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    TRAN A803BF
    Hong Kong Legal System and Legal English
    TRAN A803BF
    Hong Kong Legal System and Legal English

    Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Poon, LLB (Northumbria University), MA (CityU), PhD (HKU)

    Important notes
    This course will be taught via face-to-face mode. Lectures and tutorials will be scheduled on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

    This course provides an overview of Hong Kong’s legal system. It will enhance students’ understanding of the language of law. Students will explore the use of English in a variety of legal contexts.

    This course aims to:

    • Enable students to explain the origin and sources of Hong Kong law, the law-making process, the judicial system, the civil and criminal trial processes, and the doctrine of stare decisis;

    • Teach students to distinguish the language characteristics of statutes and case law;

    • Instruct students to construe the meaning of a statute by applying the common law principles of statutory interpretation;

    • Provide students with an appreciation for the interrelation between law and English language.


    • Origin and sources of Hong Kong law

    • The law-making process

    • The judicial system

    • The civil and criminal trial processes

    • The doctrine of stare decisis

    • Statutes and case law

    • Statutory interpretation

    • Features of legal English

    Contact hours
    Two and a half hours per week.

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