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Symposium on the “National Security Legislation of the HKSAR”

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On 28 May 2020, the Third Plenary Meeting of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Decision on Establishing and Improving the Legal System and Enforcement Mechanisms for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to Safeguard National Security (hereafter “NPC Decision”). According to this NPC Decision, when needed, relevant national security organs of the Central People’s Government (CPG) may set up agencies in the HKSAR; the NPC Standing Committee (NPCSC) is authorised to enact a law for the HKSAR to safeguard national security (“National Security Law for the HKSAR”, hereafter “NSL”) which shall be listed in Annex III of Basic Law of the HKSAR and applied in the HKSAR by way of promulgation.

The NPC Decision has attracted extensive attention and aroused great concerns worldwide. Naturally, it brings forth many academic issues that have to be examined in depth urgently.

On 5 June 2020, the Public Law and Human Rights Forum (CPLR) and the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) of the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong jointly organized an online symposium on the “National Security Law for the HKSAR”. The symposium brought together leading experts and lawyers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and foreign countries to discuss the relevant academic issues relating to the NPC Decision and the forthcoming NSL. A total of 14 speakers presented insightful and thought-provoking views at the symposium. Following the Chatham House Rule, below is the summary of these presentations while the identities and affiliations of these presenters are not revealed.

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TitleSymposium on the “National Security Legislation of the HKSAR”
LocationCity University of Hong Kong (Online)
CityHong Kong
Degree of recognitionNational event