COMPLICATIONS FOR OCCUPY CENTRAL

Posted:  May 15, 2014   The campaign to shut down Hong Kong’s business district is approaching decision time.  For those just tuning in to this story, it began over a year ago, in January 2013, as the brainchild of Hong Kong University law school professor, Benny...

SUNRISE IN THE WEST?

Posted:  May 2, 2014   Not likely.  But it’s fun to think about anyway.   Once Beijing’s intent has been stated openly in public on something as major as political reform, Hong Kong’s leading government officials have, since 1997, gone out of their way to avoid...

DEMOCRATS IN SHANGHAI

Posted:  April 23, 2014   No stone is being left unturned in the effort to convince everyone that Beijing’s official reading of the Basic Law should be accepted as the mandate for electing Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive in 2017.  Besides blanket daily coverage...

THE LOGIC OF DEFEAT

Posted:  April 14, 2014   Hong Kong democrats just ceded another election to their pro-establishment rivals.  It was a minor matter, already last month’s news, such as it was.  No one but the actual participants and a few thousand voters paid any attention.  But...

CREATIVE COMBINATIONS

Posted:  April 1, 2014   A week ago the way out of  Hong Kong’s electoral reform predicament seemed to be taking shape.  It would entail some form of popular nomination for Hong Kong’s first “universal suffrage” Chief Executive election in 2017,  to be paired in...

INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND THE BASIC LAW

Posted:  March 26, 2014   Professors at the University of  Hong Kong’s law school accepted the challenge proclaimed  by China’s leaders at their recent National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing.   Leaders said then, in effect, that international standards and...