Journal Article

Implementing Security Council Resolutions in Hong Kong: An Examination of the United Nations Sanctions Ordinance

Cheng Yan Ki Bonnie

in Chinese Journal of International Law

Volume 7, issue 1, pages 65-98
Published in print March 2008 | ISSN: 1540-1650
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1746-9937 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/chinesejil/jmm048
Implementing Security Council Resolutions in Hong Kong: An Examination of the United Nations Sanctions Ordinance

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The United Nations Sanctions Ordinance is the primary legal basis of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for implementing the United Nations Security Council's resolutions. However, there are concerns that the Ordinance is potentially violating the separation of powers in its delegation of regulation-making authority to the executive. There are also criticisms against the expediency of the Ordinance as a mechanism for enforcing Security Council sanctions. Against this background, this paper attempts to examine the separation of powers doctrine, its place in HKSAR's constitutional system and its relevance to the Ordinance. On the issue of expediency, this paper focuses on the scope and speed of implementing the sanctions, and the human rights and criminal justice problems it involves. For comparative purposes, references are to be made to the law of the USA, Canada and Singapore.

Journal Article.  17693 words. 

Subjects: International Law

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