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HKIAC Annual Lecture

You are cordially invited to attend the inaugural HKIAC Lecture, delivered by Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler.

Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler currently serves as President of ICCA, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. She practices international commercial and investment arbitration and has acted in over 220 international arbitrations, mainly as arbitrator. Gabrielle appears on numerous institutional arbitration panels (including ICC, ICSID, AAA, LCIA, SIAC, CIETAC) and conducts arbitrations under the rules of all major institutions. She is regularly ranked among the top ten arbitrators worldwide; a study of investment arbitration released in 2016 concluded that she was the "most influential arbitrator in the world".

A Professor Emerita at Geneva University Law School, Gabrielle is also the founder, former director and a current faculty member of the Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), a joint program of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Geneva Law School. She is also a visiting professor at National University of Singapore, Tsinghua University in Beijing, and Georgetown University and the President of the Council of the Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS). Gabrielle teaches courses on international commercial and investment arbitration and heads research projects in the area of arbitration.

She is Honorary President of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and was ASA President from 2001 to 2005. Gabrielle is also a founder of the FIAA (Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy) and the President of its Advisory Board, as well as a former member of the ICC Court, LCIA Court, and AAA Board. She was and is a member of the Swiss delegation to UNCITRAL, including within Working Group II on transparency (until 2014), and presently Working Group III on the reform of investor-state arbitration, for which she has co-authored two CIDS reports.

Formerly, Gabrielle was a professor (international arbitration, 1997-2018) and assistant professor (private international law, 1993-1997) at the University of Geneva Law School; partner of Schellenberg Wittmer (1996-2007), and partner (1985-1995) and associate (1981-1985) of Baker & McKenzie, in Geneva and New York. After studies at the University of Geneva (law degree 1974) and a doctorate from the University of Basel (1979), she was admitted to the Geneva Bar (1976) and New York State Bar (1982).

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01 Mar 2019
Beijing

HKMC's Skills Enhancement Series: A Practitioner’s Guide to Evaluative Mediation

Join our experts as they discuss and compare evaluative mediation regimes in Hong Kong, UK and other jurisdiction. The seminar will also examine problems commonly associated with evaluative mediation, such as professional indemnity insurance, legal and regulatory hurdles, and the need to maintain the mediator's neutrality and independence.

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28 Feb 2019
Hong Kong

6th HK Practice Moot in Preparation for the 12th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot

The HK Practice Moot provides teams in the Asia-Pacific region with experience in the practice of investment arbitration in a simulated arbitration hearing setting as well as an opportunity to network with other teams and of the Hong Kong arbitration community.

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For enquiries about the 6th HK Practice Moot, please contact us at:

Telephone : (852) 2525 2381
Email : events@hkiac.org
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21 Feb 2019 to 22 Feb 2019
Hong Kong

AIIB Legal Seminar

AIIB Legal Seminar - A Project Finance Toolkit for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) are pleased to present a joint seminar to explain and discuss legal and commercial aspects of AIIB's status, policies and projects. It features an interview with AIIB's General Counsel, Gerard Sanders, a presentation from AIIB's Head of Corporate Law, Peter Quayle, on the international legal status of AIIB and dispute resolution, as well as a roundtable discussion on what makes a "shovel-ready" AIIB project involving Mr. Sanders, Mr. Quayle and AIIB's Senior Legal Consultant, Jennifer Handz. The seminar also includes speakers from HKIAC, the Department of Justice of Hong Kong, and the legal and banking sectors in Hong Kong.

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21 Feb 2019
Hong Kong

Sarah Grimmer in conversation with Brigitte Stern

Brigitte Stern is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris. She regularly serves as arbitrator in investment treaty arbitrations and international commercial arbitrations. She is a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators and Arbitrators, designated by Georgia and a member of the Panelists of WTO, designated by France. She has acted as expert and international legal adviser for States and various organisations. Professor Stern was also a member and Vice-President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal, and of the ADB and ATBIS Tribunals. She has appeared as counsel before the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and before the International Court of Justice.

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14 Feb 2019
Hong Kong

HK45 Annual Update

Join us as we discuss the most recent developments in arbitration practice over the past year.

Speakers: 

  • Pryd Diebschlag (Minter Ellison) - Recent Hong Kong arbitration-related case law and developments in the enforcement of awards in Mainland China
  • Stella Hu (Herbert Smith Freehills) - Developments in the international commercial courts in Asia
  • Eliza Jiang (Fangda Partners) - Case study of the first emergency arbitration in the PRC
  • Michelle Shi (HKIAC) - An introduction to the 2018 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules

 

About HK45
HK45 is a group for professionals who are under 45 years of age and who are interested in the practice of arbitration. The mission of the group is to promote interest in and knowledge of issues relating to arbitration. HK45 is formed under the auspices of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and is intended to provide opportunities for both professional development and social interaction.

