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The 45th Alexander Lecture of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) receives encouraging feedback from senior practitioners, academics as well as government officials

On January 16, the Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, delivered the 45th Alexander Lecture of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), entitled “The Search for Order within Chaos in the Evolution of ISDS”. This is the first time the event was held in Hong Kong, and the first time the Alexander Lecture was delivered by a woman. The fruitful event was attended by senior practitioners, academics as well as government officials. Attendees offered their positive feedback on the lecture.

“Hong Kong has all along been a strong supporter of international commercial arbitration. Among all the different types of arbitration nowadays, investor-state dispute is one of the very important types of dispute which is dealt with by arbitration. And of course from Hong Kong’s perspective, we would like to develop our expertise and we would like to stay at the forefront of this area. The lecture today, from my perspective, is very important. It shows the public confidence and the international confidence in Hong Kong. Also, it enables us to exchange our views and share our experience.” (Rimsky Yuen, Chairman, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited)

“The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng SC, notched up two notable firsts when delivering the 45th Alexander Lecture for CIArb. Firstly, she was the first woman at the 45th attempt to give the lecture. Second, this was the first time the lecture had been delivered outside of London. Teresa Cheng outlined a bold vision for the development of ISDS, and in particular by setting out a vision for a coherent and overarching appellate mechanism.” (Matthew Gearing QC, Partner, Allen & Overy (HK) & Chairman, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre)

“The Alexander Lecture by Teresa Cheng SC, the Secretary for Justice, on ISDS was very informative and dealt with a number of important and topical issues arising out of ISDS and investment treaty arbitration. The title “Evolution, Not Revolution” was most apt in light of the content of her Lecture. I certainly benefited and learned a lot from the Lecture.” (Allan Leung, Partner, Dentons Hong Kong LLP)

“Over the past decade, I have seen the rise of mediation in Asia and the growing debate around its attractiveness, or not, to both States and corporate parties. The Secretary has given us much to consider through her proposals for this region. It would be exciting to see Hong Kong and the Hong Kong government take a lead in furthering this debate. Thank you very much to CIArb for arranging an excellent event.” (Justin D’Agostino, Executive Partner and CEO Elect, Herbert Smith Freehills) - Click here to view the video with Justin

 

The Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, delivers the 45th Alexander Lecture of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), entitled “The Search for Order within Chaos in the Evolution of ISDS”

 


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