Constitutional governance in ‘Greater China’ and the Unfinished Project of Chinese Constitutionalism
Professor Chen, Albert Hung Yee (Principal investigator)
constitutionalism, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, rule of law
Humanities & Social Sciences (H)
RGC General Research Fund (GRF)
HKU Project Code
General Research Fund (GRF)
1) To examine the present state of constitutionalism (or lack thereof) in China, including its historical background, the operation of the current Constitution (1982), the current practice and discourse of Rule of Law and pubic law in China, and the possible foundations and resources that exist at present for the possible development of Chinese constitutionalism in the future; 2) To review the development of constitutionalism in Taiwan under the 1946 RoC Constitution, particularly the practice of ‘authoritarian constitutionalism’ or ‘hybrid constitutionalism’ and its subsequent transition to liberal-democratic constitutionalism, and to consider its possible lessons and implications for Chinese constitutionalism; 3) To review the constitutional practice of 'One Country Two Systems' under the Basic Laws of the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, and to consider its possible lessons and implications for Chinese constitutionalism; 4) To explore the prospects for the development of Chinese constitutionalism in the foreseeable future, including the possibility of 'socialist constitutionalism' or 'party-state constitutionalism'.