ADR in Asia Conference: Redesigning International Arbitration (Day 1) (In-person and virtual)
21 October 2020 | 10:00 - 12:30


The ADR in Asia Conference is a major event in the arbitration calendar. It is a platform for some of the most prominent members of the arbitration community from across the globe to address important issues and developments in international arbitration. Following the success of the past eight Hong Kong Arbitration Weeks, this annual Conference will continue to be the flagship of our Annual HKArbWeek.

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10:00am - 12:30pm (Hong Kong time)

This event will run as a hybrid session. Choose to attend by Zoom or in-person when registering on the HKIAC registration portal.

10:00-10:20    Welcome address

  • Rimsky Yuen GBM, SC, JP, Co-Chair, HKIAC; Senior Counsel, Arbitrator, Temple Chambers

10:20-10:35     HKIAC's Virtual Hearing Services

  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, HKIAC

10:35-11:05     Redesigning International Arbitration Part 1: Cybersecurity

Join our experts as we examine three key arbitration developments, namely cybersecurity, green arbitration and diversity to determine which developments will contribute most to the way international arbitration evolves over the next five years. We will start with cybersecurity.
  • Catherine Amirfar, Partner and Co-Chair, Public International Law Group, Debevoise & Plimpton

11:05-12:05     US-China Relations: Challenges and Opportunities

The US-China relationship is changing in fundamental ways. As tensions between the US and China continue to intensify, what impact does this have on the global economy? What are some of the challenges and opportunities multinational companies face when dealing with cross-border transactions? Will businesses find a balance in US-China relations between competition and cooperation? Join our panelists as they examine the consequences of the decoupling of the two economies.
  • Chair: Peter Yuen, Partner, Fangda Partners
  • Jingyi Li Blank, Partner, Mintz Group
  • Mark Feldman, Professor of Law, Peking University
  • Randall Lewis, General Counsel, EHC Global
  • Janet Pau, Hong Kong Director, Economist Corporate Network

12:05-12:20     Book Launch: Managing "Belt and Road" Business Disputes - A Case Study of Legal Problems and Solutions

This is a follow up to the comprehensive Managing Business Disputes in Today’s China: Duelling with Dragons (2007) guide on foreign direct investments disputes that can arise in the course of initiating and operating a Chinese joint venture.
  • Chiann Bao, Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers
  • Michael Moser, Independent Arbitrator, Twenty Essex

12:20-12:30     Closing Remarks

  • Sarah Grimmer, Secretary-General, HKIAC

Registration Fees

  • non-HKIAC Users Council Members: HK$1,200.00
  • HKIAC Users Council Members: HK$1,000.00
  • Virtual through Zoom
  • Virtual attendance: HK$750.00

  • In-person attendees: registration closes at 12pm (HKT) on 16 October 2020
    Virtual attendees: registration closes at 12pm (HKT) on 18 October 2020


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