Kennedy Gastorn
The Secretary-General of AALCO
The decision by China and AALCO to establish the AALCO Hong Kong Regional Arbitration Centre is of great significance. It will help expand the influence of AALCO, enhance regional cooperation, build Hong Kong into a centre for international legal and dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region, and promote the HKSAR’s development.
Adding to the five existing regional arbitration centres of the AALCO, the regional arbitration centre in Hong Kong will seek to integrate itself in the AALCO dispute settlement system and perform a variety of tasks, including providing facilities for alternative dispute resolution services and assisting in the enforcement of arbitration awards, and to also promote the growth and effective functioning of arbitration and other dispute resolution services, including online dispute resolution services.
I am confident that this newly established AALCO Hong Kong Regional Arbitration Centre will further advance the growth of ODR in the region and beyond.
Professor Zhao Yun
Head of Department of Law, HKU
The establishment of the AALCO Hong Kong Regional Arbitration Centre marked a major milestone in the development and promotion of Hong Kong as an international legal and dispute resolution services hub. The centre will strengthen Hong Kong’s role as an arbitration hub, provide more convenient and efficient dispute resolution services for parties in Asia and African regions. Having an abundant of legal and dispute resolution talents as well as a mature and robust legal system and legal infrastructure, I am confident that the HKSAR has all the components to bring out the best in the new regional arbitration centre.
陈弘毅教授 SBS, JP
National security is highly regarded in China, and there is the concept known as “holistic approach to national security”. The National Security Law in Hong Kong deals with national security in four aspects, including secession, subversion, collusion to endanger national security and terrorist activities. The National Security Law oversees these four issues pertaining to national security.
陈弘毅教授 SBS, JP
“One country, two systems” of course includes the principles of “one country” and “two systems”. On the principle of “one country”, there needs to be a bottom line in law, and the National Security Law can be construed as one of those legal bottom lines.
中国人民政治协商会议全国委员会副主席,梁振英GBM GBS JP
Norman Chan GBS
Former Chief Executive of Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Hong Kong is the only common law jurisdiction in the whole world that practices truly bilingual laws in English and Chinese. To me, this is a unique advantage for Hong Kong to intermediate commercial and financial businesses to and from mainland China.
Merlin Swire
Chairman of Swire Pacific Limited
Hong Kong is perfectly positioned to be the connector between the rest of the world and the Greater Bay Area which is the most sophisticated part of the Chinese economy.
Dr. Victor Fung GBM GBS Chairman of Fung Group and 2022 Foundation
The Greater Bay Area is spearheading China’s further global economic integration, especially into the world’s largest single market embedded in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Hong Kong is the global business platform for these increasing trade and investment flows. The window of opportunity is opening wider for Hong Kong and international companies based here.
香港作为国际法律枢纽将积极加强业界能力,利用现代 科技提供法律和争议解决服务,我们听到都感到很鼓舞。
Paul Starr
Partner and Practice Leader HK DR/Infrastructure Joint Coordinator International Arbitration Team King & Wood Mallesons
On infrastructure projects, parties should also consider expressly nominating Hong Kong law, both as the contract’s governing law and separately of its arbitration agreement. They will save them time and cost, in not having to produce independent expert reports on foreign laws and subjecting those experts to cross-examination. More significantly, Hong Kong law has developed cutting-edge answers to many of the construction industry’s conundra over, for example; the occurrence of defects; giving of contractual notices; parties’ specific intent overriding the document precedence clause; the relationship of project completion to outstanding work; record-keeping.
Paul Starr
Partner and Practice Leader HK DR/Infrastructure Joint Coordinator International Arbitration Team King & Wood Mallesons
Drafting Hong Kong arbitration clauses offers parties contracting with PRC entities anywhere in the world unique protections, not available if other jurisdictions are selected. Foremost is asset protection/freezing in the PRC, available only where parties have pre-nominated Hong Kong arbitration by one of the qualifying institutions . Gone are the days, therefore, where Belt and Road countries should tell their citizens “ let investors arbitrate here”. That asset protection is thereby lost.
Andrew Weir MBE JP, Global Chairman Asset Management and Hong Kong Senior Partner, KPMG
The recent introduction of Limited Partnership funds, Unified Funds Exemption and Tax Concession for carried interest strongly support the further development of Hong Kong as a leading Private Equity and Fund hub attractive to global, regional and domestic player.
Look Chan Ho, Barrister, Des Voeux Chambers
The recent cross-border insolvency arrangement between Hong Kong and the Mainland shows the great advantage of one country two systems, and it reflects the importance of Hong Kong as an international financial centre and an international restructuring hub.

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