Macau | Greater Bay Area Initiative opportunity to review city's legal system - scholar

The development of the Greater Bay Area Initiative provides an opportunity for the city to perform an overall review and to improve its legal system, MUST professor stated

Macau (MNA) – The development of the Greater Bay Area Initiative provides an opportunity for the city to perform an overall review and to improve its legal system, said Professor Fang Quan from the Faculty of Law at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Prior to her talk at the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Development Forum 2017 on Tuesday at MUST, Professor Fang said the three different legal systems between the Special Administrative Regions (SARs) and the Mainland has long been a challenge to tackle in joint development.

“Take the example of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge […]. Many would ask whether left-hand or right-hand traffic would be implemented or which authority would be responsible when issues arise when using the Bridge,” Professor Fang said.

She proposed three major approaches for the better use of the legal systems in the SARs and to integrate the initiative. Professor Fang said the three regions should have the same goal when co-operating with each other. However, she pointed out that the three regions should also have their own positions.

“For instance, Macau [has its positions] as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure, as well as a Sino-Luso platform,” said Professor Fang.

In addition, she indicated that each region should also determine their own objectives for legislation.

“Like for Macau, we might focus more on legal support on territorial waters, land, urban planning and transportation,” said Professor Fang, adding that the aforementioned areas for legislation are also important areas for better integration of the Greater Bay Area Initiative.

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