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Hong Kong Basic Law Portal

Provide UTL & Internet resources for the research of the Hong Kong Basic Law, which is the constitutional basis for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

Hong Kong National Security Law

The NPCSC (National People's Congress Standing Committee) passed the law unanimously on 30 June 2020 and listed it under Annex III of the Basic Law. 

National Security Law explained by the HK Government

The Hong Kong National Security Law is officially the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. 

"The NPC (National People’s Congress) Standing Committee passed “The Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region” at its 20th meeting on 30 June for inclusion in Annex III to the Basic Law according to Article 18 of the Basic Law. The law was gazetted and took effect on the same day in the HKSAR." (Source: National Security Law Pamphlet)

Safeguarding National Security in Hong Kong (official website)

Media Coverage

First try searching "security law Hong Kong" or "港區國安法" in the following newspaper databases. Set the time period to start from January, 2020.

Then try more combinations of search terms identified in your initial searches. 

Responses and Analyses- Law societies

Balancing Freedom and Security: the Hong Kong National Security Law 港區國安法:平衡自由與安全

A seminar organized by the Faculty of Law and its research Centers on July 4, 2020

Security Laws in Singapore and Hong Kong: A Comparison

A seminar organized by the Faculty of Law and its research Centers on July 25, 2020. 

Selected academic publications on national security legislation in Hong Kong

Fu, H., Petersen, C. J., & Young, S. N. (2005). National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong's Article 23 Under Scrutiny (Vol. 1). Hong Kong University Press.

Holliday, I., Ngok, M., & Yep, R. (2004). After 1997: The Dialectics of Hong Kong Dependence. Journal of Contemporary Asia34(2), 254-270.

Kellogg, T. (2003). Legislating Rights: Basic Law Article 23, National Security, and Human Rights in Hong Kong. Colum. J. Asian L.17, 307.

Ma*, N. (2005). Civil society in self-defense: The struggle against national security legislation in Hong Kong. Journal of Contemporary China14(44), 465-482.