UK CIVIL PARTNERSHIP REGISTRATION IN HONG KONG UNDER THE VIENNA CONVENTION ON CONSULAR RELATIONS AND STRASBOURG JURISPRUDENCE

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Whether an individual has a right to marry another person of the same sex has garnered tremendous judicial, political and scholarly attention worldwide in the past two decades. Whilst such a right has not yet been recognised by English laws, as of December 2005 the United Kingdom confers legal recognition, in the form of civil partnership, on a same-sex couple who desires such recognition. Under section 210 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004, a civil partnership may be registered abroad at a British embassy or consulate. With half of its more than seven million population holding British National (Overseas) nationality and a substantial number of British expatriates, Hong Kong provides an interesting case study on the viability of civil partnership registration abroad and the effects of section 210 under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • Until 2007 the King's Law Journal was known as the King's College Law Journal. It was established in 1990 as a legal periodical publishing scholarly and authoritative Articles, Notes and Reports on legal issues of current importance to both academic research and legal practice. It has a national and international readership, and publishes refereed contributions from authors across the United Kingdom, from continental Europe and further afield (particularly Commonwealth countries and USA). The journal includes a Reviews section containing critical notices of recently published books.
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