Responses to questions on notice: Matters relating to two treaties with Hong Kong
On 24 September 2020, the Law Council of Australia appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (Committee) following an invitation to provide evidence to the Committee’s inquiry into matters relating to Australia’s Extradition Agreement and Mutual Legal Assistance Agreement with Hong Kong.
This supplementary submission addresses three matters that were raised by the Committee during the Law Council’s appearance, which the Law Council took on notice. These matters relate to:
- the presence of Australian jurists currently serving on courts or tribunals in Hong Kong;
- other legal arrangements between Australian and Hong Kong that may be affected by the implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – also known as the National Security Law (NSL); and
- knowledge of arrests of dual citizens (or foreigners) residing in Hong Kong, under the NSL.
Read the full submission below.