Hong Kong

Doreen Weisenhaus*, Rick Glofcheski, Edward J. Davis

*Corresponding author for this work

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As a consequence of its historical status as a British colony, Hong Kong relies heavily on English decisions as a source of law and as a touchstone for the development of legal principles. The Hong Kong Constitution-the Basic Law, in force since 1997, when Hong Kong was returned to China-provides that the decisions of "other common law jurisdictions" may be relied on as precedents. Because Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, the national laws of the PRC, including media regulations, are not applied in Hong Kong, with the exception of some laws governing defense and foreign affairs. Although the law of defamation in Hong Kong is found largely in the case law, there is some legislation that regulates defamation actions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Libel and Privacy Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters, and Lawyers: Third Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781118357057
StatePublished - Feb 12 2013


  • Cases
  • Civil courts
  • Communication law
  • Criminal court
  • Free expression
  • Human rights
  • Jury
  • Libel
  • Litigation
  • Media
  • Newsroom
  • Press
  • Privacy
  • Publication
  • Statute
  • Trials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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