Speakers' Profiles

Mediation Conference 2020
“Mediate First – More Than You Can Imagine”
AFTERNOON SESSION

Mr Adrian Lai
Deputy Secretary General, Asian Academy of International Law
Friday, 6 November 2020
Mr Lai is a practising barrister in Hong Kong; he is also a Certified Public Accountant of Hong Kong and holds the specialist qualification in insolvency matters. He maintains a predominantly civil practice and has been engaged as Counsel on matters relating to arbitration, banking, commercial, company, construction, professional accountants/auditors’\ negligence, and professional disciplinary proceedings.
Mr Daniel Lam, SBS, JP
Chief Executive Officer, eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre
Friday, 6 November 2020
Daniel is currently the Chief Executive Officer of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited. He is an expert in property development and construction, specialized in urban renewal and developments above railway stations and depots, and is a practicing arbitrator.

Daniel’s experience extends beyond Hong Kong. Daniel started his work at the Hongkong Land Group, then Hong Kong Government, the Hongkong Bank (HSBC) Group, the Sime Darby Group and China Light & Power Group, before setting up his own practice, DCL Consultants Ltd. in 1993, until 2000 when he left. In 2000-07, Daniel was the Director, Property of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation and planned and directed all property development projects, as well as operating a sizeable leasing, licensing, advertising and property management portfolio.

In 2008-2015, he was appointed an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Hong Kong Urban Renewal Authority, and in 2015-2016 he was appointed the Managing Director.

Daniel was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors in 1986-1987. Because of Daniel’s professional knowledge and interest in arbitration, he has been appointed as arbitrator in a number of cases. He was a Council member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (1993–2016), Chairman of its Mediators Accreditation Committee (2002-2006); and the Founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (1997-2000). He is a Chartered Arbitrator and listed in Hong Kong, London, Vancouver, Beijing and Shenzhen. He is also a member of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration in Hague. In 2016 he was also appointed as arbitrator by the One Belt One Road (China) Arbitration Court.

Daniel’s professional and public service include serving as member of the Land & Building Advisory Committee (1986-1990), Hong Kong Housing Authority (1993-2001) and Chairman of its Building Committee (1996-2001), and member of the Construction Industry Review Committee. Since 2016, he was appointed a member of the Board of the Hospital Authority.
Mr James South
Managing Director, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution; Mediator
Friday, 6 November 2020
James South is the Managing Director of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). As a mediator, facilitator, consultant and trainer, James has over 25 years of experience in over 30 countries, working with individuals, organisations and public institutions to prevent, manage and resolve conflict effectively.

A lawyer in his native New Zealand, he acts as mediator both in the UK and internationally, specialising in corporate and commercial disputes, with particular experience in International commercial contracts, Insurance & Finance, Property, Sales of Goods & Services and Employment & Workplace. James also combines his mediating and consultancy skills to provide facilitation, neutral chairing and conflict coaching services to Boards, leadership teams and other groups which find themselves in conflict. James is a fluent Spanish speaker and trains in cross-cultural issues in mediation and has experience in mediating cross-border and cross-cultural disputes, recently mediating cases with Spanish and Austrian parties.

Recent feedback includes “He was fair and reasonable”; “James was excellent and had a good handle on things”; “He got to the heart of the problem straight away”.

As a trainer and dispute resolution consultant he has extensive experience in delivering training and consultancy services to government, corporates, the judiciary and the courts, universities and international organisations and has worked in over 30 jurisdictions including Egypt, Russia, USA, India, Pakistan, Cuba, Colombia, China, Croatia, Moldova and Vietnam, to name just a few.

James’ recent assignments have included Lead Expert to the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) on a global skills-based initiative to train board-level executives in the resolution of disputes and conflicts, in addition to International Expert to the Ministry of Justice of Moldova, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to roll-out mediation schemes across the court system.

In recent years, James has been working on Applied Training in the utilisation of the mediator skill set in new and developing areas such as at Board and Leadership level within organisations and in Investor-State Disputes, working with ICSID and the Energy Charter Secretariat to develop and deliver specialist training for mediators in Investor-State Disputes in Washington DC, Paris and Hong Kong.

James holds a Masters in Law (Distinction) in Dispute Prevention and Resolution from University of Westminster, London, He has taught ADR at Birkbeck College, University of London, London South Bank University, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, and the University of San Francisco.

