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Singapore court decision: UKM v Attorney-General [2018] SGHCF 18 -
Singapore court allows gay man’s application to adopt biological son conceived through surrogate mother
Singapore court decision: UKM v Attorney-General [2018] SGHCF 18 Facts: The appellant had been in a long-term relationship with his same-sex partner. They decided to raise a child together and paid a surrogate mother in the United States to carry and deliver a baby conceived through in vitro fertilisation, in which procedure the appellant’s sperm and the egg of an anonymous donor were used. Subsequently, the surrogate mother gave birth to the appellant’s biological son (“th ...
Volunteer Rescuers and Good Samaritan Law in Hong Kong
30 November, 2018 While the debut of the blue mannequin-like Fire Services Department mascot “Anyone” (“任何仁”), as well as the message it promotes (“Anyone can save lives in emergencies!”), has become massively popular in Hong Kong, it has also raised some concerns about whether those who attempt to follow this message may be held legally liable for doing so if something goes wrong with the rescue attempt. Hong Kong follows the English common law position, wh ...
English court decision: Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom finds that receptionists at A&E departments owe a tortious duty of care to patients not to provide inaccurate/ misleading information regarding waiting times.
Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50 Facts: A 26 year-old man Michael Darnley sought assistance at an Accident and Emergency (“A&E”) department in a hospital in the United Kingdom which was managed by the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust after he was struck on the head by an unknown assailant. The receptionist informed Darnley that he would have to wait up to 4-5 hours before someone could attend to him. However, the usual practice of the A&E Depart ...
Hong Kong court decision: Lam Wing Hei & another v Hospital Authority
A baby’s negligence claim against the Hospital Authority for failing to inform her mother at the time of the pregnancy of the baby’s chromosomal defect and the associated risk of disabilities was barred by statute and not permitted by common law.
Lam Wing Hei (a minor suing by her mother and next friend Lam Tsz Kiu) and Lam Tsz Kiu v Hospital Authority [2018] 2 HKLRD 1441 The Hong Kong Court of First Instance recently held in the case of Lam Wing Hei (a minor suing by her mother and next friend Lam Tsz Kiu) and Lam Tsz Kiu v Hospital Authority [2018] 2 HKLRD 1441 that, even if the Hospital Authority failed to advise the mother (the second plaintiff) of the material risk of the baby being born seriously deformed so that she may conside ...
法律學者倡改強制入院制 增保障精神病者 (Chinese article)
Date: 4 Sep, 2017 Publisher: Ming Pao Hyperlink: https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20170904/s00002/1504462334707
Daisy Cheung Interviewed on Compulsory Mental Health Treatment in Hong Kong
Date: 4 Sep, 2017 Publisher: HKU Legal Scholarship Blog The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL) hosted a two-day conference (25-26 August 2017) on compulsory mental health treatment in Hong Kong and the way forward.  The conference featured philosophical, human rights, legal and medical perspectives.  The speakers included a judge from the United Kingdom, medical practitioners and academics from the UK, New Zealand, the United States, and Hong Kong.  The confere ...

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