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Sebastian Ko

April 26, 2019

Sebastian is a lawtech and regtech expert. He was formerly senior legal counsel and Asia regional head of e-discovery review at a global leading legal technology solutions company. Previously, he practised financial regulatory law and commercial dispute resolution in international firms. Ko founded the first Asia access to justice tech hackathon and is founding chairman […]

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The Unified Screening Mechanism: Hong Kong to Assess Refugee Claims Alongside Torture Claims

November 20, 2014

The UNHCR previously had the role of assessing and determining refugee claims (“persecution claims”) in Hong Kong in accordance with Art. 33 of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (1951) (“Refugee Convention”). The UNHCR has now ceased its refugee screening mechanism and has implemented the ‘Unified Screening Mechanism’ (“USM”) in response to  the […]

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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ruled on refugee law gateway issue

April 1, 2013

On 25 March 2013, the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) in Hong Kong unanimously allowed an appeal by three asylum seekers, C, KMF and BF. The appeal is based on the repatriation orders of the Director of Immigration (DOI) of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), which were made after the […]

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Legalization of Abortion on Three Grounds in Chile

February 1, 2018

After having a full abortion ban for over 100 years and the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America, Chile created three non-punishable exceptions to its abortion ban in September of 2017, after the Senate approved, by a slim margin, legislation introduced by President Michelle Bachelet. Chile’s former abortion ban allowed only indirect, not direct […]

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