Legal History Quiz #25

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

The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister. Suggestions for questions to appear in next month’s journal are most welcome.


1. Under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong courts do not have the power of final adjudication in relation to what matters?

A. Defence
B. Foreign Affairs
C. Relations between the central authorities and Hong Kong
D. All of the above

2. Prior to 1997, in Hong Kong, the High Court was subordinate to the Supreme Court.

A. True
B. False

3. Does a party have the right to use Gaelic in legal proceedings in Scotland?

A. Yes, in all cases
B. Only in civil cases in certain courts
C. Only in criminal cases.
D. No

4. President Obama is admitted to practice as a lawyer in which jurisdiction?

A. Hawaii
B. Illinois
C. Kenya
D. Washington, DC

5. The British Supreme Court for China and Japan was headquarted in which city?

A. Peking
B. Tokyo (Edo)
C. Shanghai
D. Yokohama
E. London

6. Why the does the flag of Hawaii include the British Union Jack?

A. It was a British colony.
B. To honour its friendship with Britain.
C. It does not include the British Union Jack.

7. The Australian High Court is the final appellate court for which of the following countries?

A. Tonga
B. Fiji
C. Nauru
D. Papua New Guinea

8. Which of the following countries currently has a female Chief Justice?

A. Australia
B. Canada
C. New Zealand
D. South Africa

9. What is the final appellate court in Singapore?

A. The Privy Council
B. The Singapore Court of Appeal
C. The Federal Court of Malaysia

10. Which former Hong Kong judge has been appointed as a judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court?

A. Anthony Rogers
B. Andrew Li
C. Anselmo Reyes
D. Henry Litton

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We would like to congratulate Beverly Yee, Senior Associate, Smyth & Co in association with RPC, the winner of our Legal History Quiz #24.


1. A. Seduction has not been abolished as a cause of action in Hong Kong.
2. A. True. Section 5 of the Summary Offences Ordinance prohibits the transport of nightsoil.
3. C. Outlawry was abolished in 1911 by s. 47 of the Criminal Procedure Ordinance.
4. B. False. Under the 1737 Administration of Justice (Language) Act (Ireland) only English may be used as an official language in the courts of Northern Ireland.
5. C. John Roberts was a partner of Hogan & Harston (now Hogan Lovells).
6. B. Under s. 4 of the Passes Ordinance, all Chinese were required to carry a pass between 9 pm and sunrise in the City of Victoria.
7. A. Charles Loseby served in the House of Commons as the member for Bradford East from 1918 to 1922.
8. D. Brook Bernacchi arrived in Hong Kong as a marine with the British forces after WWII.
9. B. Lord Neuberger was a merchant banker prior to becoming a barrister.
10. D. Under the convention leasing the New Territories, the landing place near Kowloon City was reserved for Chinese men-at war, merchant ships and passenger vessels.



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