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December 2013
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In the years since it was established on 1 July 1997, Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal has developed a distinctive body of new law and doctrine with the help of eminent foreign common law judges. Under the leadership of Chief Justice Andrew Li, it has also remained independent under Chinese sovereignty and become a model for other Asian final courts working to maintain the rule of law, judicial independence and professionalism in challenging political environments. In this book, leading practitioners, jurists and academics examine the Court's history, operation and jurisprudence, and provide a comparative analysis with European courts and China's other autonomous final court in Macau. It also makes use of extensive empirical data compiled from the jurisprudence to illuminate the Court's decision-making processes and identify the relative impacts of the foreign and local judges.


'Professors Young and Ghai’s book contains a profuse wealth of data and accompanying critical commentary that covers every conceivable major aspect of the CFA’s work.'

Source: The Cambridge Law Journal

'A fruitful perspective … [a] pioneering work.'

Roda Mushkat Source: Journal of International and Comparative Law

'Yash Ghai and Simon Young have succeeded in bringing out an excellent book, an indispensable guide to the working of the judiciary in Hong Kong's new constitutional and legal system.'

Anton Cooray Source: Asia Pacific Law Review

'This masterful volume is an essential read for all who are interested in the development of law in Hong Kong and the PRC and questions about judicial economy generally.'

Pitman B. Potter Source: Pacific Affairs

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