The rule of law and judicial independence have been the foundation for Hong Kong’s success as one of the leading seats of arbitration in the world. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2013-2014, Hong Kong was ranked the fourth of 148 jurisdictions worldwide and the first in Asia for judicial independence. HKIAC is privileged to have Lord Hoffmann share his views on the interplay between the rule of law, judicial independence and arbitration in Hong Kong.
Since 1998, Lord Hoffmann has been a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong. He is also a former Lord of Appeal, arbitrator and mediator. During his judicial career, Lord Hoffmann’s leading judgements in relation to arbitration include Premium Nafta Products Ltd v Fili Shipping Company Ltd (“Fiona Trust”)  and West Tankers Inc v RAS Riunione Adriatica (2007). Lord Hoffmann was described as “one of the pre-eminent legal minds of his generation” by Chambers & Partners, 2013.
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