James currently sits on the Board of the International Mediation Institute (IMI) and previously was on the Board of the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) for England and Wales.
Mr Rhys West
Chief Executive, FairWay Resolution
Friday, 6 November 2020
Rhys West is the Chief Executive of FairWay Resolution, New Zealand’s largest specialist conflict management and dispute resolution organisation.

With experience in Business Development, Operational Management and Strategy formation, Rhys is passionate about delivering a great customer experience and he challenges his team to find new and interesting ways to add more value.

Rhys has a strong commercial and business background developed across a range of sectors including building and construction, property, energy and professional services.

Rhys has been with FairWay since 2015 in in that time has led the business through a transition phase, including a change in ownership from the Crown.

As Chief Executive, Rhys is committed to FairWay’s core purpose and strategy of leading the prevention and resolution of disputes. Together with FairWay’s Board and Senior Management Team, Rhys guides the organisation to deliver on those strategic priorities.

With a team of over 200 employees and contractors across New Zealand, FairWay handles over 16,000 disputes, reviews and enquiries each year. Rhys is passionate about making sure our people and customers remain at the centre of our thinking as we operate and grow within both traditional and emerging market segments.
Mr Zbynek Loebl
Of Counsel, PRK Partners
Friday, 6 November 2020
Zbynek Loebl is a specialist in online dispute resolution and internet law.

Zbynek headed a team which implemented one of the first online only platforms for resolving disputes (related to domain names under UDRP rules) called adr.eu. Zbynek also founded Youstice, a pioneering company specialised in online dispute resolution of low-value disputes. Zbynek wrote one of the first books on online courts titled Designing Online Courts (The Future of Justice Is Open to All), published by Wolters Kluwer in 2019. Currently Zbynek manages a project funded by the Czech government to design the preparation of the first online courts in the Czech Republic. This year Zbynek has started a new international initiative called Open ODR. He joined PRK Partners in 2016.
Mr C K Kwong, JP
Senior Partner, Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum
Friday, 6 November 2020
C. K. Kwong JP (Justice of the Peace) is a Senior Partner of Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum. He is an International Past President of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). His practice covers intellectual property (registration, licensing and enforcement of patent, design, copyright and trademark) and injunction proceedings, arbitration, mediation, public and private corporate transactions, China projects and complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Kwong is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb London), a WIPO appointed Neutral and Domain Name Panelist and Panelist for the Legal Rights Objections (LRO) under ICANN’s New gTLD Program, Centre for Efficient Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited Mediator, a Notary Public and a solicitor of Hong Kong, Australia (Victoria), England and Singapore. He is on the Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property and Adjudicators, and Listed Arbitrator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

He was a member of the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on Patent System Reform and Convenor of its Working Group on Interim Measures, member of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Trading and Convenor of its sub-group on IP Arbitration and Mediation. He is also a member of the Steering Committee on Mediation, Vice Chairman of its Regulatory Framework and Accreditation Sub-committee and Special Committee on Evaluative Mediation set up by the Department of Justice. He proposed the idea of legislative guidance on arbitrability of IP rights which was accepted by the Government and now provided for in the Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017.

Mr. Kwong was Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal, member of the Administrative Appeals Board, Member of the Panel of the Inland Revenue Board of Review, Member of Steering Committee on Review of IP Issues in the Innovation & Technologies Sector. Mr. Kwong has been named a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property by Asia Law.
Mr Simon Chapman, QC
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
Friday, 6 November 2020
Simon leads the disputes practice at Herbert Smith Freehills in Asia, focusing on international arbitration, mediation and arbitration-related litigation. A specialist advocate, Simon appears regularly as lead counsel before tribunals in the world's foremost arbitration centres. His practice covers both investment treaty and commercial arbitration, and he has particular expertise in complex fraud and breach of warranty claims, as well as post-M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes. Simon has acted for governments, state-owned entities, sovereign wealth funds and corporations across a range of industries, including the energy, private equity, finance, hospitality and TMT sectors. He is dual qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales, with higher rights of audience in both jurisdictions.
Ms Elaine Liu, JP
Barrister, Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers
Friday, 6 November 2020
Elaine Liu, JP, a practising barrister, mediator and arbitrator at Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers. In addition to her solid practice as a barrister and an arbitrator, Elaine is well acclaimed in mediation. She was accredited as a mediator by HKIAC in 2001. She is also a CEDR accredited mediator, a HKMAAL accredited mediator, AIAC panel mediator, Shanghai SCMC international panel mediator, Shenzhen Benchmark International Mediation Center panel mediator and HKIAC & HKMAAL accessor for accreditation of mediators. Elaine has extensive experience in mediation and was listed in Who’s Who Legal Mediation.

