Confidentiality & Privilege in Arbitration and Mediation

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13 Sep 2021



Confidentiality & Privilege in Mediation and Arbitration Part 1 - Arbitration

One of the key reasons for the success of arbitration and mediation is privacy and confidentiality. It is often taken for granted that arbitration and mediation proceedings are confidential to the parties and that documents and other evidence deployed cannot be lawfully disclosed to any person outside the proceedings. But how valid is the assumption?

In Part 1 of this series, seasoned ADR practitioners from Des Voeux Chambers (DVC) and HKIAC seek critically to examine the limits of arbitral confidentiality. The series is co-hosted, for the first time, by DVC and HKIAC, and is kindly supported by Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Ltd, the Hong Kong Mediation Council and the International Academy of Mediators (IAM).

Key points include:

  • Confidentiality and privacy : two core principles of arbitration
  • Protection and exceptions provided under common law and legislation
  • Analysis of key institutional rules
  • Special protection for trade secrets and confidential information


  • José-Antonio Maurellet SC, Senior Counsel at DVC; Council Member at HKIAC
  • CW Ling, Barrister at DVC
  • Catrina Lam, Barrister at DVC
  • Xiaojun Wang, Counsel at HKIAC

Please click here for registration.


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