Margaret Ng

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Justice is the soul of the law without which the rule of law descends to the level of rule by force, even if it is force by majority.

Margaret Ng Ngoi-Yee (Chinese: 吳靄儀; born 25 January 1948) is a barrister, politician and writer at Hong Kong. She was a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1995–2012.

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  • So why should people respect and obey the law? There are, of course, many answers, but the answer I gave myself is this: we can ask people to obey the law if it is the best approximation to justice. Which implies that we are duty bound to listen to criticisms of the law, and make sincere efforts to make the law better, and correct mistakes as much as possible. Justice is the soul of the law without which the rule of law descends to the level of rule by force, even if it is force by majority.
  • I understand Sir Thomas More is the patron saint of the legal profession [...]. His famous last words were well authenticated. I beg to slightly adapt and adopt them: I stand the law's good servant but the people's first. For the law must serve the people, not the people the law.
    • Statement she gave before sentencing over a peaceful assembly, as quoted in "Hong Kong barrister Margaret Ng’s mitigation plea given before she was sentenced over a peaceful 2019 demo" (16 April 2021)

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