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Judicial Independence in Hong Kong

Dennis Kwok, Scott N Carlson, and Elizabeth B Donkervoort

Discover the critical role of judicial independence and how it affects equal law application, checks and balances, and the prevention of extra-legal resolutions. Join the Senior Lawyers Section for a captivating one-hour discussion featuring the ABA ROLI's Judicial Independence Monitor toolkit, which expertly assesses vulnerabilities in internal and external independence, as well as transparency. Delve into the intriguing findings of the Bar Human Rights Committee's assessment of Hong Kong's judiciary, where issues like the National Security Law and centralization of authority pose unique challenges. Gain insight from a Hong Kong legal expert and engage in a dynamic Q&A session following the panel discussion. Don't miss this opportunity to explore the complexities of judicial independence and its global implications.

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Judicial Independence Monitor:

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CSRI Launch Report:

Xi's National Security Agenda:

Read the statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross on Arrest warrants and bounties on Hong Kong lawyers

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2023 — The American Bar Association remains strongly opposed to the Hong Kong National Security Law (NSL) and the threat it poses to human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In the latest application of this law, Hong Kong police accused eight self-exiled pro-democracy activists living overseas, including lawyers Kevin Yam and Dennis Kwok, of violating the law and offered rewards of 1 million Hong Kong dollars ($127,600) each for information leading to their arrests. These individuals are vocal supporters of democracy, rule of law and judicial independence in Hong Kong.

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