Elaine was appointed the Chairman of Licensing Appeal Board, Deputy/Vice Chairman of the Estate Agents Authority, Board of Review (Inland Revenue Ordinance), Administrative Appeal Board, Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of Financial Dispute Resolution Centre and the Travel Industry Authority. She was the Chairman of Mediation Committee, Hong Kong Bar Association. She has been appointed the High Court Temporary Deputy Registrar and Deputy District Judge.
Ms Manon Schonewille
Business mediator, Legal Rebel in Rotterdam The Netherlands; Founder, Toolkit Company Academy Mediation & Negotiation
Friday, 6 November 2020
Manon Schonewille is a fulltime professional in mediation, a certified business mediator, IMI certified mediator and IMI certified mediation advocate | advisor. She is founder and partner at Mediation & Negotiation Office Legal Rebel in Rotterdam and Toolkit Company. Manon mainly mediates employment cases and commercial issues where corporations, joint ventures, international teams or commercial collaborations in the business to business service sector are involved.

Before becoming a full-time ADR professional Manon worked in international marketing and business strategy in several countries for multinational organizations including Nestlé and Schering. Here the foundation was laid for her interest in international negotiation and conflict management. She graduated from the law faculty of Groningen University in the Netherlands and completed the Negotiation and Advanced Negotiation courses as part of the Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School (USA). At the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) in San Diego (USA), she gained practical mediation experience in the USA and she was also educated in The Netherlands, Austria and the UK.

As partner in Toolkit Company Manon has carried out trainings and consulting throughout Europe, the Mediterranean region, Caribe and the USA. She consults governmental organizations, corporations and leading law firms in dispute prevention, conflict management, mediation advocacy and setting up ADR mechanisms and programs. Moreover she trains professionals all over the world in the advanced use of mediation, negotiation and influencing techniques, especially in intercultural environments, as well as in training other trainers.

Besides chairing IMI’s Task Force on Mediation Advocacy, Manon participated in Hamline University’s multi year effort to critique contemporary negotiation pedagogy and to create new training programs for a second generation of global negotiation education. She taught and developed the business mediation, mediation advocacy and conflict management course at Utrecht University.

Manon Schonewille is recommended as mediator and selected for the 2014-2020 editions of Who's Who Legal in Mediation. She is one of 298 worldwide selected experts in the field and as such a leading expert in The Netherlands. She is also selected for the Global Mediation Panel of the UN Ombudsman office to mediate disputes for five UN organizations (UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNOPS, and UN-Women).
Professor Leung Hing Fung
Vice- Chairman, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited
Friday, 6 November 2020
Prof. Leung Hing Fung is an Associate Professor (Practice) in the Department of Real Estate of Construction, University of Hong Kong. Whilst working as an academic, he is also practising as a barrister, arbitrator and mediator.

Prof. Leung is a member of the Panel of General Accredited Mediators of Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL). He is also a member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Mediator Accreditation Committee and its Panel of General Accredited Mediators. Besides, he is a member of the Joint Panel of Mediators of Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors and Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the list of Mediators of Hong Kong Bar Association and Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. He is an invited mediator of the International Court of Mediation of Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Over the past years, Prof. Leung has acted as mediator in many cases involving disputes of different nature. Prof. Leung has served on many occasions as Lead Assessor for HKMAAL, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the Law Society of Hong Kong in their Stage 2 assessments for mediation.

In addition, Prof. Leung has been very active in community services. He is the Vice-Chairperson of the Council of HKMAAL, a member of Land Development Advisory Committee and a member of the Building Committee of Hong Kong Housing Authority. He is a member of the Special Committee on Evaluative Mediation under the Steering Committee for Mediation chaired by the Secretary for Justice and a member of the Working Party on Mediation of the Judiciary.

Prof. Leung frequently gives presentation in various academic and professional seminars and publishes articles in journals.
Ms Christina Cheung, JP
Law Officer (Civil Law), Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
Friday, 6 November 2020
Ms Christina Cheung is the Law Officer (Civil Law) of the Department of Justice (DoJ) HKSAR Government, heading the Civil Division in advising on civil law issues and conducting civil proceedings as well as arbitration and mediation involving the Government.

