Hong Kong Treaty Project
In an effort to document legal changes during Hong Kong’s initial transition to Chinese sovereignty, the Centre developed the Hong Kong Treaty Project archive which documents the status of international treaties applicable to Hong Kong before and after 1 July 1997 and until May 1998.
Prior to July 1997 Hong Kong's participation in the international community was underpinned by over 400 international treaties which regulated a wide range of activities. Since China was not a party to most of the treaties applied to Hong Kong under British rule there was a danger that, if nothing were done before the change of sovereignty, these would lapse on 30 June 1997. For more than a decade from 1985 the International Rights and Obligations Sub-Group of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group set about identifying multilateral and bilateral treaties which they agreed were critical to Hong Kong and to take steps to ensure that they would continue to apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
The Hong Kong Treaty Project compiled a Hong Kong Treaty Database which is available on-line and can be used to research the status of international treaties applicable to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Find information concerning the applicability of treaties to Hong Kong prior to the change of sovereignty, and their applicability to the People's Republic of China. Links are provided to further research sources on the Internet.
This material is made available for information purposes only, and the Centre for Comparative and Public Law assumes no liability whatsoever with regard to the accuracy of this data. Should any errors and other deficiencies come to your attention, or if you wish to suggest any improvements, please send us your comments by email.
This publication in its electronic form should be cited as: “Hong Kong Treaty Project, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, as available at http://www.hku.hk/ccpl/ on (date on which the material was accessed).”