A high percentage of Hong Kong cases involve a party from outside of Hong Kong, and there is often a strong desire from one of the parties for Hong Kong law to apply to that dispute. Many people also keep substantial assets in Hong Kong and thus it is frequently the case that a plaintiff who has been successful in foreign proceedings will want to enforce this judgment in Hong Kong. Therefore, where a legal dispute in Hong Kong has a foreign element, important issues that can arise are: does Hong Kong law or a foreign law apply and should the dispute be heard in Hong Kong or in a foreign jurisdiction. In addition, if the case goes ahead in a foreign country can this judgment be enforced in Hong Kong? These are some of the significant issues that the rules on conflict of laws are designed to resolve.
As Hong Kong conflict of laws rules are based on English common law rules (which have largely been replaced with European rules that have little relevance in Hong Kong), it can be difficult to find sources on this topic aside from older editions of English textbooks. This text book is designed to address these issues by setting out in a clear, easy to read style the fundamental principles of the subject in a Hong Kong context. Its principal aim is to provide a good basic understanding of the subject which will then enable the reader to develop a more specialist knowledge of the subject.
""For practitioners and students who want to understand the essential aspects of conflict of laws without delving into the heavier text of standard reference works, this book is an excellent practical guide." - Allen Leung, Solicitor; Partner, Dentons Hong Kong LLP; Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Law Society's Working Party on Civil Justice Reform; Member of the Law Reform Commission
"I have no doubt that this book will be very valuable both to those who seek a good introduction to the conflict of laws, and am confident that it will soon become a starting point for the study of the subject in Hong Kong." - Aarif Barma, Justice of Appeal, Court of Appeal, High Court of the HKSAR"