It is imperative to spend time becoming familiar with the targeted area of law, especially if this is an area you have not researched before. A good research guide can help you glean valuable information of the relevant major publications for both primary and secondary resources, which will then help you set the general parameters/scope of your research at the very beginning. You may later expand or narrow the scope as you further your research. More specifically, for foreign law research, good research guides will help you gain better understanding of a particular jurisdiction's legal system, primary sources of law, and major players in the legal field. There are a few ways that you can find helpful Hong Kong Law Research guides:
First, you may find research guides on Hong Kong on many academic law libraries websites. For example,
Second, you may also do a keyword or subject search (e.g. Hong Kong--Legal Research) in MLaw Library Catalog to find Hong Kong Law Research Guides in print: e.g.
British government gained control of Hong Kong as a colony back in 1800s under three treaties: Treaty of Nanking (1842), Treaty of Beijing (1860) and The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory (1898). For details about historical background and analyses of these treaties, please see:
The control of British government of Hong Kong was interrupted by Japanese during the World War II for approximately 44 months. In 1984, the Chinese and British governments signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong (The Joint Declaration), under which the Chinese government will "resume the exercise of the sovereignty of Hong Kong with effect from 1 July 1997." The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was later adopted on April 4, 1990, according to which under the principle of 'one country, two systems', the legal system and lifestyle of Hong Kong Special Administrative Reigion (HKSAR) will remain unchanged for 50 years starting July 1st, 1997. For detailed background information about HongKong's reintegration to China, please see
Sources of Law
Under the Article 18 of Basic Law of the HKSAR, the current Hong Kong legal system is based on common law supplemented with local legislation:
For more discussion of the sources of HKSAR law, please read
Legislative, Executive and Judicial Branch of HKSAR
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