A Progressive Law with Weak Enforcement?: An Empirical Study of Hong Kong's Disability Law

Carole J. Petersen


Although Hong Kong's Disability Discrimination Ordinance has been in force since 1996, only a handful of cases have been litigated because the enforcement model encourages confidential conciliation of complaints. This article reports on the first empirical study of Hong Kong's enforcement process, drawing upon a random sample of 451 complaint files and interviews with EOC officers, complainants, representatives of disability rights organizations and respondents. The study reveals weaknesses in the enforcement model and also calls into question the assumption that Chinese complainants will prefer a model based upon conciliation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/dsq.v25i4.625

Copyright (c) 2005 Carole J. Petersen

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