Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill Formally Withdrawn

On 4 September 2019, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, in a televised address, confirmed the formal withdrawal of the Extradition Bill permitting extradition to mainland China.

The Hong Kong Extradition Bill sought to allow the Hong Kong administration to enter into “special arrangements” with China to facilitate the extradition of individuals on a case by case basis. The decision formally to withdraw the controversial Bill comes after months of large scale protests among the Hong Kong population as well as international condemnation.

Edward Fitzgerald QC, Joe Middleton and Graeme Hall advised Joseph Lau, a prominent Hong Kong businessman, on the constitutional challenges to the proposed Extradition Bill. They were instructed by Peter Sit of Sit, Fung, Kwong and Shum.