"ANDREW LI AND KEMAL BOKHARY", to be published as "THE JUDICIAL RHETORIC OF A LIBERAL POLITY-
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AbstractThis Chapter discusses two prominent voices – those of the former Chief Justice, Andrew Li, and Mr. Justice Kemal Bokhary – as they were heard on Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal (CFA) during the period following the resumption of Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong.

My claim is not that Li and Bokhary were towering judges not because their judgments were necessarily analytically superior to those of their judicial brethren. Li was an undeniable force as Chief Justice during that founding era. As for Bokhary, he made his voice heard even when concurring. Together, theirs were judgments which drew together the basic threads of Hong Kong’s Basic Law to form a tapestry, especially as they concerned our freedoms, during a critical and agitated period. Often, they discussed the moral-political justifications for those freedoms. They tower, first, because their judgments were prominent. Secondly, because the events surrounding their work were equally prominent. Thirdly, perhaps most important of all, because constitutions neither reveal themselves nor can they be followed simply. They have, as Cass Sunstein once observed, first, to be explained.
Acceptance Date01/06/2019
All Author(s) ListChin Leng LIM
Name of ConferenceTowering Judges
Start Date of Conference25/01/2019
End Date of Conference26/01/2019
Place of ConferenceThe Chinese University of Hong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Year2019
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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