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The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong RelationsA Model for Taiwan?$
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Sonny Shiu-hing Lo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099081

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099081.001.0001

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The Emergence of Constitutional Conventions1

The Emergence of Constitutional Conventions1

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(p.109) 4 The Emergence of Constitutional Conventions1
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The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations
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Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099081.003.0005

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

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