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Russian delegation briefed about rule of law

Hong Kong, 22 November 2019: Hong Kong’s Basic Law and the independence of the city’s judiciary were discussed in detail when Colin Cohen gave a presentation to a group of visiting Russian lawyers yesterday.

Colin outlined the history of Hong Kong and the circumstances that led to the Basic Law being drafted before the handover of power from the United Kingdom to China in 1997, the principle of “one country, two systems” and the continuation of common law and rules of equity.

He presented a series of case studies to illustrate how Hong Kong’s judicial system works, including this week’s High Court ruling which declared the government’s controversial anti-mask law, introduced on 5 October in an effort to quell the city’s ongoing protests, to be unconstitutional.

“The timing of the presentation was appropriate given Monday’s High Court judgment, which was a perfect illustration of how the Basic Law and independent judiciary form the bedrock of rule of law in Hong Kong,” said Colin, Senior Partner in Boase Cohen & Collins.

“The visiting lawyers were especially interested in the judicial process and court hierarchy. They were surprised to hear about cases which have lasted for more than a decade and have gone all the way to the Court of Final Appeal.”

The delegates, including legal professionals from Moscow, St Petersburg and other major Russian cities, are in Hong Kong on a week-long educational tour. Their itinerary has included visits to the High Court and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The presentation was hosted by BC&C’s associate firm, Charltons, and featured a welcome and introduction from Principal Partner Julia Charlton.

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Colin Cohen is pictured with the visiting delegation from Russia while (below) he is presented with a bottle of Russian ice wine by Moscow-based lawyer Irina Kuznetsova.

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