The Emergence of Constitutional Conventions<sup>1</sup>

Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo

in The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099081
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207547 | DOI:
The Emergence of Constitutional Conventions1

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The concept of conventions emerged from British scholars who wrote on the relationships between law and politics. Among these British scholars is Sir Ivor Jennings who distinguished conventions from non-obligatory usages or practices. To him, conventions are supported by constitutional reasons and principles and are a homogenous group of rules. This chapter examines the emergence of constitutional conventions in HKSAR. It refers to the case of Hong Kong to illuminate the evolution of conventions from the British regime to the Chinese governance, with special focus and emphasis on the resignations of principal officials of HKSAR.

Keywords: conventions; constitutional conventions; British regime; Chinese governance; principal officials; HKSAR

Chapter.  10104 words. 

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