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The Common Law in Two VoicesLanguage, Law, and the Postcolonial Dilemma in Hong Kong$
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Kwai Hang Ng

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761642

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761642.001.0001

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Legal Bilingualism and the Postcolonial Dilemma

Legal Bilingualism and the Postcolonial Dilemma

(p.254) Chapter 9 Legal Bilingualism and the Postcolonial Dilemma
The Common Law in Two Voices
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This chapter sums up the core arguments of the book and locates the story of legal bilingualism within the context of the social transition of Hong Kong from colonialism to postcolonialism. It discusses the dilemma facing postcolonial Hong Kong shown by the challenge of legal bilingualism. English, historically the language of the colonizers, is now also a language of outreach and shelter for Hong Kong, provisionally foreclosing the merging of Hong Kong law into the murky waters of Chinese law. However, this chapter also argues that there is a price to be paid for a legal system that continues to use a language that most people in Hong Kong are less familiar with.

Keywords:   colonialism, Hong Kong, legal bilingualism, Chinese law, English legal system

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