法政匯思:回顧西德對奧地利的醜聞

今屆世界盃首次使用VAR,令球證可即場糾正自己的錯判,大大減少問題球出現的機會。至少保證不會重蹈1986年墨西哥世界盃馬勒當拿「上帝之手」入球有效,或2010年南非世界盃林柏特對德國入球無效的覆轍。 但世界盃有今天的公正水平,絕非一朝一夕的事。不過是上世紀80年代,世界盃決賽週仍有對賽球隊為了製造想要的賽果,而合謀不盡全力作賽。

【法政巴絲】個個都讀神科 唔通個個都想讀神科咩

本年度的香港中學文憑試(DSE)和國際文憑試(IB)均已放榜,君不見又一年的名校狀元們在傳媒前「大哂冷」,神采飛揚,一副未來社會棟樑的模樣。記者每年給狀元們的必答題不外乎「溫習心得」,「你打算入邊間大學報邊科」,甚至要check埋狀元們的政治立場(其實有無需要?有新聞價值嗎?)……等等。 應付記者的提問,可能比oral口試更需狀元們動腦筋 - 但其實這才是開端。 放榜「中舉」成為狀元的一刻,路就註定不易走,因為香港社會普遍對這一場公開試的幸運兒「標籤」為未來的社會精英,不是「應該」成為醫生律師就「應該」當個投資銀行家。我不諱言也是過來人。這種無形的包袱,從社會氛圍到朋輩到父母的期望一下子壓下來,其實真的使我亂了陣腳。是否成績單上很多星星就要做醫生、律師?其實我真正想做什麼?

As Hong Kong police evoke ‘Minority Report’ in banning a political party, who will be next?

The notion that national security will one day be invoked to silence dissent comes as no surprise to hardened Hong Kongers. Commentators, academics and filmmakers have long prophesied that doomsday scenario. The writing has been on the wall for years, and the arrival of an anti-subversion law is a matter of when, not if. We just didn’t think it would happen so soon, at least not before the return of Article 23 that the city has fought so hard to keep at bay. But that day is now upon us.

Petition slams ‘abuse’ of freedom of association

More than 60 groups signed a petition criticizing the government's abuse of freedom of association by proposing to ban the Hong Kong National Party. Assistant Societies Officer Rebecca Lam Hiu-tung, who is also assistant police commissioner, had recommended that Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu prohibit the pro-independence party from continuing to operate.

Groups call for demonstration over govt’s planned HKNP ban

Multiple civic groups and student unions expressed strong concerns over the government’s proposed ban on the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP), saying the planned clampdown amounts to curbing free speech and other constitutional rights.  A demonstration has been called for Saturday to voice the feelings of various groups that are opposed to the administration’s plans, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Explainer: How Hong Kong is seeking to ban a pro-independence party using existing national security laws

In their recommendation to ban the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party (HKNP) on Tuesday, the legal grounding cited by the police was the Societies Ordinance. They told the government that there was a sufficiently strong case in the interests of “national security, public safety, public order, protection of freedom and rights of others” for the security secretary to ban the embattled group.

【取締民族黨】警指武力非危害國家安全必要元素 法律界轟違國際標準 憂限結社自由

保安局正考慮禁止香港民族黨運作。警方早前向民族黨召集人陳浩天發出的700多頁文件,當中不僅羅列該黨推動港獨的九項「具體行動」,更特別表明危害「國家安全」不一定要涉及武力元素。警方的說法引起法律界的質疑。法政匯思召集人、大律師吳宗鑾認為外國案例顯示,必須有強烈使用武力的證據方能取締一個社團,質疑政府今次是用不合法方式定義非法社團以限制結社及言論自由。本身為資深大律師的公民黨主席梁家傑則指,警方今次說法不符合《約翰內斯堡原則》等國際人權標準。

【封殺港獨】遊行集會聲援民族黨未必犯法 惟學者指籌款屬違法

民間人權陣線將於本周六舉行遊行,反對取締結社自由。不過,一旦香港民族黨真的被取締,日後民主派若為香港民族黨搞集會、遊行、甚至替其籌款,會否也觸犯法例?有學者和法律界人士認為,這要視乎支援的方法,不能一概而論,如果有人「打正旗號」為取締組織籌款,可以算是違法,但只是表達因應民族黨被取締的事件支持結社自由,或發聲明支持該黨,則未算違法。

就助理社團事務主任建議禁止香港民族黨繼續運作之聲明 (Statement regarding the Recommendation of the Assistant Societies Officer to Prohibit the Continued Operation of the Hong Kong National Party)

法政匯思對該建議所提出的法律依據深感憂慮。 由於是次事件可能對香港市民的自由有深遠的負面影響,法政匯思在此呼籲所有公民社會團體、香港市民及國際社會,對香港政府就此事件作出的任何行動保持警覺及密切關注事件的後續發展。

Police monitored pro-independence Hong Kong National Party for 18 months before attempt to ban it

Liberal lawyers’ group voices concern over attempt to shut down party on national security grounds, when it has not resorted to violence

