There are two required textbooks:
1) Hong Kong Media Law: A Guide for Journalists and Media Professionals (HKU Press 2007), which can be purchased at the university bookstore and the HKU Press showroom on campus. Some updates for Hong Kong Media Law are posted on the book website: http://jmsc.hku.hk/sites/hkmedialaw/
2) International Libel & Privacy Handbook: A Global Reference for Journalists, Publishers, Webmasters and Lawyers, 2d ed. (Bloomberg Press 2009), with a limited number of copies available on a first-come basis at the JMSC office. You can also order online or get the e-book edition. We will keep two desk copies at the JMSC; other copies are available at the HKU Law Library.
In addition to these two books, there may be references to chapters and sections from a variety of other texts, including:
• Banks and Hanna, McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, 20th ed. (Oxford U Press 2009)
• Robertson & Nicol on Media Law, 5th ed. (Sweet & Maxwell London 2007)
• Nicol, Millar & Sharland, Media Law & Human Rights, 2d ed (Oxford U Press 2009)
• Fu, Peterson and Young S., eds, National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Legislation Under Scrutiny, (HKU Press 2005)
• Crook, Comparative Media Law and Ethics (Routledge 2009)
• Kenyon, Defamation: Comparative Law and Practice (Routledge 2006)
• Stephenson and Kwan, Cyberlaw in Hong Kong, 2d ed (Lexis Nexis 2007)
• Trager, Russomanno and Ross, The Law of Journalism and Mass Communication, 2d ed., (CQ Press 2010)
• The First Amendment Handbook, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Available at: http://www.rcfp.org/handbook/index.html
The readings for each class will be listed in the order of importance with the most important grouped under “Primary.” These are considered essential for that particular topic.
For some classes, there may also be a second group of readings categorized as “Supplementary,” which are recommended for assistance in understanding the primary readings and for general comprehension in the field.
Students are responsible for obtaining their own copies of all reading materials. However, in some cases, especially for supplementary reading, copies will be posted on the course Web site or held in reserve at the JSMC office.
Additional readings may be substituted or added as the semester progresses, at the discretion of the professor. Please refer to the course website for any updates.
In addition to the readings, students are expected to view daily newspapers, news websites and other media outlets to keep abreast of current media law developments and cases.