Has the proliferation of institutional rules caused international arbitration to lose its way?
21 October 2019 | 13:30 - 16:00


Nimble institutions race to stay ahead of the field with ever more comprehensive procedural regimes. Has the balance now tipped? Do we have too much of a good thing? How does this impact on the future development of arbitral practice and procedure? Is there an optimum position? Our panellists will engage with this provocative topic, explore the issues and consider potential remedies.


1.30 p.m. - Registration (light lunch available)
2 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. - Panel discussion (followed by refreshments)
4 p.m. - Event ends


Confirmed panellists include:

  • Ben Bury, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan (moderator)
  • Caroline Kenny, QC Owen Dixon Chambers West & 4-5 Gray's Inn Square & President Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia)
  • Damian Honey, Head of International Arbitration, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan
  • Joe Liu, Deputy Secretary-General Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Juliet Blanch, Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong & London
  • Peter Murphy, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan
  • Tim Eyre, Assistant General Counsel, Noble Group Holdings Limited

Registration Fees

Attendance is free. Registration is however required via the HK Arbitration Week website. CPD accreditation from The Law Society of Hong Kong is pending.


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We conduct arbitrations under all the most popular arbitration forums and institutional rules, including UNICTRAL, LCIA, ICC, ICSID, ARIAS, CIETAC, ACICA, PCERA, DIFC-LCIA, HKIAC and SIAC. We also conduct hundreds of arbitrations under the specific rules of trade bodies such as GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA, LME, RSA and LOF. Our partners serve as arbitrators and as expert witnesses in arbitration, and we have advised arbitral bodies and governments on arbitral rules and legislation. More recently, we have further expanded our international arbitration practice into investor-state arbitrations, having represented states and investors alike.

We are consistently listed in the GAR 100 "approved" list as a leading international arbitration practice and frequently act in arbitration-related court proceedings. In fact, The Lawyers' Litigation Tracker 2018 revealed that HFW was the most active litigation firm in terms of arbitration-related litigation (Q1-Q2), commercial litigation (Q1-Q3) and in the English Commercial Court (2016 – 2017, Q3 2018).

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