Joe Liu


Joe Liu
Managing Counsel


Chinese (Hong Kong)

English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Education & Qualifications
LL.M., New York University
LL.M., London School of Economics and Political Science
LL.B., Wuhan University

Bar Admission
State of New York

Joe is Managing Counsel of HKIAC. Joe develops arbitration rules and procedures of HKIAC and promotes HKIAC’s dispute resolution services worldwide, particularly in Europe. He has acted as secretary to multiple tribunals in HKIAC-administered matters. Joe was instrumental in drafting the 2013 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules (the “2013 Rules”) and is a member of the HKIAC Rules Revision Committee that is currently considering amendments to the 2013 Rules. He is also a principal contributor to Moser & Bao, A Guide to the HKIAC Arbitration Rules – a detailed commentary to the 2013 Rules published by Oxford University Press.

Before joining HKIAC, Joe worked as a registered foreign lawyer at a leading international law firm in Hong Kong, acting in numerous international arbitrations under the HKIAC, UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and ICSID Rules. Before he moved into private practice, Joe worked as Assistant Counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and interned at the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Hong Kong High Court.


  • “Keep Calm and Arbitrate: Politics and international arbitration”, China Business Law Journal 2017

  • “Russia Turns East: The Use of Hong Kong Arbitration for Russian Disputes”, Kutafin University Law Review (forthcoming)

  • “The Emergence of Hong Kong Arbitration for Russian Disputes”, RAA Annual Report, 2016-2017

  • Contributor, A Guide to the HKIAC Arbitration Rules, Oxford University Press 2017

  • “HKIAC well-positioned as Belt & Road dispute resolution hub”, Asialaw, 2017

  • “Innovation in Asia”, The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review, 2016

  • “Lower cost makes arbitration a more attractive option”, China Business Law Journal, 2016

  • “Use of Arbitration in Cross-Border M&A Disputes”, Corporate Disputes, 2015

  • “Comforting trends in enforcement of foreign awards”, China Business Law Journal, 2015

  • Arbitration World, HKIAC Chapter, 5th Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015

  • Arbitration in Hong Kong – A Practical Guide, Chapters 6 and 7, 3rd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014

  • “Enforcement of Foreign Awards in Mainland China: Current Practices and Future Trends”, Journal of International Arbitration, 2014

  • “Mediation Meets Arbitration: The Experience of Med-Arb or Arb-Med in Mainland China and Hong Kong”, Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin, 2014

  • “The suitability of HKIAC arbitration for derivative disputes”, Asian-Mena Counsel, 2014

  • “Arbitration as the Preferred Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Derivative Contracts”, Corporate Disputes, 2014

  • “Hong Kong court strikes out first ever claim against HKIAC”, Asian Dispute Review, 2014

  • Drafted Chapters 6 and 7 of Arbitration in Hong Kong – A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011

  • Drafted Chapters 10-18 of The Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance, Commentary and Annotations, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011


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