The Use of Time Limits in International Arbitration: Help or Hindrance?
21 October 2019 | 13:30 - 16:00


The duration and associated expense of arbitration have become matters of increasing concern for users in recent years. Time limits provide a viable means to curb unduly long proceedings, but are not without their risks. This seminar will take the form of a panel discussion on the use of time limits imposed by: (1) contract, (2) procedural rules, and (3) national legislation. The panel will explain the operation and implications of time limits in arbitration, with a focus on jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region. The panel will discuss how users, counsel and arbitrators can use time limits to their advantage to improve efficiency and to achieve their strategic objectives, including practical guidance on clause drafting, setting and policing procedural schedules, and remedial measures if a time limit appears unachievable.


13:30 - 14:00 - Registration
14:00 - 16:00 - Seminar


  • Andrew Aglionby (Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers)
  • Craig Celniker (Head of International Arbitration, Morrison & Foerster)
  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Coleman (Hong Kong Court of First Instance)
  • Christopher Moger, QC (Independent Arbitrator, 4 Pump Court)
  • Wesley Pang (Managing Counsel, HKIAC)
  • Neeti Sachdeva (Secretary General and Registrar, MCIA)
  • Moderator: Sarah Thomas (Partner, Morrison & Foerster)

Registration Fees

This event is complimentary. Registration is required.


Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
38/F Two Exchange Square
Central, Hong Kong

HFW is a market leading sector-focused international law firm with more than 600 lawyers working across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

We have a significant global arbitration practice. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of arbitration developments over many years. Our practice is sector focused, and we have a range and depth of arbitration matters that many larger firms would envy, with the total number of arbitrations handled at any one time estimated at 750. We are especially strong in a number of core areas, particularly construction, energy, trade and commodities, shipping, aviation, insurance/reinsurance, banking and financial services – all fields where international arbitration is very important and generates significant work. The arbitrations we handle are often complex and extremely high value too; last year, the quantum of arbitration claims under management was US$11 billion.

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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