Arbitrating for and against State parties in APAC: common challenges, lessons learned and future solutions (Virtual)
25 October 2021 | 09:00 - 10:30


In light of the dynamic political landscape in the APAC region and increased State activism accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the risk of both commercial and investment treaty disputes with State parties is ever-increasing. In this session, counsel and arbitrators with notable experience of disputes involving State parties in the region will discuss legal, procedural and strategic concerns that commonly arise in these disputes and share tips for effectively managing and resolving these disputes before, during and after an arbitration from the perspectives of both States and investors. Topics covered will include managing commercial and treaty disputes in tandem, mediation and settlements with State parties, controlling risks through contract and treaty drafting, and potential areas of State-related disputes in the current political climate.


  • 9:00 - 9:05    Opening & welcome remarks
  • 9:05 - 9:45    Panel presentation
  • 9:45 - 10:30  Interactive discussion and Q&A


  • Moderator: Ms Joanne Lau (Partner, Allen & Overy, Hong Kong)
  • Panellists:
      • Mr Matthew Hodgson (Partner, Allen & Overy, Hong Kong) 
      • Ms Meg Kinnear (Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), United States of America) 
      • Professor Hi-Taek Shin (Chairman of KCAB INTERNATIONAL and Arbitrator Member of Twenty Essex, Republic of Korea) 
      • Professor Campbell McLachlan QC (Professor at Victoria University of Wellington and Associate Member of Bankside Chambers and Essex Court Chambers, New Zealand) 

Registration Fees

This will be a virtual webinar. This webinar is free to join once you have paid the HK Arbitration Week Participation Fee of HK$150.


This will be a virtual event.