Interview with Henry Litton (PART 1) – Separation of Powers

A recent hot topic is separation of powers. The Chief Executive, politicians and lawyers have expressed different views on whether there is the so-called “separation of powers” among the executive, the legislature and the judiciary in Hong Kong. For example, Mrs Carrie Lam said that there was no “separation of powers” in the city’s executive-led political system, but said there is judicial independence and a clear division of work between different branches of the administration, and there are checks and balances among the three branches of government. However, the HK Bar Association said that her point about no “separation of powers” was unfounded and inconsistent with the Basic Law. In your opinion, whose view is correct, and why?

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