The Law Society’s 2nd Belt and Road Conference

The Law Society’s 2nd Belt and Road Conference entitled “The ABC to Building a Smart Belt and Road: Law and Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Cloud” was successfully held on 28 Septemberat the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference attracted over 650 participants along the Belt and Road.

We were honoured to be graced by the presence of The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive; Mr Xie Feng, Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR; The Honourable Teresa Cheng, Secretary for Justice; and Mr Wang Zhenmin, Director-General of the Department of Law, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR.

The Conference featured the development and application of Artificial Intelligence in the legal sector and its impact on multijurisdictional transactions brought by the Belt and Road Initiative. Three streams of nine breakout sessions on A.I., Blockchain and Cloud took place concurrently. Thought provoking discussions were led by eminent speakers on various topics such as ethical issues on A.I., future of cross-border transactions with fintech and smart contracts, the rise of cloud and machine learning of law and regulations. Debates among panel speakers on automation versus legal profession, the potential risks of blockchain applications and challenging issues on data privacy and cyber-security stimulated interesting discussions among participants.

The Law Society also took the opportunity to initiate the signing of “LawTech Alliance” with 34 lawyers associations from 17 jurisdictions (including Hong Kong) along the Belt and Road which all have the common goal of ensuring that the profession will take advantage of legal tech in an ethical, professional and responsible manner.

With the spirit of building a smart Belt and Road among various jurisdictions, the Law Society published a survey on the use of A.I. in the legal market aiming to reach out to its members and law associations around the world that are enthusiastic about this matter to share views on the future use of technologies within the legal profession. Members and professionals who are keen to share your view with us are invited to complete the short survey via the Law Society mobile app or visit https://hklawsoc1.itehk.com.hk/ai_survey/.

The Organising Committee would like to express their sincere gratitude to the sponsors, supporting organisations, speakers, moderators, guests and fellow legal practitioners from all over the world for gracing us with their support and participation.

(From left to right) President Melissa Pang; The Honourable Teresa Cheng, Secretary for Justice; The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive; Mr Xie Feng, Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the HKSAR; and Mr Wang Zhenmin, Director-General of the Department of Law, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR attended the Opening Ceremony.

Keynote speaker Prof. K.C. Chan, Adjunct Professor of Finance, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Former Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, The Government of the HKSAR, shared his invaluable experience and insights on fintech and how technologies create a culture of innovation and connect people along the Belt and Road Initiative to the conference participants.

34 lawyers associations from 17 jurisdictions (including Hong Kong) along the Belt and Road agreed to join the “LawTech Alliance” which pledged to promote a shared ethical A.I. framework among lawyers from the Belt and Road regions.

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