Directory of Batch E Posts

  1. What is tax haven? Why are all tycoons so crush on them?
  2. Is legalization a solution to drug war? If not, what are the other better alternatives to the governments?
  3. Snapchat—Legal Concerns Behind Ephemeral Images
  4. China enters an era of charity economy? Need legal escort!
  5. The Ninth Amendment of China’s Criminal Law: New Changes on Bribery and Corruption Crimes
  6. Collection of biometric data: next-level identification technology or infringement of personal privacy
  7. Should Dididache App be legalized in China?
  8. Fare Adjustment Mechanism of MTR Corporation Limited
  9. Hong Kong Housing – Subdivided units
  10. Vulnerability of MTR By-laws behind large music instruments’ ban
  11. Forced shopping: Is Hong Kong still the ultimate place for shopping?
  12. Abortion laws: still a controversial topic in 2015
  13. The Hong Kong government would like to improve the glass recycling situation … without even lifting a finger!
  14. Does the ease of doing business in the world has to prevail over labour rights ?
  15. Future development of the electricity market – Grasping the opportunity to address the interests of consumers
  16. Fickleness and Formalism Behind the Biggest Yangchow Fried Rice: How to Stop Image Project
  17. Are Chinese herbal products reliable?: An investigation on proprietary Chinese medicine law
  18. Intellectual Property Right (IP) in Hong Kong – something that Hong Kong people has already discarded
  19. Hong Kong continues to remain tolerant of its infamy as a hub for international illegal ivory trade
  20. Is there a habitat for street musicians?
  21. Application of the law across jurisdiction – Chinese tour guides “Force Shopping” in Hong Kong
  22. Should the Bitcoin industry be regulated?
  23. Regulators Fighting Against Financial Market Manipulations
  24. Problem Associated with the Abolishment of Adultery Law in South Korea – Public concerns and actual facts
  25. The Volkswagen scandal
  26. Private Jets and Yachts – Their Skids over Prevention of Bribery Ordinance
  27. An alternative pathway to justice? – Third party funding for arbitration in Hong Kong
  28. The UAE no longer a tax haven?
  29. Social Credit System, China’s next move to oppress freedom?
  30. China finally gives up the one-child policy – too late?
  31. Fire Safety in Hong Kong – Where has the law failed?
  32. “I don’t discriminate…but I don’t befriend Mainlanders.”
  33. The Malicious Bankruptcy Issue in China
  34. ICAC’s prosecution of Donald Tsang – a proof that the status of chief executive is not above the law?
  35. The Smoking Laws in Hong Kong – Time for improvement?
  36. Regulation of financial intermediaries
  37. How to reduce solid waste? – Waste Management in Hong Kong
  38. Are drones only flying cameras?
  39. To lift, or not to lift? That is the question to Chinese pedestrians.
  40. Regulating the Business of War: Private Military Contractors and International Law

Regulating the Business of War: Private Military Contractors and International Law

By Angad Bhandari

On the 13th of April this year U.S. Federal Judge Royce Lamberth sentenced one American citizen to life in prison for first-degree murder and three others to terms of 30 years each for the 2007 killing of 14 innocent Iraqi civilians at Nisour Square in Iraq. The defendants were not part of the U.S. military but were employees of a private military corporation, Blackwater. The extensive involvement by private forces in war-zones has given rise to some of the most deplorable cases of outright infringement on human rights including amongst others the 2007 Nisour Square shooting and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

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What is tax haven? Why are all tycoons so crush on them?

By Yu Hong Zhi, Sherman

In January 9, 2015, Cheung Kong Holdings Limited announced the restructuring arrangement of combining Cheung Kong Holdings and Hutchison Whampoa to form a new listed company: “CK Hutchison Holdings Limited”. This newly established company is incorporated at Cayman Islands (SCMP, 2015) which has been commonly known as “tax haven”. As the name implies, tax haven is a place where levy taxes at a very low rate or even not at all to companies registered there. It has been an interesting phenomenon that most of the largest corporations in the world, they are not registered at the place where they operate their major business or make most of the profits. Indeed, how is this mechanism works? How could the multi-national corporations in the world transfer their profits made all over the world to these tax havens to avoid tax?

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Is legalization a solution to drug war? If not, what are the other better alternatives to the governments?

By Yeung Harriet

There is an ongoing debate on whether drug legalization should be a solution to drug war. Drug war since 2006 does not lower world drug consumption effectively but has caused a rise in prison populations and heavy tax burden on taxpayers (Carter, 2011).

After marijuana is legalized in the U.S., advocates say that Mexican cartels are weakened after legalization of marijuana, but some analysts doubt the impact on overall cartel business, as there are signs that criminal organizations are turning their targets to Mexicans, diversifying their products and creating other criminal opportunities (Castro, 2015). Considering the harmful consequences, I think that legalization is not a possible solution to drug war because this system does not suit every country which faces different drug-related challenges.

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Snapchat—Legal Concerns Behind Ephemeral Images

By Xie Jingrui

  1. Introduction

Snapchat, a mobile application that enables users to send self-destructing images and videos to friends, is attracting more and more attention nowadays. It is reported that around 700 million photos and videos are sent through Snapchat per day (Shontell, 2014) and it has 100 million active users (Dredge, 2014). While people are enjoying the sense of ephemerality provided by Snapchat, some worrying legal issues reflect the potential misuse of the app and the loopholes in law system. This report will first talk about legal concerns of privacy and sexting among minors and then suggest some legal approaches to tackle the issue.

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China enters an era of charity economy? Need legal escort!

By Xiao Zhilin


China enters into an era where donation is more and more prevalent and the charity economy develops very fast. Despite a promising trend of charity development, China’s charity economy still needs stimulation and has a long way to go. This post will first introduce the charity economy in China, figuring out its problems and finding out solutions to improve. And will particularly focus on the recent charity law draft carried out in China on Oct 31, 2015, states its positive impact and potential drawbacks.

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The Ninth Amendment of China’s Criminal Law: New Changes on Bribery and Corruption Crimes

By Xiao Changqi

  1. Introduction


Recently, the newly adopted Criminal Law Amendment 9 officially came into effect in China since November 1, 2015. The amendment covered different aspect includes bribery and corruption crime, rape crime, death penalty and so on (Wu, 2015).The new changes on bribery and corruption crimes cause great concern in public under the condition that the government is persisting in anti-corruption movement.

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