The Rule of Law Education Project is a Knowledge Exchange initiative of the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong.
About the seminar: Election systems vary, but all - good, bad and mediocre - are regarded as democratic. For the most part, decision-making systems do not. They could. Apart from majority voting, there are several multi-option methodologies, including a few preferential ones. But nearly everyone uses the divisive and primitive 2,500-year-old majority vote; and, based on this voting procedure, practice a majoritarian form of governance, majority rule.
If, however, this binary voting were to be replaced by the more accurate - and therefore more democratic - preferential points system, which is non-majoritarian, there would be no further justification for majority rule. Instead, governance could be based on all-party coalitions.
Thus the power of the executive could be (further) constrained. Donald Trump would have to co-operate with the Democrats. The lsraelis with the Arabs, and so on. At a time when Europe is once again witnessing the rise of the far right, a move to such an inclusive form of governance is both urgent and essential.
About the speaker: Peter Emerson, the child of an Irish Protestant father and an English Catholic mother, lives in Northern lreland where of course, majority rule was part of the problem. He is the founder and director of the de Borda lnstitute, which promotes the use of preferential voting in decision-making, especially in conflict zones like the former Yugoslavia - he speaks Russian - and Xinjiang - 他在学习中文。
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The Rule of Law Education Project, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong invites you to participate in this research project conducted by Mr. Benny Yiu-ting Tai, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. This is a research project concerning the development of the rule of law in Hong Kong. The objective is to ascertain the views of Hong Kong people on the present situation and the future development of Hong Kong’s rule of law.
Election systems vary, but all - good, bad and mediocre - are regarded as democratic.