法政匯思:把公義外判,何其容易

第一宗於高等法院審理的暴動案審結,陪審團裁定五名被告當中其中兩名罪名成立,然後法官判處他們分別六年及七年的監禁。然後,便沒有然後了。在這個「法庭不考慮政治」,但政治卻偏生喜歡追著法庭,要法庭在亂世之中還人「公義」。

【DQ4】百人立會外集會 轟政府無理禠奪議員資格

4名前立法會議員梁國雄、劉小麗、羅冠聰和姚松炎去年被褫奪其議員資格,民主派今日在立法會示威區舉行反對禠奪議員資格集會,約百多人參與,主辦方呼籲市民留意眼前危機,反對政府無理DQ議員和候選人。

【法政巴絲】大個仔係我

「嘩!真係估唔到我同你差八年咁多啊!你係我做summer intern以來拍過最老嗰個嚟架!」以上係師父個暑期實習生知道我跟她年齡差距後的反應,可謂「一啖砂糖一啖屎」。其實,我並不認為自己會因年齡增加而變得大個。直到現在,我依然會行玩具反斗城,會睇《蠟筆小新》、《哆啦A夢》同《櫻桃小丸子》。令我覺得自己大個仔的,是取得limited practice certificate (有限度執業證書)一刻。

約400市民默哀悼念劉曉波 指劉霞思想仍受限制

諾貝爾和平獎得主劉曉波逝世一周年,其妻劉霞終獲中共批准到德國柏林治病。多個團體今早發起悼念遊行,公民黨立法會議員郭家麒表示,劉霞獲釋只是中共為了在中美貿易戰中換取歐盟的支持,「可能今日捉一個,聽日就放一個」,呼籲市民晚上到金鐘添馬公園岀席悼念活動,聲援仍被中共箝制自由的其他維權人士。

A year on, artists and activists remember Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo and pay tribute to widow Liu Xia

Artists, activists and politicians have paid tribute to China’s late Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, a year after his death from liver cancer in Chinese custody. The Chinese poet was jailed for 11 years for inciting “subversion of state power” after he penned Charter ’08 – a manifesto urging democratic reform. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, but became the first laureate to die in custody since 1938. His widow Liu Xia was kept under de facto house arrest for years, before being allowed to board a plane to Germany on Tuesday.

Hong Kong lawyers and activists hold silent protest 3 years into China’s crackdown on human rights lawyers

A group of lawyers and activists held a silent protest on Monday outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal, marking the third anniversary of the Chinese government’s large-scale crackdown on human rights lawyers. The China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group (CHRLCG) and a group of lawyers stood for seven minutes and nine seconds, representing the date: July 9, 2015. CHRLCG chairperson and former lawmaker Albert Ho said the move was to support the “imprisoned, detained, tortured” lawyers and to protest the Chinese government’s continued suppression.

「709」事件三週年 團體終院外默站 促北京釋放內地維權律師

中國維權律師關注組今日傍晚(9日)連同法律界人士,於終審法院門外默站7分09秒,以表達毋忘3年前的7月9日,大批內地維權律師遭拘捕事件。 關注組主席何俊仁要求內地,立即釋放被捕律師及人士,並停止所有秋後算賬的行為,他強調「律師的天職是法律制度之下,爭取每個人都應有的權利,伸張法律公義。」

領展須分擔23居屋公用地方維修費 僅3屋苑知情 房委會無執行契諾累業主損失

法政匯思成員、熟悉土地法的大律師何旳匡表示,分攤比率契諾屬買賣協議條文的一部分,具法律效力,簽訂契諾的雙方為房委會與領展都需要遵守。雖然內容指明由房委會一方負責執行(enforce),不過根據法例第219章《物業轉易及財產條例》第26條,即使小業主不是簽約方,仍然可以向領展或其後業主追討。以穗禾苑的例子,小業主在不知道有分攤比率契諾情況下,同意了對領展單方面有利的攤分比率,這協議將領展的分攤比率降低,領展實際無付出任何代價,協議可能無效,住宅業主有權向領展追討。

【法政巴絲】你搞左limited practice未呀?

六至八月對大學生嚟講通常係SEM BREAK(暑SEM的朋友例外啦)。想當年我仲係讀緊書嗰陣,同啲同學通常都係問幾條問題,由最普通嘅「有咩搞呀?」到充滿期盼嘅「去邊度玩呀?」再到非常現實嘅「有無做intern呀?邊度呀?幾多份呀?」等等。 對於一定數量嘅實習大律師嚟講,六至八月就係「call左」(正式取得大律師資格)後但又仲係serve緊pupillage嘅日子。呢啲時候大家見面除咗問「你而家跟邊個呀?」之外,就係「你搞左limited practice未呀?」

How same-sex spousal visa ruling will affect other cases in Hong Kong including gay civil servant Angus Leung’s appeal

A landmark ruling by Hong Kong’s top court allowing a lesbian expatriate couple to obtain a dependant visa may not help a gay civil servant who is appealing a decision to deny his partner spousal welfare, legal experts said on Thursday. Despite siding with the LGBT community, the Court of Final Appeal’s judgment on Wednesday did not address the city’s traditional definition of marriage, the experts said.