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Our Legal System

Lady Justice statue above the building of Court of Final Appeal

Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy and retains its own common law legal system with features below:

  • Hong Kong is the only common law jurisdiction in China;
  • Courts in Hong Kong exercise independent judicial power, including the power of final adjudication;
  • Hong Kong Courts have built up a well-established commercial case law archive;
  • The legal system of Hong Kong is internationally renowned with high ranking;
  • Freedom of contract is well established in Hong Kong;
  • Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world;
  • The legal infrastructure in Hong Kong is well-established attracting overseas and Mainland Chinese companies to set up and do business in Hong Kong; and
  • Strong protection for intellectual property rights.
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