Ms Cheung has been a member of the Steering Committee on Mediation chaired by the Secretary for Justice since 2015. Through the work of the Mediation Team under the purview of the Civil Division, Ms. Cheung has been involved in the strategic planning and policy formation for the promotion and development of mediation in Hong Kong. The first ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition - Hong Kong for local and overseas university students held in October 2018, the opening of the West Kowloon Mediation Centre with a Pilot Mediation Scheme for small claims and other cases in November 2018, the biennial "Mediate First" Pledge event held in May 2019 and related promotion outside Hong Kong, the second Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator training course held in Hong Kong in October 2019, the inaugural Hong Kong Mediation Lecture as part of the Hong Kong Legal Week in November 2019 are amongst the more recent initiatives facilitated by the Civil Division.

Ms Cheung is also a Member of the Task Force on Vision 2030 for Rule of Law which is a 10-year initiative launched by the DoJ in 2020 which seeks to promote the rule of law and ensure equal access to justice for all.
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Department of Justice

Legal Week 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted lives of many around the world. Yet, amidst the difficult times, we rise to the challenges and aspire to carry on business as usual. The Hong Kong Legal Week 2020, with a range of dedicated events for professionals and practitioners, will be held virtually from 2 to 6 November 2020.

Cherishing the importance of the rule of law as a core value of Hong Kong, the opening of the Hong Kong Legal Week 2020 will feature the official launch of “Vision 2030 for Rule of Law", a ten-year visionary initiative, which is a commitment by the Department of Justice to building and maintaining a fair and rule-based society underpinned by the rule of law through collaboration with stakeholders towards sustainable development for all. Click here for more information on Vision 2030 for Rule of Law.

Hong Kong is an international centre for legal, deal-making and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region. The Hong Kong Legal Hub, which comprises the offices of the Department of Justice housed in the historical building of the former Central Government Offices, the Former French Mission Building which is a declared monument and part of Two Exchange Square, will officially open its door during the Hong Kong Legal Week 2020. Click here for more information on the Hong Kong Legal Hub.

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Hong Kong Legal Week 2020

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16:00 – 17:00Arrival of Guests
17:00 – 17:30Opening of the Hong Kong Legal Week 2020 cum Opening of Hong Kong Legal Hub
17:30 – 17:50Launch of Vision 2030 for Rule of Law
Inaugural Rule of Law Congress
“Towards 2030: A Decade of Action for Rule of Law”

Medium: English
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Cantonese and Putonghua
TimeActivity
15:00 – 15:10Opening Session

Welcome Remarks:

The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, GBS, SC, JP
Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
15:10 – 16:40 Enhancing legal aid services in ensuring access to justice for all
In the words of the late Lord Bingham, “denial of legal protection to the poor litigant who cannot afford to pay is one enemy of the rule of law”. The costs of provision of legal aid services have been on the rise and may pose as a challenge to the allocation of public funding. Our distinguished speakers will share with us their views to enhancing existing legal aid systems and their vision for the next decade of legal aid services in ensuring access to justice for all.

Moderator: Dr Thomas So, JP
Partner, Mayer Brown, HKSAR

Panel speakers:
Mr Robert Pé
Former Adviser on Legal Affairs to Aung San Suu Kyi

Mrs Olufunke Adekoya
Member, World Bank Sanctions Board

Professor Albert Jan van den Berg
Honorary President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Mr Hans van Loon
Former Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

16:45 – 18:10 Keeping up with the times: Capacity building for Judicial Officers
Judicial independence is valued by many as fundamental to the rule of law. As the law develops to reflect changes in the society, judges today are faced with increasingly complex legal issues, more knowledgeable in-person-litigants and higher expectations from the public. The Judiciary is not shielded from the challenges arising from COVID-19 and calls for better use of technologies in the court rooms and active case management for an efficient judiciary. This panel will address the need for ongoing capacity building to strengthen and enhance judges’ ability in discharging their judicial functions.

