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How should e-scooters be regulated in Hong Kong?


Electric mobility devices have been gaining popularity globally in recent years due to their low carbon emission and convenience. Some people expect this emerging technology can help reduce traffic, but accidents related to these devices also happen from time to time. How can Hong Kong strike a balance between development and safety?

Ways to combat cruel animal husbandry


The New York City Council passed the legislation in prohibiting the sale of foie gras to combat cruelty in the meat industry. Indeed, some parties believe that certification program could be a cure on animal welfare. How the standards of certification protect the welfare of livestock, as well as the additional production cost and monitoring of compliance with standards, will become the key factors in solving the issue.

Survey on public perceptions towards the rule of law in Hong Kong


The rule of law is the core value of Hong Kong society and an indispensable factor in maintaining the city’s long-term competitiveness. To gauge public views on the current situation of and perception changes in the rule of law in Hong Kong, the Centre has commissioned the CUHK to conduct the third round survey, which examines respondents’ opinions from five perspectives and 10 different aspects of the implementation of the rule of law.

2019 Youth movement III: Social participation behind the scene


Four months into the anti-government storm, thousands of young activists have taken to the streets and continued escalating violence to new levels. In addition, some political neophytes have decided to run for the coming District Council elections in November, in the hope of pushing for political reforms. How do young activists change their ways to make their voice heard over the past few years? How do these changes reshape the city’s political landscape?

Voting from abroad: Practical considerations for Hong Kong


Arrangements have been made for voting from abroad in many places, but Hong Kong is not one of them. As more and more Hong Kong people are likely to move to other places, whether and how Hong Kong should allow its residents living outside Hong Kong to cast their votes remotely warrants our attention.

Will imposing ‘meat tax’ instigate behavioural change?


Hong Kong has one of the highest levels of meat consumption per capita in the world. Will it still be the case if a tax is levied on meat consumption? What are the reasons behind supporters and opponents of the tax? What are the factors affecting the Government’s decision to impose meat tax?

Pros and cons of mandatory chemical castration for sex offenders


Sex crimes, especially sexual abuse of juveniles, are intolerable offences. In recent years, some countries have introduced ‘chemical castration’ as a form of punishment for sexual offenders, and some Hong Kong people urge the city to follow suit. This article discusses the scientific principles of chemical castration, as well as the developments and controversies of related legislation.

How to shorten the waiting time of driving tests?


In Hong Kong, the waiting time of road tests for driving license has become increasingly long due to the excess demand. Moreover, some driving test centres cannot always schedule road test appointments in office hours because of the acute shortage of driving examiners which would in turn further lengthen the waiting time. What can the Government learn from overseas experiences and improve the situation?