Launch of Dr Michael Hwang SC's "Selected Essays on Dispute Resolution"
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
2018 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules Roadshow
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
HKMC Mediation Talk: Some Practical Tips on Mediation from Practitioners
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
2019 ASA Arbitration Practice Seminar
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.
To register and see more information, please click here.Read more
Spotlight on African and Asian Opportunities
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
HKMC Seminar: "Mediation and Mediation Skills as Good Business Approach"
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
HKIAC 仲裁条款模拟谈判演习 - 长沙
Understanding Chinese State-Owned Entities
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
HKIAC-VIAC Joint Seminar
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.
HKIAC Open House
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.
HKMC 40th General Mediation Training Course (accredited by HKMAAL)
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 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。
Selected topics in Investment Treaty Arbitration
- 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
HKMC's Experienced Mediators Round-Table Sharing Dinner
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!
Whose Role is it Anyway?
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
Becoming a Rising Star in International Arbitration
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.
2018 年2 月，HKIAC 倡议发起 "仲裁女性俱乐部"（WIA）旨在促进更多女性在仲裁及相关领域的成功。HK45是支持和鼓励年轻人参与国际仲裁的平台。仲裁中的 "多样性" ——包括但不限于性别、年龄、地域等讨论是当下国际仲裁中的热点问题之一。有观点认为 "多样性" 事关仲裁的 "正当性"；也有观点认为，"多样性"根本无法实现。中国仲裁人怎么看？辩论一下！
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).
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.