916 (ebook) 9781107093379 (hardback) 9781107472266 (paperback)
Cambridge studies in law and society.
Rule of law is a core Hong Kong value, providing a defensive wall around the territory and protecting its way of life against 'mainlandisation'. Before the 1997 retrocession to China, fears were widespread that the rights and freedoms enjoyed under colonial rule would be eroded, that the rule of law would be weakened and that corruption would increase. Soon, the first blows were struck against the rule of law via an NPCSC ruling which overturned the judgment of the Court of Final Appeal. Successive interventions by Beijing in Hong Kong's legal and political affairs have given rise to fears about the loss of the rule of law and loss of identity. These fears have subsequently provoked mass street demonstrations, including the 'Umbrella Revolution' of 2014. But, as this book shows, Hong Kongers also use less explicit arts of resistance to maintain their identity.
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Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : the lie of the land Walls of law Transitional fears and fantasies Danger, death and disappearance The disappearance of Yu Man-Hon Patrolling the walls of law The law wars : wayward children and the right of abode The law wars : the flag cases The law wars : article 23 The law wars : law as politics, politics as law The law wars : law and civil society The law wars : interpreting the law The culture wars : globalism, nationalism and localism The culture wars : creating the nation The culture wars : education and the cultivation of identity The culture wars : history, identity and nostalgia The culture wars : freedom of the press Conclusion lost and found.