Moderator: Ms Winnie Tam, SC, SBS, JP
Barrister, International arbitrator and mediator, Des Voeux Chambers

Panel speakers:
Judge Xue Hanqin
Vice President, International Court of Justice

Mr Makhdoom Ali Khan
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan, President of International Law Association - Pakistan

The Honourable Mr Justice Michael John Hartmann, GBS
Former Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong SAR

Professor Nico Schrijver
Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands

18:10 – 18:20Closing Remarks

The Honourable Mr Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung
Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal
Fourteenth Annual Generations in Arbitration Conference
Hong Kong Mediation Lecture
Case Settlement Conference Pilot Scheme to be launched in District Court of the Judiciary

CPD points: 2
(The Law Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC), Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (MHJMC), Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC))
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09:50 – 10:00 Welcome Remarks

Moderator: Mrs Cecilia Wong
Chairlady of the Mediation Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong & Member of the Judiciary’s Working Party on Mediation
10:00 – 10:20 Introduction of the Case Settlement Conference (CSC) Pilot Scheme

Mr Justice Lam VP
Chairman of the Judiciary’s Working Party on Mediation
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10:20 – 10:45 Presentation of report on External Mediation Master Scheme

Mr Dick Ho
Deputy Registrar, High Court
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10:45 – 11:10 Sharing session by an External Mediation Master

Mr Bryan Lung
Adjudicator of Small Claims Tribunal
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11:10 – 11:35 Experience sharing from the angle of a lawyer

Ms Rejina Chan
Solicitor attended EMM hearing
11:35 – 12:00 Presentation on Case Settlement Conference

Mr Registrar Lui
District Court
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12:00 – 12:15Q & A
Sports Dispute Resolution Conference

Medium: English
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Cantonese and Putonghua
CPD points: 3
(The Law Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC), Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (MHJMC), Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC))
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15:00 – 15:05 Welcome Remarks

Mr Clifford Tavares
Deputy Law Officer (Civil Law), Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
15:05 – 15:15 Keynote Speech

The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, GBS, SC, JP
Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
15:15 – 16:25 Panel Session 1: Sports arbitration
Currently, arbitration is the more prevailing form of dispute resolution for sports disputes. It is widely used in different types of disputes such as those of commercial nature (eg. labour disputes between players’ unions and clubs, transfer disputes, contractual disputes concerning broadcasting and sponsorship agreements etc.) and of disciplinary nature (e.g. anti-doping cases). With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics approaching, it is foreseeable that sports disputes will be on the rise. This panel session will discuss the current use of sports arbitration including the established procedures and typical disputes, the advantages and shortcomings of sports arbitration and other related topical issues.

Moderator: Mr Ronald Sum
Head of Dispute Resolution Asia, Addleshaw Goddard (Hong Kong) LLP; Member of the Steering Committee on Mediation & Chairman of the Public Education and Publicity Sub-Committee

Speakers:
Dr Mingchao Fan

Chairman, Arbitration Committee, Chinese Football Association
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Professor Yoshihisa Hayakawa
Professor of Law, Rikkyo University; Secretary General, Japan International Dispute Resolution Center
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Mr Daniele Boccucci
Director, The Football Forum

Dr Rouven F. Bodenheimer
Co-founder, Bodenheimer Herzberg
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16:25 – 16:35Q & A
16:35 – 17:45 Panel Session 2: Sports mediation
In sports, there is inevitably a winner and a loser; not everyone can get a satisfactory result. However, resolving sports disputes does not have to end this way. Sports mediation provides a speedy, flexible and creative dispute resolution mechanism for parties in achieving a win-win situation by amicable settlement. While sports mediation appears to be underused, there is a rising trend in recognizing the benefits and importance of mediation in resolving sports dispute. This panel session will discuss the latest trend of sports mediation including its advantages and application, why sports mediation has been underused in the past and how sports mediation can be further developed.

Moderator: Professor Ting Kwok Iu, MH
Consultant, Kwok, Ng & Chan

Speakers:
Mr Antoine Bonnet
Head of Mediation Services, Court of Arbitration for Sport

Mr Alexander Jacobs
Senior Legal Counsel, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Ms Amy Chan, JP
Headmistress, Apprentice Jockeys’ School & Executive Manager, Racing Development Board, The Hong Kong Jockey Club
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17:45 – 17:55Q & A
17:55 – 18:00 Closing Remarks

Mr Timothy Fok, GBS, JP
President, Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China
Mediation Conference 2020
“Mediate First – More Than You Can Imagine”
MORNING SESSION

