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ICCA HKIAC Hong Kong 2015 Summit

  • 13 May 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong

The HK Summit will bring together thought leaders in dispute resolution from across oceans and across generations to engage in high-level dialogue about new economic axes of South-South trade involving Asia, Africa and South America and the attendant consequences for dispute resolution.

Sign up to attend one of the most significant events in Asia in 2015.

Key Speakers include:
• Yibing Mao(Marriott International)
• Albert Jan van den Berg (President, ICCA)
• Ross O'Brien (The Economist Group)
• Christopher Stephens (Asian Development Bank)

Please see the website for details:

For more information, please contact: gen@hkiac.org

HKCCA members are entitled to a special discount rate. Complimentary passes, to the HK Summit are offered to thefirst ten (10) to express interest. To register for complimentary or discounted passes, please contact gen@hkiac.org.

We look forward to seeing you in May.

Click here to download Programme Flyer

The tentative programme includes:



8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15

Welcome Remarks
  • Teresa Cheng SC (HKIAC)
  • Albert Jan van den Berg (ICCA)

9:15 – 9:40

Keynote Speech
  • Yibing Mao (Marriott International, Inc)

Session 1
9:40 – 11:00

Debate: This House Believes that the New York Convention Does More Harm Than Good to Developing Economies

  • Albert Jan van den Berg (ICCA)
  • Dominique Hascher (Judicial Court of France)
  • Makhdoom Ali Khan (Supreme Court of Pakistan)
  • Lucy Reed (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer)

  • Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel (Independent Arbitrator)
  • Fernando Mantilla-Serrano (Latham & Watkins)
  • Zia Mody (AZB & Partners)

  • Sheila Ahuja (Allen & Overy)

11:00 – 11:20

Refreshment Break

Session 2
11:20 – 12:50

New Regionalism and South-South Trade

As a new generation of industrial powers assert their presence on the world stage and new trading relationships affect the global economic map, we look to the past to help us better understand what the future may hold. This session also explores the unique features influencing the public and private sectors in the South–South regions and the importance of linking the rule of law and public administration, identifying weaknesses and capacity gaps within the public administration.

Scene Setters:
  • Mark Feldman (Peking University, School of Transnational Law)
  • Ross O'Brien (The Economist)

  • Salim Moollan (Essex Court Chambers)

  • Olufunke Adekoya (Aelex)
  • Alfredo Bullard Gonzalez (Bullard, Falla & Ezcurra Abogados)
  • Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (International Court of Justice)

  • Alejandro I. Garcia (Winston & Strawn)

12:50 – 13:00

Connecting the Present with the Future
  • Kate Brown de Vejar(Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle)

13:00 – 14:15


(Session 3 Breakout Sessions)

Session 3
14:15 – 15:30

The Young ICCA Soapbox: Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration: The Way of the Future or the Beginning of the End

Timothy Foden (Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan)

1st Motion:
That there is a public interest in making international commercial arbitration proceedings public.
For: Jern-Fei Ng (Essex Court Chambers)
Against: Rafael Llano (White & Case)

2nd Motion:
That, in the absence of party-agreement to the contrary, commercial arbitral decisions and awards should be made public.
For: Diego Brian Gosis (Gomm & Smith)
Against: Ruth Stackpool-Moore (HKIAC)

3rd Motion:
That advocates for commercial arbitration proceedings remaining private must be hiding something.
For: Jelita Pandjaitan (Linklaters)
Against: Garðar Víðir Gunnarsson(Reykjavik University)


Do Anti-Corruption Investigations and Anti-Bribery Legislation Influence or Affect International Arbitration?

Corruption has become a policy priority for the development community and many states have enacted anti-bribery legislations to prohibit investors from engaging in corrupt practices in developing countries. There have been cases where allegations of corruption have been raised in investment treaty arbitrations. Is it possible for violations of domestic anti-corruption legislations influence the outcomes of international investment arbitrations and should that be the case?

Scene Setter:
  • Christopher Stephens (Asian Development Bank)

  • Robert Pé (Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe)

  • AB Mahmoud (Dikko & Mahmoud)
  • Ellen Gracie Northfleet (Independent Arbitrator/Former Chief Justice of the Federal
        Supreme Court of Brazil)
  • Kate Yin (Fangda Partners)

  • Catherine Duggan (Harvard Business School)

15:30 – 15:50

Refreshment Break

Session 4
15:50 – 16:50

Looking into the Future: Challenges to Investment Across Borders

Investment treaty is a double-edged sword. States want their investors to be protected by investment treaties and have recourse to arbitration when their rights have been violated. At the same time, however, states are equally exposing themselves to the possibility of arbitration claims by investors. Some are of the view that investment arbitration is biased against developing countries and that investment treaties unduly interfere with the right of the state to regulate. While others criticize the system for allowing individuals who have no accountability to decide vital questions of national interest. This session discusses what the future holds for investment arbitration.

  • Justin D'Agostino (Herbert Smith Freehills)

  • Yas Banifatemi (Shearman & Sterling)
  • Jeremy Sharpe (US Department of State)
  • Professor Hi-Taek Shin (Seoul National University School of Law)
  • Nassib G. Ziadé (Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution)

  • Joan A. De Venecia (Home Development Mutual Fund)

16:50 – 17:00

Closing Remarks
  • Albert Jan van den Berg (ICCA)

One of the highlights of the HK Summit will be an evening at one of the most famous horse racing venues in the world, the Happy Valley Race Course, where delegates will have the rare treat of presenting the ICCA Cup to the winning owner, trainer and jockey - a first for an ICCA conference.

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