Skip to main content

A series of legal events fosters international exchanges and collaboration
International legal organisations keep faith in Hong Kong

A series of high-profile law-related events held in Hong Kong between late October and early November 2019 provided meaningful platforms for dialogue amongst legal professionals from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas.

Experts representing prominent organisations and various sectors exchanged ideas on new developments affecting the legal community.

Hong Kong Arbitration Week (October 20-25) attracted participants from about 40 jurisdictions with a record high of more than 680 people joining this 8th edition of Arbitration Week.

The Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, joined one of the Arbitration Week sessions and delivered a speech on the “Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered Interim Measures in Aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland and of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”. Hong Kong recently became the first jurisdiction outside the Mainland where, as a seat of arbitration, parties to arbitral proceedings by eligible institutions would be able to apply to the Mainland courts for interim measures. This would prevent parties from deliberately destroying the evidence or transferring the property and also ensure that the arbitral proceedings could be carried out effectively.

In the last week of October, the Department of Justice (DoJ), together with the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the Asian Academy of International Law, organised the Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator Training Course. World-renowned trainers in international investment law and investor-state mediation were invited to share their knowledge and expertise at this one-week training course, which was held for the second time following an overwhelming response to the inaugural event last year. About 40 participants from around the world, including government officials as well as legal and mediation practitioners from ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), the Middle East and Africa gathered in Hong Kong for the course.

The 3rd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit 2019, the Inaugural Hong Kong Mediation Lecture and the 32nd LAWASIA Annual Conference were held in Hong Kong in early November. Prominent figures from the international legal sector spoke on various topics. Witnessed by the guests at the Judicial Summit, DoJ signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Thailand and the United Nations respectively. The MOUs signified an encouraging step taken by the DoJ in promoting legal co-operation with international organisations and overseas jurisdictions.

In Hong Kong, the first week of November is designated “Hong Kong Legal Week”, signaling the importance of the legal community in Hong Kong as well as the Hong Kong SAR Government’s commitment to forging closer co-operation with legal professionals and organisations in the Mainland and around the world.

The “Hong Kong Legal Week” echoes our long-term commitment to promoting and reinforcing the rule of law by establishing academic and professional exchanges, research and capability building through international legal activities every year. It also helps to raise Hong Kong’s profile as a legal services hub in Asia and facilitate the implementation of relevant initiatives announced in the annual Policy Address.