On 22 July 2019, CUHK Law and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) organised an inaugural seminar titled “International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections” to celebrate the establishment of BIICL’s first Asian office.
The seminar consisted of two sessions - the first session “International Arbitration – Civil Law, Common Law or Sui Generis?” discussed how the civil law and common law systems have influenced international arbitration and whether the systems have truly converged within the arbitration ecosystem or do they lean towards one system over another, in particular in Asia. The second session “Investment Arbitration – Issues and Insights” covered certain issues within investment arbitration such as jurisdiction, expropriation, the definition and scope of arbitration, MFN clauses, and procedural fairness which have arisen with increasing regularity. Speakers included The Right Honourable The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, senior lawyers, international arbitrators and academics from Hong Kong, Australia and the United Kingdom. The seminar concluded with a closing speech by the Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM.
Before the seminar, a signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between CUHK and BIICL was held to establish collaboration in legal research and knowledge exchange. Details are available at https://qrgo.page.link/Ay8Ui.The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM gave a closing speech at the seminar
The Right Honourable The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury and Dr Michael Pryles, AO PBM spoke at a panel session