【移交逃犯】8專業團體都遊行 法政匯思斥修例褫奪立會監管權

8個專業團體學術,包括自由學者聯盟、放射良心、進步教師同盟、法政匯思、保險起動、思言財雋、社工復興和民主進步會計師,今日都有參與民陣的遊行,反對港府修訂《逃犯條例》。法政匯思召集人李安然表示,新修訂的法例將會褫奪立法會的監管權,證明政府所說的「保障只會更多、不會更小」的說法並不正確。此外,雖然李家超經常說法庭會把關,但法庭只會審視外地提交的證據,是否構成表面證據,只要構成,法庭就會同意引渡,顯示這個把關作用根本不足。

【法政巴絲】修例送「中」 夾你返大陸呀嗱!

3月將完4月將至,又到咗約friends去旅行嘅季節,筆者本來都約咗幾個朋友去泰國旅行,check晒機票酒店諗住畀錢啦,點知有日返返吓工就見到個WhatsApp group係咁有notifications,原來係我兩個朋友喺WhatsApp度無端端隔空為咗國民身份認同對罵,鬧到旅行都去唔成。

Former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho appeals against US conviction in multimillion-dollar bribery case

Disgraced former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho Chi-ping has appealed against his conviction in the US over a multimillion-dollar bribery case. Jason Ng, a US lawyer and convenor of Hong Kong’s Progressive Lawyers Group, said that for Ho to successfully appeal he would either have to present new evidence or witnesses, challenge the evidence from the prosecutors’ side or argue that the judge wrongly interpreted legal principles.

你有什麼權?

提起「人權」——有人認為它是一個嚴肅的議題;亦有人認為它是與生俱來便可擁有。今天,除了基本法以外,你知道自己還有哪些受法律保障的權利嗎?

關注江天勇安全獲釋聯署聲明

中國維權律師江天勇於 2017 年 8 月 22 日,在家人委託的辯護律師不獲開庭通知、父親被逼出席不公正公開的審訊中,被長沙市中級人民法院以「煽動顛覆國家政權」為罪名,判處有期徒刑兩年,剝奪政治權利三年。

2019 年 2 月 28 日,江天勇將會獲釋,我們會密切關注其獲釋及其後的待遇,是否合乎法律及國際人權標準。

Decline and fall? Progressive Lawyers Group plans new barometer to measure Hong Kong’s rule of law

Written in 2019, a report on Hong Kong’s rule of law may make for uncomfortable reading – but to the authors, it is also a reminder that there is much work to be done. Next month the Progressive Lawyers Group (PLG) will launch what it hopes will be an annual tradition: a record of major events affecting Hong Kong’s rule of law, paired with its own legal analysis and recommendations.

李安然出席Now新聞台節目討論《逃犯條例》

法政匯思召集人李安然出席Now新聞台節目【時事全方位】,討論各界對修改《逃犯條例》疑慮。

【法政巴絲】移交逃犯修例遺禍深 勿讓公義成藉口

事關重大,今次筆者都要借呢個專欄講一講港府就移交逃犯(俗稱引渡)相關安排嘅修訂。

法政匯思就國歌條例草案(「該草案」)的發言摘要 (Progressive Lawyers Group’s Speaking Note on the National Anthem Bill)

法政匯思看不見將「不當使用」國歌或「侮辱」國歌的行為刑事化能夠為社會帶來多大的實際效益,以為政府對人民的憲制權利 ── 包括對言論自由的侵害 ── 提供充份的正當理由。即使我們假設將與國歌相關的行為刑事化而對憲制權利衍生的限制有其正當性,這種限制應該是狹窄而被清晰定義的。然而,現時該草案非常粗疏且模糊不清;尤其是該草案的第 6 和第 7 條更無法符合「依法規定」的原則。(As a starting point, we see no material societal benefit or need in criminalising conduct involving the “misuse” of the national anthem or the “insult” of the national anthem, which justifies such encroachment on the constitutional rights of the individual, including the freedom of expression. Even assuming the restriction of constitutional rights by criminalising conduct involving the national anthem is justified, the boundary of such restriction should be narrowly drawn and clearly defined. However, the Bill in its current form is poorly drafted and appallingly lacking in clarity. In particular, the offence creating sections (Clauses 6 and 7) regrettably fall foul of the “prescribed by law” requirement.)

【法政巴絲】審死官

可幸現實中——雖然不知還有多久——但我們仍然享有司法獨立,法官絕不可以偏頗。英國高等法院皇座法庭(King’s Bench)在1923年定下的著名案例R v Sussex Justices, ex parte McCarthy [1924] 1 KB 256說明了一切。

回應中聯辦副主任楊健:什麼是香港特區政府的「憲制責任」

日前中聯辦副主任楊健說23條立法是特區政府的憲制責任,「香港有一國之責,沒有兩制之分」。楊副主任委實一矢中的,對我本人而言更是當頭棒喝。既然提起香港政府有遵循實施基本法的憲制責任,我們不妨溫習一下基本法,到底什麼是港府責之所在。

【法政巴絲】衝突

筆者上星期出席跨國律師事務所X舉辦的酒會,慶祝由合夥人M領軍的近40位律師,今年初一起由另一跨國律師事務所R轉會到X,幾乎是香港業界有史以來最大型的「遷徙」。

Submission on National Anthem Bill Progressive Lawyers Group  

In March 2019, the Progressive Lawyers Group presented its submissions on the National Anthem Bill gazetted by the Hong Kong Government on 11 January 2019. 

誰損校譽?

2018年9月,香港理工大學學生抗議校方遮蓋民主牆,涉事學生經閉門紀律聆訊後分別遭勒令退學永不錄取、停學和社會服務令處分等。這次筆者聚焦的是假如校規內禁止「進行任何有損害大學聲譽的行為」的條文真的對學生的自由不合比例的限制時,校方應如何透過校規的解讀,來讓規則本身及學生自由之間的衝突消弭。

Jason Y. Ng Attended RTHK Interview on Extradition Laws

Progressive Lawyers Group Convenor Jason Y. Ng attended radio programme Backchat today to discuss, among other things, the Government’s plan to amend the extradition laws which will allow Hong Kong to hand over fugitives to mainland China.

Dangerous and unnecessary: why Hong Kong’s extradition proposal is a legislative menace

Move over, national anthem law. Make room, anti-subversion bill. Here comes the government’s latest legislative menace: a fundamental policy shift in fugitive transfers between Hong Kong and mainland China. This time, the threat to personal security is bigger, more real, and has the potential to affect a broader range of people than any other government bill we’ve seen in recent years.

【法政巴絲】讀法律,做律師?

準備修讀法律,憧憬成為律師的你, 為何希望加入法律界呢?