The ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in Arbitration Proceedings will publish its widely anticipated Data Protection Roadmap in June. The HKIAC and other arbitration institutions have been strong supporters of the task force's work, and would like to invite you to a grab bag lunch on 18 June at 1 PM to discuss data protection with Sarah Grimmer, Secretary General of the HKIAC, and Kathleen Paisley, co-chair of the task force. The lunch will be an informal round table discussion, and questions are encouraged.Read more
- FULL HOUSE -
Aimed at law school students at Shanghai-based universities who are interested in arbitration, this event will provide details on why parties choose to arbitrate in Hong Kong, and in particular why parties use HKIAC as the arbitral institution.Read more
The Hong Kong Launch of Dr Michael Hwang SC's "Selected Essays on Dispute Resolution"
MICHAEL HWANG SC is well-known to the Hong Kong arbitration community from his frequent visits and talks over the years. Last December he published a new book called "Selected Essays on Dispute Resolution": a collection of various essays written by him over the years, mainly on the subject of international arbitration, but also on other related topics which have attracted his interest over his 50 years in the law. As this volume was published to mark his 50th anniversary as a practising lawyer, it opens with an essay on his reminiscences and reflections on his career as a lawyer. There then follows essays on a diversity of topics in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. This volume also includes essays on Mediation and International and Domestic Law, reflecting his broader interests in other areas of law.
This evening will have a replay of the video of that event in Singapore with Dr Hwang in attendance to add additional comments and answer questions and of course to sign books for those who wish to acquire copies. As with his first volume, the book is distributed on a complimentary basis, but those who acquire copies are invited to make donations of HKD 600 to Mother's Choice.Read more
Please join us as we continue with our roadshow around the globe to show case our new 2018 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules. We will be coming to New York on 11 June 2019 and London on 19 June 2019 where we will have roundtable discussions with a panel of legal experts on the new Rules through a case study. In particular, the panel will consider the Rules in relation to effective and efficient management of complex arbitrations, including provisions on joinder, consolidation, single arbitration under multiple contracts and concurrent proceedings, as well as other key features of the Rules.
The panel will also discuss the latest trends coming out of Hong Kong and Asia, including an update on China's Belt & Road Initiative and on Hong Kong's role in dispute resolution involving Chinese and foreign parties, as well as recent developments at HKIAC relevant to such disputes.Read more
The following topics would be covered in this Mediation Talk:
- How to deal with an opponent who is hostile to mediation?
- How to deal with an opponent who shows obvious signs that he is insincere about the mediation as soon as it is started?
- Lawyers' role at the mediation
- How useful is pre-mediation conference?
- Are joint sessions helpful or should parties go straight to caucus?
- How to deal with an intransigent client or opponent?
- What can be used when doing reality test?
- When should the mediator 'call it a day'?
- Problems faced / experienced by mediators/parties
- Choice of mediator Read more
The Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), in collaboration with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is organising the first Asia edition of the ASA Arbitration Practice Seminar from 24-26 May 2019 in Da Nang, Vietnam. This retreat style conference has been successfully held in Europe for over 20 years, bringing together experienced arbitration practitioners to contribute to the debates, and to build on their own knowledge of international arbitration.
During the course of two days, sessions will be led jointly by two discussion leaders, one with a common law background and the other with a civil law background, and participants will be invited to share experiences, questions and ideas in lively debates. Discussions can continue over luncheons, at cocktail receptions and at dinners all of which are included as part of the conference experience.
Who should attend?
The seminar is designed for those - arbitrators, counsel, in-house lawyers, experts - who wish to continue building on their international arbitration knowledge and practice and to benefit from the discussion leaders' combined experience and expertise.
The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is pleased to host its second biennial Hong Kong Business and Legal Summit with a focus on Africa. Together with the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organisation (AALCO), this Summit will bring together business leaders and legal experts to discuss the opportunities and challenges of investing in Africa.
- The African-Asian century? The economic rise of the regional relationship
- Overview of Africa's economic direction and investment opportunities
- Getting the deal done: Africa-China dialogue on energy and infrastructure
- Project finance: Who pays and what are the risks?
- Planning ahead: Effective strategies for mitigating risk Read more
Mediators work with people who are working with the issues between them.
Mediation is essentially an assisted negotiation and while direct negotiation between the parties is the most efficient way of resolving disputes if this breaks down, the next best option is to involve a neutral third party to assist, utilising a process framework which makes fruitful discussion safe and potentially productive.
How does this happen? While all mediations are unique, at the same time there are some recurrent themes around the people aspects of disputes that can emerge. Mediators use certain skills that can be applied in the business environment.
