Separation of Powers

Most states in the world allocate the governmental powers to the executive, judicial and legislative branches. However, separation is just the first step' checks and balances are more important.

Learning Objective

  • Understand the theoretical basis of the separation of powers

  • Understand the functions of the different governmental branches

  • Analyse how the branches can check and balance each others

Note: all teaching plans shared on this website are prepared by the ROLE team of HKU students and teachers. The materials are meant to be a suggestion of issues to cover. Teachers are suggested to adopt the materials with necessary adjustment according to the situations in their own classes.