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Article: The Green Paper from a Constitutional Perspective

TitleThe Green Paper from a Constitutional Perspective
Authors
Issue Date2007
PublisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/
Citation
Hong Kong Law Journal, 2007, v. 37 n. 3, p. 741-749 How to Cite?
AbstractDue to a treaty reservation to Article 25(b) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1 the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government says that the right to universal suffrage is not a treaty right applicable to Hong Kong. 2 So we have to ask whether there is a legal right to universal suffrage, and if so where that right comes from. The 2007 Green Paper on Constitutional Development suggests some possible answers. 3 This document has an important constitutional dimension in its bearing on democratic rights in Hong Kong, quite apart from its object of constitutional reform. Its tone, language and content are riddled with implicit constitutional assumptions and theories. This short commentary argues, against a reading of the Green Paper, that (1) universal, equal suffrage is a constitutional entitlement with a “minimal content”, (2) that the Green Paper acknowledges this, and that aside from its acknowledgement in the Green Paper, (3) that constitutional right regulates both the content of the Green Paper and its consultation process.
DescriptionComment
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/74639
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.215
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.101

 

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dc.contributor.authorLim, CLen_HK
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dc.date.available2010-09-06T07:03:27Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Law Journal, 2007, v. 37 n. 3, p. 741-749en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0378-0600en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/74639-
dc.descriptionComment-
dc.description.abstractDue to a treaty reservation to Article 25(b) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 1 the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government says that the right to universal suffrage is not a treaty right applicable to Hong Kong. 2 So we have to ask whether there is a legal right to universal suffrage, and if so where that right comes from. The 2007 Green Paper on Constitutional Development suggests some possible answers. 3 This document has an important constitutional dimension in its bearing on democratic rights in Hong Kong, quite apart from its object of constitutional reform. Its tone, language and content are riddled with implicit constitutional assumptions and theories. This short commentary argues, against a reading of the Green Paper, that (1) universal, equal suffrage is a constitutional entitlement with a “minimal content”, (2) that the Green Paper acknowledges this, and that aside from its acknowledgement in the Green Paper, (3) that constitutional right regulates both the content of the Green Paper and its consultation process.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSweet & Maxwell Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.hku.hk/law/hklj/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Law Journalen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe Green Paper from a Constitutional Perspectiveen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLim, CL: cllim@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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