Event

A Tale of Two Laws: Navigating Tensions between the National Security Law and the Basic Law, 8 December 2020, 3pm – 4.30pm

The promulgation of the National Security Law (“NSL”) has weaved a web of uncertainty into the constitutional fabric of Hong Kong. In many ways, the provisions of the NSL appear to contradict the wording of the Basic Law, creating difficult tensions which have – and will continue to – play out in the Courts. Which aspects of NSL do not sit well with the Basic Law’s stipulations? And which law should prevail in the case of conflict? 

In our upcoming webinar, Paul Harris SC, Hectar Pun SC, Carter Chim, and Anson Wong Yu Yat will examine these fundamental questions and share their perspectives.

   
  Date: 8 December 2020 (Tuesday)
  Time: 3pm – 4.30pm
  Speakers:  Paul Harris SC, Hectar Pun SC, Carter Chim, and Anson Wong Yu Yat
     

In this live webinar, our panel of four presenters will delve into:

• The legal status of the Basic Law and the NSL
• Potential inconsistencies between NSL and the Basic Law
• Which piece of legislation prevails in the case of conflict
• Beyond Hong Kong’s courts – other legal consequences which may arise from inconsistencies between the two laws

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Speakers

Paul Harris SC


Paul is a public law and human rights specialist who also has considerable experience of other areas of civil litigation. He practises in Hong Kong, where he is one of the Territory’s leading public law silks, and in London, where he is a member of Doughty Street Chambers.

Paul is most well-known for a series of successful human rights cases involving the Hong Kong Government, including ZN v Secretary for Justice & Ors (HCAL15/2015; [2016] HKEC 2766) which concerns the failure to crimininalise human trafficking. He also has wide experience of other areas of Hong Kong law, such as land, commercial disputes, employment, personal injury, injunctions (including Mareva and Anton Piller orders), contested probate actions, and conflict of laws.

 
Hectar Pun SC


Hectar
was called to the Bar in 1995 and appointed Senior Counsel in 2015. His practice spans many areas including constitutional and administrative law, human rights law, immigration law, criminal law, land law, company law and commercial law. He appears regularly on behalf of applicants in major judicial review proceedings.

Recently, Hectar acted for the successful applicant in Chan Kung Shun and Others v. Commissioner of Police (19/11/2020, HCAL 2703/2019) [2020] HKCFI 2882, where the Court held that the failure of police officers to display unique identification markings during anti-extradition bill protest operations contravened the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

 
Carter Chim 

Carter was called to the Bar in 2012, specialising in competition law. He advises public and private parties in relation to competition matters.  In 2015-2016, he was appointed as a legal counsel to the Competition Commission (Hong Kong). Carter is also experienced in public law and criminal law. He appeared (led by Mr. Martin Lee SC and Mr. Hectar Pun SC) for the Appellant in Leung Kwok Hung v President of the Legislative Council (No 1) (2014) 17 HKCFAR 689, a judicial review case related to the decisions made by the President of the Legislative Council during the legislative process.

Carter has been appointed to teach constitutional and administrative law at the University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 
Anson Wong Yu Yat


Anson has developed a broad civil practice with an emphasis on public law (such as Leung Kwok Hung v Secretary for Justice [2020] 2 HKLRD 771; [2020] 1 HKLRD 1, which challenged the constitutionality of the Emergency Regulations Ordinance and the “anti-mask” law), intellectual property litigations and competition law matters.

Recently, Anson (led by Mr. Hectar Pun SC) acted for the successful applicant in Chan Kung Shun and Others v. Commissioner of Police (19/11/2020, HCAL 2703/2019) [2020] HKCFI 2882, where the Court held that the failure of police officers to display unique identification markings during anti-extradition bill protest operations contravened the Hong Kong Bill of Rights.

 

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