Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal
Published online: 26 Sep 2021
Abstract: This case note examines the judicial controls on emergency powers established by the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal in Kwok Wing Hang v Chief Executive in Council  HKCFA 42. It argues that, despite the Court’s promises to the contrary, none of those controls offer a meaningful constraint on the Chief Executive in Council’s power to enact regulations under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance (Cap 241). It also observes that the Court’s flawed articulation of the judicial controls is of cautionary value for courts in the United Kingdom interpreting the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.