Editor's Note Aug 2020

When glancing through the newspapers or social media, there seems to be hardly a day that the recently implemented national security law in Hong Kong, or anything related, is not a topic. The President’s Message inter alia discusses the Law Society’s stance and points out that there might be some grey areas in the legislation that require clarifications.

Our Cover Story shines a spotlight on international arbitration, which is growing tremendously. Hong Kong is known as a pro-arbitration jurisdiction and was the first Asian jurisdiction to adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985) (the answer to one of the questions in Legal Trivia Quiz #61). The Queen Mary University of London International Arbitration survey conducted in 2015 revealed that the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) was the most preferred arbitral institution outside of Europe and ranked the third-best arbitral institution worldwide. Moreover, the survey found that Hong Kong was considered the third-most preferred seat worldwide, just behind London and Paris, and was rated the most preferred seat overall outside Europe. The first thought that may come to mind is what impact might the National Security Law and even COVID-19 have on arbitrations seated in Hong Kong? The Cover Story features Rimsky Yuen, GBM, SC, JP and David W. Rivkin, the new Co-Chairs of the HKIAC, who share their plans to make the HKIAC and Hong Kong-seated arbitrations great again.

I would like to remind our readers that topical articles (such as on the national security law, COVID-19 related and others) as well as case summaries, are regularly published in our e-newsletters, which are circulated to our subscribers and then posted on our website. You are encouraged to subscribe to our free e-newsletter, which features articles published exclusively online, to receive the online link to our monthly publication, and also regular updates on the latest legal trends and developments in Hong Kong and China. Please visit http://hk-lawyer.org to register.

Last but not least, please do send your answers to last month’s Legal Trivia Quiz #64 as there is still no winner. To be eligible to win a bottle of Ch. Roquettes 2010 (Grand Cru) or Ch. Tour Baladoz 2006 (Grand Cru) from Global Vintage Wines Centre, please send your quiz question answers to navin.g.ahuja@thomsonreuters.com before Legal Trivia Quiz #65 is out.

Navin G. Ahuja
Editor, Hong Kong Lawyer
Legal Media Group Thomson Reuters

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