Legal Trivia Quiz #42

This month, we test readers’ knowledge of the Basic Law..

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

1. The Basic Law was promulgated by a decree signed by which person?

A. Deng Xiaoping
B. Chris Patten
C. Yang Shangkun
D. Tung Chee-hwa

2. True or False: The English translation of the Basic Law is treated as being equally authentic as the Chinese text.

A. True
B. False

3. Which of the following mainland laws is not listed as applying in Hong Kong under the Basic Law?

A. Nationality Law
B. Resolution on the National Day of the People’s Republic of China
C. Law on Judicial Immunity from Compulsory Measures concerning the Property of Foreign Central Banks
D. Law on National Defence

4. Who is given authority to issue Hong Kong currency under the Basic Law

B. Standard Chartered Bank
C. Bank of China
D. The Government of Hong Kong
E. All of the above

5. What types of foreign ships need central government approval to enter Hong Kong waters?

A. All foreign ships
B. Foreign warships
C. Ships carrying dangerous goods

6. Under the Basic Law, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong is accountable to whom?

A. The Central People’s Government
C. The people of Hong Kong

7. May a Chief Executive serve more than two terms in office?

A. Yes
B. Yes, provided they are not consecutive
C. No

8. Under the Basic Law, may members of the Executive Council be foreign nationals?

A. Yes
B. No
C. Up to 20 percent may be foreign nationals

9. Under the Basic Law, may judges be recruited from overseas jurisdictions?

A. No.
B. Yes, but they must be Hong Kong permanent residents.
C. Yes, provided they are from common law jurisdictions.
D. Yes, without any restrictions.

10. Which body has the power to amend the Basic Law?

A. The National People’s Congress
B. The Standing Committee of the NPC
C. Hong Kong Legislative Council

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #41

  1. B. Res ipsa loquitor means “the thing speaks for itself”.
  2. C. An accused is required to have committed an actus reus and had the mens rea (mental state) to do so.
  3. A. Inter alia means “among other things”.
  4. B. In camera hearings are held in private.
  5. C. Lex mean law.
  6. B. Animus possidendi is used in adverse possession cases to refer to an intention to possess.
  7. C. Non est factum means “it is not [my] deed”.
  8. B. If a judge suggests an argument is a tabula in naufragio (a plank in a shipwreck), it is time to move to a better point.
  9. C. Functus Officio means that an official no longer has power to deal with a matter.
  10. A. Habeas Corpus literally means “that you have the body”.

We would like to congratulate Ada Chan, Group Legal Counsel, Shun Hing Electronic Trading Co. Ltd., the winner of our Legal Quiz #41.



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