The Future of International Arbitration in light of COVID (Hybrid)
25 October 2021 | 16:30 - 19:00


The Covid-19 Pandemic has and continues to impact the world in ways no one could have imagined. Worldwide challenges appeared in every aspect of life both personally and professionally. Given the various consequences of the COVID pandemic, international arbitration and cross-border disputes have been on the rise. With travel restrictions in place, the international arbitration community has already responded swiftly to address novel problems associated with COVID in order to ensure smooth (and continued) arbitration proceedings. In particular, in Hong Kong, the HKSAR government and the HKIAC have implemented a variety of measures designed to address these obstacles in order to facilitate and maintain ongoing international arbitrations. Such changes have also occurred in the leading arbitral seats and commercial centres in various jurisdictions such as the U.S., U.K., Singapore, and the PRC. Even with the steady roll-out of vaccines, the pandemic continues to be a part of our lives and a new norm. Nevertheless, with the future in mind, the international arbitration community continues to implement a variety of guidelines and protocols to ensure that international arbitration keeps up with the new norms.

The panel will discuss inter alia how COVID has impacted international arbitrations and cross-border disputes, what measures have been implemented to ensure that parties' rights continue to be heard and disputes resolved, and what they believe the new norm will be once the COVID Pandemic is over. 



16:00 - 16:30 Registration
16:30 - 16:35 Welcome
16:35 - 16:45 Introduction 
16:45 - 17:45 Panel discussion on the Future of International Arbitration in light of COVID
17:45 - 18:00 Q&A Session
18:00 - 19:00 Cocktail Networking Reception



Ms. Sherlin Tung (Partner at Withers, Hong Kong)

Mr. Joseph Chu (Partner at Withers, Hong Kong)
Mr. Eric Ng (Managing Counsel at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong)
Ms. Helen Shi (Partner at Fangda Partners, Beijing)
Dr. Minli Tang (Senior Associate at Allbright Law Offices, Shanghai)

Registration Fees

Please note that this event is free to attend once you have paid the HK Arbitration Week Participation Fee of HK$150.

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

For those who are attending in-person, a confirmation email will be sent by
Withersworldwide to confirm your attendance. Please note that all in-person attendees must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated. In-person attendees must use the LeaveHomeSafe app and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination (prior to visitng the venue or) upon entering the venue. 


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