This seminar provides individuals with the opportunity to explore a more pragmatic approach to negotiation and developing a strategic approach that the negotiator will be able to apply.
By the end of this seminar, participants will have:
- Identified the negotiation phase model
- Analyzed sources of conflict in negotiation
- Identified essential components of effective (active) listening
- Established different approaches in dealing with emotions
- Examined the impact of external influences on negotiation strategy/outcome
- Engaged in individual and group discussi
Understanding Chinese State-Owned Entities - Doing Business and Resolving Disputes with Chinese State-Owned Entities
In today's global marketplace, State-owned entities (SoEs) are increasingly involved in cross-border commercial and investment activity. This is especially so with the implementation of China's outbound investment programme, the Belt & Road Initiative, in which Chinese SoEs are playing a leading role. The increased involvement of SoEs in cross-border commercial and investment activity gives rise to important issues concerning the nature of SoEs, business risk management, and dispute resolution.
The Secretary of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Teresa Cheng GBS SC JP will deliver a keynote speech. Experts will discuss the legal issues relevant to doing business and resolving disputes with Chinese SoEs.
After the seminar, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and Invest Kong Kong (InvestHK) of the HKSAR request the pleasure of your company at a cocktail reception.
Co-organisers: HKIAC, Department of Justice (DOJ), ICC
Navigating Applicable Law, Admission of Evidence and Related Proceedings: Issues and Challenges
On the occasion of the 16th Vis East Moot, which will be held in Hong Kong between 31 March and 7 April 2019, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Vienna International Arbitral Centre will hold a seminar to discuss issues concerning the applicable law to the arbitration agreement, the admissibility of illegally obtained evidence, and the legal and evidentiary positions across related proceedings.
It is anticipated that 600+ competitors will descend upon Hong Kong for the 16th Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot. This year's competition will feature the new 2018 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, which recently came into force on 1 November 2018. During the week of the competition in Hong Kong, HKIAC is opening its doors to participants, including competitors and arbitrators, each day from 1 to 4 April 2019 between 2:00pm to 4:00pm for those wishing to visit the Centre. This open house will feature a presentation by members of the Secretariat and a tour of HKIAC. It will be an opportunity to meet the team at HKIAC and learn more about the work of the Centre.
The Hong Kong Mediation Council (HKMC), a division of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), is offering a mediation training course designed for individuals who are interested to become accredited mediators. The course will cover the following topics:
- The key principles of mediation as a means of dispute resolution;
- Principles of interest-based negotiation;
- The process of facilitative mediation model;
- The role of a mediator;
- Mediator's skills and techniques;
- Ethical code of mediators;
- Drafting settlement agreement; and
- Role of lawyers and advisors in mediation
HKIAC Lunch Talk for Young Practitioners (HKIAC 青年午餐会) 提供平台供青年人与资深国际仲裁人士交流，探讨和思考国际仲裁相关问题。帮助提升青年人参与国际仲裁的能力。拓展青年人仲裁职业机会和渠道。
- Overview of current in-bound and out-bound investment market in Korea
- Korean perspective of investment treaty arbitration and Korean treaty-making policy
- Selected issues on jurisdiction and substantive protections under investment treaties
- HKIAC administration of investment treaty arbitration and Hong Kong as seat
Experienced mediators accumulate practical knowledge and tactics to conduct mediation in both professional and effective ways. Newly accredited mediators take time to acquire the “know-how”, and often have many questions and challenges before and during the mediation process. This round-table sharing dinner tries to break this gap and provide opportunities for junior mediators to ask questions in relaxing and enjoyable environment.
There will be one experienced mediator and moderator in each table. While enjoying the dinner, participants are free to ask mediation related questions. Experienced mediators will try to address their issues, share their own methods or practices and have fruitful exchange together.
Enroll now to secure your seat. Take this golden opportunity to learn and talk with experienced mediators!
Debating the upsides and downsides of party or tribunal appointed experts in Arbitrations
The debate will feature leading members of the Hong Kong international arbitration community who will assemble on two sides of the debate, arguing the case for whether the parties, or the Tribunal, should be responsible for appointing expert witnessess in arbitration, and related topics.
Organisers: BRG, HKIAC and Arbitration Chambers
For young and aspiring female practitioners in arbitration, with burning questions on how to raise your profile, land that first arbitral appointment, identify and approach potential clients, get speaking engagements and published in journals, network for success, how to “do BD”, and everything you have always wanted to know about becoming a star in international arbitration.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn practical tips from international arbitration stars and come prepared with your questions. Light breakfast will be provided courtesy of Stephenson Harwood.