Hong Kong Legal History Quiz #21

Having plumbed the depths of Hong Kong (and a bit of Chinese) legal history, Hong Kong Lawyer's legal history quiz will now principally focus on common law and Asian jurisdictions.


1. When did the constitution of the United States of America come into force?

A. 1776
B. 1788
C. 1789
D. 1801

2. What year was the Hong Kong Basic Law enacted?

A. 1978
B. 1984
C. 1990
D. 1997

3. Which of the following countries have renounced war in their constitutions?

A. People’s Republic of China
B. Japan
C. South Africa
D. The Philippines
E. Costa Rica
F. Denmark

4. The current Constitution of the People’s Republic of China was enacted in what year?

A. 1949
B. 1956
C. 1978
D. 1982

5. The Magna Carta was signed in which year?

A. 1215
B. 1216
C. 1217
D. 1225

6. Which of the following jurisdictions does not have a Bill of Rights?

A. Canada
B. Australia
C. United States of America
D. Hong Kong

7. The current constitution of which country was drafted in a foreign language and then translated into the official language of the country?

A. Germany
B. Japan
C. South Korea
D. Panama

8. The People’s Republic of China enacted its first Constitution in which year?

A. 1949
B. 1950
C. 1954
D. 1978

9. Which country has an unwritten constitution?

A. United Kingdom
B. United States of America
C. Iran
D. Canada

10. The current constitution of the Republic of China makes provision for the election of delegates from Mongolia to the National Assembly.

A. True
B. False


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Congratulations: We would like to congratulate Kelly She, Vice President, Barclays Capital Asia Limited, the winner of our Legal History Quiz #20.



Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice