Hong Kong and Comparative Public Law

As already noted, I have spent this week in Hong Kong, visiting at HKU Law’s brilliant and vibrant Centre for Comparative and Public Law. It is a fascinating time to be in Hong Kong. Elections for the Legislative Council take place today (Sunday 4th September), and the political arena is alive with calls for everything from Hong Kong independence (although they are not in the majority) to a return of Hong Kong to the UK (definitely not the majority!). My dominant sense, though, from the week spent contributing to a roundtable on the HK Basic Law’s Article 23 (this is a useful primer), speaking to PhD students, speaking with practicing lawyers and lawyers in training is that people are deeply concerned with maintaining not only the Hong Kong way of life but also—and fundamentally connected therewith—the Rule of Law. Continue reading “Hong Kong and Comparative Public Law”

Public Lecture in Hong Kong: A Rule of Law Crisis in Europe?

EDIT (1.9.16): It seems there is quite a bit of interest in this topic, so the location of the lecture has been changed to Room 724 & 725, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong. Registration is still open!

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I will spend next week as a visitor at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law at the University of Hong Kong. While there, I will be participating in a workshop and collaborating with colleagues in the CCPL, meeting with doctoral researchers and discussing their work with them, and also giving a public lecture on Friday, September 3rd.

The lecture, “Is there a Rule of Law Crisis in Europe?”, will take place at 5:30pm on the Centennial Campus of HKU (Small Moot Court, Room 723 Room 724 & 725, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower). Registration is free but encouraged, as there is a registration limit of 50. If you are in Hong Kong at the time you can register here. Continue reading “Public Lecture in Hong Kong: A Rule of Law Crisis in Europe?”

New comment: on the end of TRAP laws

This morning I·CONnect (the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law) published a new commentary from me on Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt, the US Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down HB2, a Texan TRAP law. TRAP laws are Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider laws, and have become a substantial part of anti-abortion and anti-choice efforts to restrict abortion in the United States. In this short commentary, I argue that Whole Women’s Health and particularly the contribution to the judgment by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, sharply constraints the possibilities that TRAP laws offered to undercut the constitutional right to access abortion in that jurisdiction. The whole post, which is around 1200 words, is here, and the core argument can be discerned from this passage: Continue reading “New comment: on the end of TRAP laws”

#repealthe8th: prospects for reform

This evening I was very pleased to give the first in this year’s series on seminars on Abortion in Context: Law, Ethics, and Practice, held at University College, Oxford. In today’s seminar (abstract here) I very briefly outlined abortion law in Ireland (drawing largely on this recent article in the Michigan J. of Gender and the Law) and then considered the ways in which the 8th amendment holds a powerful rhetorical hold on politics, professional practice, and popular sentiment in Ireland. This rhetorical power is, I claimed, significant in any consideration of the obstacles to be overcome in attempting to build momentum behind (a) holding and (b) winning a referendum on repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Constitution. The slides from this evening’s talk are here, and there will be a further seminar on abortion in Univ every week for the rest of this term. Details of the full term card are available here.