Medium: English
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Cantonese and Putonghua
CPD points: 2
(The Law Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC), Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (MHJMC), Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC))
TimeActivity
09:30 – 09:35Launch of the “Mediate First" logo by the Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
09:35 – 09:50 Keynote Speech

Ms Anna Joubin-Bret
Secretary, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
09:50 – 11:20 Panel Session 1: United Nations Mediation Convention** – Challenges for mediators
Came into force in September 2020, the United Nations Mediation Convention establishes a harmonized legal framework for the right to invoke mediated settlement agreements and their enforcement. The need for enforceability is acute in the context of international commercial mediation, where the parties from different jurisdictions may face various hurdles in securing performance of the settlement reached. This panel session will discuss the application of the Convention and challenges faced by mediators in light of its constraints and exceptions on applicability of the Convention.

Moderator: Professor Ting Kwok Iu, MH
Consultant, Kwok, Ng & Chan

Speakers:
Judge Deng Yu
Director, Judicial Reform Office, Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China
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Madam Guo Min
Team leader for Diversified Dispute Resolution of the Case Filing Tribunal and Senior Judge Assistant, Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China
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Ms Winnie Tam, SC, SBS, JP
Barrister, international arbitrator and mediator, Des Voeux Chambers

Professor Nadja Alexander
Professor of Law (Practice), Singapore Management University (SMU); Director, Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy (SIDRA) of SMU
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Mr Bill Marsh
International Mediator, Independent Mediators, UK
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Dr James Ding
Commissioner, Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
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**United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation
11:20 – 11:30Q & A
Mediation Conference 2020
“Mediate First – More Than You Can Imagine”
AFTERNOON SESSION

Medium: English
Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in Cantonese and Putonghua
CPD Points:2.5
(The Law Society of Hong Kong)
CPD points: 3
(Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), Hong Kong Mediation Centre (HKMC), Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center (MHJMC), Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC))
TimeActivity
15:00 – 16:15 Panel Session 2: Use of online dispute resolution in light of COVID-19
With the advancement of technology, online dispute resolution (“ODR”) has been developing rapidly in recent years and the use of ODR has surged in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In June this year, the Department of Justice of Hong Kong has launched the “COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution Scheme” which provides an online multi-tiered dispute resolution mechanism. This panel session will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on dispute resolution process in general, the latest development of ODR and the advantages and topical issues surrounding ODR.

Moderator: Mr Adrian Lai
Deputy Secretary General, Asian Academy of International Law

Speakers:
Mr Daniel Lam, SBS, JP

Chief Executive Officer, eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre
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Mr James South
Managing Director, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution; Mediator
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Mr Rhys West
Chief Executive, FairWay Resolution
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Mr Zbynek Loebl
Of Counsel, PRK Partners
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16:15 – 16:25Q & A
16:25 – 17:35Panel Session 3: Mediation advocacy
Mediation advocacy involves a significant shift for lawyers and practitioners from an adversarial mode to a collaborative approach with a focus on the parties during a mediation process. To cope with this shift, it is therefore important that lawyers and other mediation representatives receive specialised training for mediation representation and advocacy. The speakers of this panel session would illustrate with their experience on the importance of mediation advocacy. Further, they would give advice on the skill-set required to adapt to this different role. It is hoped that the awareness of mediation advocacy among users and mediators would be raised.

Moderator: Mr C K Kwong, JP
Senior Partner, Sit, Fung, Kwong & Shum

Speakers:
Mr Simon Chapman, QC
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
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Ms Elaine Liu, JP
Barrister, Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers
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Ms Manon Schonewille
Business mediator, Legal Rebel in Rotterdam The Netherlands; Founder, Toolkit Company Academy Mediation & Negotiation
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Professor Leung Hing Fung
Vice- Chairman, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited
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17:35 – 17:45Q & A
17:45 – 18:00 Closing Remarks

Ms Christina Cheung, JP
Law Officer (Civil Law), Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government
Closing Session of Hong Kong Legal Week 2020
18:00 – 18:10 Closing Session of Hong Kong Legal Week 2020

The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng Yeuk-wah, GBS, SC, JP
Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong SAR Government

Speakers

Vision 2030 for Rule of Law

BackgroundIn 2015, all members of the United Nations have adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the Agenda), a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The 17 goals under the Agenda are interconnected, with the rule of law being a pillar for its successful implementation. Goal 16 aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Against the above background, DoJ has decided to formulate a new initiative, Vision 2030 for Rule of Law (Vision 2030). This initiative seeks to promote the proper understanding and recognition of the rule of law by studying its various elements through research, stakeholders’ collaboration and capacity building, thereby contributing to the sustainable development of inclusive and fair societies at both the local and international levels.

