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Basic Law Drafting History Online

The Drafting Materials database houses a collection of almost 900 documents prepared or used by various official bodies and individuals from 1985 to 1990, when the Basic Law was drafted and promulgated, and from 1990 to 1997, when preparations were made for the resumption of sovereignty. The collection was assembled and scanned from documents publicly available in Hong Kong. The materials are mostly in the Chinese language, although some English materials are available. The Search function allows searching by title, author, language, date and document type. In future releases, we aim to provide a full-text search function for all documents. Users can also Browse the database by author, date, official body and draft versions of the Basic Law.

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For questions and comments about this database, please contact the Centre for Comparative and Public Law.
Release 2.0 (December 2008)
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