Membership to HK45 is free.
 

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21 Jan 2019
Hong Kong

HKIAC | LCIA Joint Seminar

Seminar:  Arbitrator appointments, conflicts and challenges

Date:  16 January 2019
Time:  12:00 - 14:00 (registration starts at 12:00 |light lunch provided)
Venue:  38/F Two Exchange Square, Hong Kong
Speakers: 

  • Nils Eliasson, Council Member, HKIAC; Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Judith Gill QC, President, LCIA Court; Arbitrator, 20 Essex Street
  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, HKIAC
  • Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General, LCIA
  • Kathryn Sanger, Council Member, HKIAC; Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

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16 Jan 2019
Hong Kong

Tribunal Secretary Training Programme (Manila)

HKIAC Tribunal Secretary Training Programme - Manila 

HKIAC is the first arbitral institution to offer a Tribunal Secretary Training Programme.  As an extension of HKIAC’s tribunal secretary service, the Programme trains the next generation of tribunal secretaries around the world. 

The training is two-and-a-half-day, during which part of the participants work will be assessed. Participants who have passed the written exam will receive a certificate of completion and will be listed on our website subject to his/her consent. 

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13 Dec 2018 to 15 Dec 2018
Manila

HKIAC Arbitration Clause Negotiation Workshop Honing the Art of Negotiation

You are an in-house counsel, a contract manager, a transactional or dispute resolution lawyer. You have received a call from your management team or client at 6:30pm asking you to finalise an arbitration agreement within a few hours before the deal is sealed. How do you secure the best possible arbitration agreement for your company or client, while bearing the business objectives in mind and making sure that the corporate policy is followed? What are the key drafting points you need to consider and what part of the arbitration agreement may be traded against other terms of the contract?


For anyone who has faced these questions, we welcome you to our workshop. The workshop will feature a real-time negotiation over arbitration clauses to be included in agreements for cross-border transaction involving Chinese and Indonesian parties. With the establishment of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, such questions are increasingly relevant for professionals in Indonesia.

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12 Dec 2018
Jakarta

Practical Implications of the Belt and Road for Hong Kong SMEs

Practical Implications of the Belt and Road for Hong Kong SMEs: Risk and Dispute Resolution

HKIAC - HKGCC joint seminar

Five years after being launched, China's Belt and Road Initiative is gaining momentum. Projects continue to be announced across South Asia, Central Asia, Africa and beyond. There are huge opportunities for Hong Kong businesses in transportation, logistics, maritime, finance, telecommunications, real estate, information technology and legal services. Join our panel of experts who will identify how to mitigate risk in Belt and Road projects, discuss the types of issue that are likely to arise, and explain why Hong Kong is well positioned both to participate in Belt and Road projects and to resolve Belt and Road disputes.

Speaker(s):

Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Vincent Connor, Partner, Pinsent Masons 
Maria Tan Pedersen, Partner, Jones Day
Behzad Mirzaei, Partner and Senior Advisor, Basio Consultants & Services Ltd / Chairman of the Asia & Africa Committee

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11 Dec 2018
Hong Kong

HKIAC Pre-Dispute Strategy Workshop - Mumbai

This workshop brings together legal counsel, an asset recovery specialist, and a third-party funder in an early stage meeting scenario to consider the legal options available and practical steps required to formulate an effective dispute resolution strategy.

Experts will consider the lifecycle of a dispute from commencement of proceedings through to enforcement and ultimate recovery. The aim is to equip attendees with the tools to make sound business decisions when faced with a dispute arising out of an infrastructure project.

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06 Dec 2018
Mumbai

Tribunal Secretary Training Programme (HK)

HKIAC Tribunal Secretary Training Programme - Hong Kong - FULL HOUSE -

HKIAC is the first arbitral institution to offer a Tribunal Secretary Training Programme.  As an extension of HKIAC’s tribunal secretary service, the Programme trains the next generation of tribunal secretaries around the world. 

