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Reform of charity law in Hong Kong and Australia: what lessons can be learned from the United Kingdom?
Journal of Corporate Law Studies
  • John Kong Shan Ho, City University of Hong Kong
  • Rohan Price, University of Tasmania
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Article
Publication Date
1-1-2011
Peer Reviewed
Peer-Reviewed
Abstract

Since 2001, a number of common law jurisdictions have initiated reforms to their charity law and the United Kingdom has taken the lead. This article examines what Hong Kong and Australia can learn from the United Kingdom in reforming their own outdated and fragmented charity laws. It is contended that the lessons and experiences of the United Kingdom provide good insights for Hong Kong and Australia as each jurisdiction anticipates implementing a broadly similar regime to the United Kingdom's to modernize regulation of their charity sectors. This article contends that there is no need to make a choice between retaining judicial decision-making over charities (inconsistent as it is) and establishing a type of charity commission which makes determining charitable status akin to a decision of a government department. Instead, Hong Kong and Australia can have charity commissions with missions that are sensitive to their own legal terrains but which are subject to judicial review.

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Ho, JKS & Price, R 2011, 'Reform of charity law in Hong Kong and Australia: what lessons can be learned from the United Kingdom?', Asian Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 6, pp. 193-213.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S2194607800000557