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A speech by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave to the Hong Kong Society

The Importance of the Judiciary and the Bar and the ‘One Country Two Systems’ principle in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is blessed with a strong Bar and one that values its independence. A strong and independent Bar is one of the hallmarks of a Common Law system. Barristers should not afraid to speak out on legal issues which affect the community. Barristers should feel free to act fearlessly in the public interest, both for and against the Government. The Hong Kong Bar has been very active in promoting advocacy training amongst its members and has played a leading role in the International Advocacy Council (IATC), which draws together the Advocacy Training Councils of numerous Common Law jurisdictions, including the ATC of the Bar of England & Wales which I used to chair.

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