The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre is the foremost venue for alternative dispute resolution in Asia and the preferred seat for complex disputes involving parties from across the globe, including the United States and China. Consistently declared the world’s freest economy and expected to surpass London and New York to become the leading global financial centre by 2016, Hong Kong is home to an extraordinary number of world-class professionals in various key industries, as well as a robust community of experienced foreign lawyers and arbitrators. Choosing Hong Kong places a wealth of industry-specific expertise and legal know-how at your fingertips.

The HKIAC's brand new facilities, featuring 360-degree views of Hong Kong’s skyline, are fully customizable and specifically designed to meet the unique needs of a wide variety of meetings and hearings. We offer over 20 separate meeting spaces capable of serving anywhere from 4 to 180 individuals, and our multi-lingual support staff is on hand to provide a full suite of business services to ensure your meeting or hearing runs smoothly. The HKIAC offers a comfortable, convenient, and highly versatile meeting point for parties from all corners of the globe.

Situated within five hours of half the world’s population and easily accessible from all major cities across the world, Hong Kong is the ideal seat for complex disputes involving foreign parties. The HKIAC’s premier location in Hong Kong’s Exchange Square places us squarely at the centre of the city’s bustling international business district, making the centrality of the HKIAC’s premises unmatched. Hong Kong’s common law court system is strictly independent and has long been considered a pro-arbitration stronghold in Asia. Hong Kong courts routinely uphold the finality and independence of the arbitral system, and an award rendered in Hong Kong has wide enforceability in major jurisdictions across the globe.





  • HKIAC Makes Key Changes to Its Organisational Structure

    HKIAC Makes Key Changes to Its Organisational Structure

    HKIAC Council has revised its organizational structure to further strengthen its services to users.  This reconstitution has been motivated by the principles of independence and expertise and the needs of the users.
    An Executive Committee has been established to serve as the principal body directing the activities of HKIAC. 
    Three standing committees, established by the HKIAC Council, will also operate under the auspices of the Executive Committee, being the Arbitration Proceedings, Appointments, and the Finance and Administration Committees. 
    To provide guidance and advice to HKIAC on a policy level, HKIAC has also appointed 8 eminent international dispute resolution practitioners to its International Advisory Board. 
    HKIAC has also added a new generation of dispute resolution practitioners to its Council membership.  In addition to being drawn from different jurisdictions and sectors, these Council members also reflect our increased focus on addressing the users’ needs and gaining direct input from in-house counsel.
    The changes in the organisational structure will similarly enable HKIAC to provide a more focused approach to serving its users efficiently and effectively.


  • HKIAC Welcomes Teresa Cheng as New Chairperson

    HKIAC Welcomes Teresa Cheng as New Chairperson

    DSC_063On 10th January 2014 the HKIAC hosted a very successful cocktail party to welcome Teresa Cheng as the New Chairperson, who has succeeded Huen Wong after he stepped down on 1st January 2014.



  • A Resounding Success for the Inaugural Financial Dispute Series

    A Resounding Success for the Inaugural Financial Dispute Series


    The First of HKIAC’s Financial Dispute series was kicked off with “The Future of Financial Transactions in Asia – Opportunities and Challenges” and was an unequivocal success.  This inaugural event corresponded with the 7th Asian Financial Forum, drawing some of the most prominent members of the financial and business community.  Look out for the second of the series coming on 20 March 2014.




  • PARDCI (Practical Approach to Resolving Disputes in the Construction Industry)

    5-17-11-hong-kongPARDCI (Practical Approach to Resolving Disputes in the Construction Industry)

    Join HKIAC, CIArb (East Asia Branch) and HKIE (Civil Division and ADR Committee) in the 2nd PARDCI conference.  This conference will look at the various dispute mechanisms, the strategy to implement them, current legislation and how engineers, quantity surveyors and architects should try as an industry to resolve any disputes within their own professional field.
    Sponsorship opportunities are now available.  Please click here for details.


  • Taste of IP in China: Protecting IP from Vineyard to Bottle

    Intellectual_Property_M Taste of IP in China: Protecting IP from Vineyard to Bottle

    We will examine issues relating to the protection of trademarks and online infringements concerning the use of a domain name in China, particularly in relation to the new trademark law in China and the new generic top-level domains. Licensing agreements, as a route to expanding a brand in Asia, will be discussed in addition to various strategies aimed to pre-empt disputes. An explanation of how arbitration fits into an IP context will also be provided and we will analyse when arbitration is the favoured form of dispute resolution.

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  • HKIAC Road Show – New Rules and Recent Practice

    reportsHKIAC Road Show –
    New Rules and Recent Practice

    Join us to explore the short and medium term trends experienced by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in the cases it handles, as we look back over the last five years of development and consider what this foretells for the future.

    Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch some of Hong Kong's leading legal minds go head to head with their English counterparts, as they seek victory in a mock arbitration conducted under the new 2013 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules (the 2013 Rules). The ability to effectively and efficiently manage complex arbitrations is a key differential between the current collection of leading institutional rules. Enjoy a lively demonstration of the application of Article 28 of the 2013 Rules and how issues of consolidation play out in practice.


  • Pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps: Jurisdictional challenges in international arbitration

    chessPulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps: Jurisdictional challenges in international arbitration

    The principle of party autonomy forms the cornerstone on which arbitration is based. The jurisdiction of an arbitral tribunal to decide a dispute between parties is derived from the agreement reached between those parties to refer the differences between them to arbitration. It is not uncommon for challenges to the jurisdiction of a tribunal to be brought, either during the arbitration itself or in the course of enforcement proceedings. Come and hear a panel of experts discuss their experiences in bringing, resisting and deciding jurisdictional challenges, in their capacities as counsel and arbitrator, in the context of international commercial arbitrations and investor state arbitrations. The discussion will cover some of the most recent court judgments on the subject, including those of the UK Supreme Court in Dallah (supra), the Singapore Court of Appeal in PT First Media v Astro Nusantara [2014] 1 SLR 372 and the US Supreme Court in BG Group v Republic of Argentina 572 US (2014).


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