High Level Policy SupportIn the 2019 Policy Address (Supplement), the Chief Executive supported the launch of Vision 2030, a visionary initiative which spans over ten years for the promotion and education of the rule of law. At the ceremonial opening of the Legal Year on 13 January 2020, the Secretary for Justice announced that DoJ will launch a ten-year project entitled “Vision 2030 for Rule of Law”. In the 2020-21 Budget, the Financial Secretary also earmarked about HK$450 million for DoJ to implement Vision 2030, which is a ten-year initiative intended to cover the necessary human resources and other operational expenses.

Task Force on Vision 2030 for Rule of LawA Task Force on Vision 2030 (“Task Force”) with memberships of local and international renowned experts has been set up to advise the Government on its proposal to achieving the intended policy objective. Please click here for the Membership List of the Task Force.

Roadmap of Vision 2030 for Rule of LawVison 2030 comprises short, medium and long term targets.
Subject to the steer of the Task Force, short term targets of Vision 2030 include:-

  1. strengthening the community’s understanding and practice of the rule of law through promotion, education and capacity building;
  2. conducting research and collating relevant data relevant to rule of law;
  3. fostering collaboration with local and international stakeholders and co-organising events to promote and advance the rule of law; and
  4. keeping abreast of international and regional development in the rule of law.

Hong Kong Legal Hub

Hong Kong has a long and rich common law heritage.  Its mature legal system, which ranks well internationally, is renowned for being transparent, trustworthy and fair. To show the emphasis and recognition Hong Kong places on the rule of law and legal related services and to consolidate and enhance Hong Kong’s status as an international centre for legal, deal-making and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific region, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region offers space in the West Wing of the former Central Government Offices (CGO), a Grade 1 historic building now known as the Justice Place, the former French Mission Building, a declared monument nearby, and part of Two Exchange Square to accommodate offices of local, regional and international law-related organisations.  Together with the offices of the Department of Justice (DoJ) housed in the Main and East Wings and part of the West Wing of the former CGO, they form an international Legal Hub in our central business district.

Former Central Government Offices


The exterior of Main Wing in 1956

The exterior of Main Wing in 1983

The three buildings of Justice Place were built in 1950s as the former Central Government Offices (CGO) Complex. The East Wing was completed in 1954; the Main Wing and Legislative Council Chamber in 1956; and the West Wing in 1959. The buildings were designed in modern utilitarian style, prevalent from the early to mid-20th century, stressing the functional uses. The buildings were fitted with Crittall style steel windows. The exterior was designed with exposed structural concrete frame with minimal decorative finishes.

The 2nd generation of the former Executive Council Chamber at 1/F of Main Wing
Car porch of the Main Wing before renovation (2012)

After relocation of the Legislative Council to the former Supreme Court Building, the former Legislative Council Chamber was replaced by a new Annex in 1989. Upon moving Government offices from CGO to the new Central Government Offices Complex at Tamar in 2011, the buildings were renovated for use by DoJ with part of the West Wing converted into space for use of law-related organisations. Following completion of the renovation works, the Main Wing and East Wing have housed a large part of the DoJ since the third quarter of 2015. DoJ also gradually moved into West Wing from late 2019.

Former French Mission Building


The exterior in 1992

The interior of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal before the renovation in 2018

The former French Mission Building, a neo-classical style building constructed with granite and red brick, was built in 1917 by the French Society of Foreign Missions as its Procure of Hong Kong. It was used as the temporary headquarters of the Provisional Hong Kong Government after the Second World War. In 1952, the Government purchased the building from the French Mission. Since then, the building was used by various government departments and the Judiciary, e.g. Education Department, Victoria District Court, the Supreme Court, etc. It was then used as the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (CFA) from 1997 to 2015. The CFA was relocated to the former Supreme Court building in September 2015. FMB was subsequently renovated to provide space for use by law-related organisations and related purposes.

Some prominent historical architectural features of the building include the hall on the ground floor with its ornate columns, wooden staircase, domed ceiling in the chapel, and the well-proportioned internal courtyard with colonnades.

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