The training is two-and-a-half-day, during which part of the participants work will be assessed. Participants who have passed the written exam will receive a certificate of completion and will be listed on our website subject to his/her consent. Read more

03 Dec 2018 to 05 Dec 2018
Hong Kong

Arbitrators Challenged

This half day workshop will provide practical information on reasons for challenging arbitrator appointments and how to handle challenges, with reference to the relevant practice at HKIAC and in Hong Kong-seated arbitration. The participants will have an opportunity to exchange views with the trainers on real-life challenge scenarios.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Chiann Bao, Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers
  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, HKIAC
  • Benjamin Hughes, Independent Arbitrator and Associate Professor of Law, Seoul National University
  • Fei Ning, Managing Partner, Hui Zhong Law Firm
  • Guojian Xu, Partner, Boss & Young

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30 Nov 2018
Shanghai

HKIAC Lunch Talk for Young Practitioners - Mr. Mingchao Fan

Thank you for your interest in our HKIAC Lunch Talk for Young Practitioners - Mr. Mingchao Fan. We have reached full house for this event. Please email us your name, title and company name at events@hkiac.org and we will add you to our waiting list. Read more

23 Nov 2018

Christopher Greenwood in conversation with Neil Kaplan

Sir Christopher Greenwood in conversation with Neil Kaplan CBE, QC, SBS

Since March 2018, Christopher Greenwood has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and an international arbitrator. Prior to his appointment to the Tribunal, he was a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 2009 to February 2018. Before his election to the Court, he was Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and a practising barrister who regularly argued cases about international law before international and English courts.

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22 Nov 2018
Hong Kong

The Kaplan Lecture 2018

Is the Age of Arbitration in International Law Drawing to a Close?

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Kaplan Lecture, delivered by Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE, CMG, QC.

Since March 2018, Christopher Greenwood has been a Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and an international arbitrator. Prior to his appointment to the Tribunal, he was a Judge of the International Court of Justice from 2009 to February 2018. Before his election to the Court, he was Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and a practising barrister who regularly argued cases about international law before international and English courts.

His publications include over 100 volumes of the International Law Reports (including some 80 volumes as Joint Editor with the late Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC), a collection of essays – Essays on War in International Law (2006) – and numerous articles. He is currently working on a tenth edition of Oppenheim’s International Law. He has sat as an arbitrator in many investment cases and in the arbitration between Mauritius and the United Kingdom regarding the Chagos Islands. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1999, made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for services to public international law in 2002 and knighted in 2009. In June 2018 he was appointed Knight Grand Cross (GBE) for services to international justice in Her
Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College and of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and an associate of the Institut de droit international.

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21 Nov 2018
Hong Kong

Effective Dispute Resolution for the Maritime Industry

In 2017, Hong Kong was ranked one of the top five largest shipping registers globally. Renowned for its heritage, vibrancy and strategically located in the heart of Asia, Hong Kong leads as an international maritime hub. This is set to continue given China’s focus on the use of its sea ports to connect regions across Asia, Africa and Europe through the Belt and Road Initiative. Given the volume of ships trading worldwide, economic and political fluctuations, and increased investment in the sector, the potential for disputes is high. An important step in risk management is having a well-drafted dispute resolution clause. Join our lunch talk where shipping experts will share their insights on issues that commonly lead to maritime disputes and why an effective dispute resolution clause is essential in protecting business interests in these uncharted waters.

Topics include: 

• Assessing risk in the maritime industry
• Key considerations when drafting dispute resolution clauses
• Practical issues when handling maritime disputes

 

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19 Nov 2018
Hong Kong

Evolution and the Discoverability of In-House Counsel Communications

In some countries, in-house counsel communications are privileged. In others, they are not. The question that comes up is whether in-house counsel communications should be treated as privileged in international arbitration. Darwin’s theory of natural selection may suggest the answer.

Join Jennifer Kirby as she discusses the evolution and the privilege rules regarding in-house counsel communications.

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12 Nov 2018
Hong Kong

"Opportunities for Sino-Amercian Commercial Mediation: resolving commercial disputes in the current political climate"

This event is organised by Hong Kong Mediation Council and JAMS for Mediators, lawyers, other professionals, business executives or anyone interested in mediation

Recent politics between the United States and Mainland China has had repercussions on Sino-American investment and trade. But these two countries remain the two most important economies in the world and Sino-American commerce will continue. What does the current political climate mean for those of us on the front-lines, doing business between America and China?

This discussion brings together experts in commercial dispute resolution from both the United States and Hong Kong to discuss change brought about by the current political climate and its impact on ADR practitioners, lawyers and business executives engaged in Sino-American commerce. What new opportunities exist for us? How can we get ourselves prepared to better appeal to clients? What challenges and pitfalls should we be aware of? And how can the Hong Kong business community position itself to manage the Sino-American political events taking place right now.Read more

30 Oct 2018

Hong Kong Arbitration Week 2018

Hong Kong Arbitration Week will take place between 29 October and 2 November. 

Now in its 7th year running, Hong Kong Arbitration Week has secured its reputation as a "Must Attend Event" in the global calendar for arbitration practitioners in Asia and worldwide. 

For more information, please email hkaweek@hkiac.org.  For more information, please visit http://hkaweek.hkiac.org/en/.

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29 Oct 2018 to 02 Nov 2018
Hong Kong

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