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30 Oct 2018
The Future of International Investment Dispute Resolution: the EU Proposal for a Multilateral Investment Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Recent Judgment in Achmea

Time : 18:30-20:00

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15 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
Investment Law & Investor-State Mediator Training

From 15 – 21 October 2018, Asian Academy of International Law has organised “Investment Law & Investor-State Mediator Training” together with Department of Justice of the Hong Kong SAR and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. With the very inspiring coaching of trainers coming from different continents and the very active participation of delegates, it was a true success and we are most thankful to all people who have been involved in this event.

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20 Sep 2018
Hong Kong Forum: 60th Anniversary of New York Convention

The “Hong Kong Forum: 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention” (the “Forum”) was held on the 20th of September 2018 to commemorate sixty years of operation of the New York Convention (the “Convention”). This one-day event was jointly organised by the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong SAR (DoJ), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL). Having invited prominent experts on arbitration and mediation as well as distinguished judges coming from all four corners of the world as speakers, the Forum has drawn 230+ audience who are mainly law practitioners with a very good number of government officials and academics. Other than reviewing the application...

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06 Jul 2018 - 07 Jul 2018
2018 Colloquium on International Law

The Asian Academy of International Law Limited (“the Academy”) is an independent and non-profit-making body set up in Hong Kong with a view to further the studies, research and development of international law in Asia. Albeit its relatively young history, the Academy has already organised a good variety of events, all of which have been very well received by local and overseas legal and business sectors as well as government and academic bodies. Amongst all events of the Academy, the most significant one is the annual Colloquium on International Law.

Last year, the Colloquium was graced with the presence of many distinguished speakers as well as supported by various esteemed bodies. On the floor, the audience was comprised mainly of prestigious scholars, legal professionals,...

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08 Jun 2018
AAIL Talk - Implementation of the Madrid Protocol in Hong Kong

The Madrid Protocol is a treaty administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, offering trade mark owners the possibility of having their trade marks protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with their own national or regional trademark office. Elsie Tse will illustrate its proposed application to Hong Kong and elaborate on some key features of implementation arrangements; while Theresa Mak will shed light on how legal professionals in Hong Kong could help local businesses in light of its implementation. The talk will be moderated by Benny Lo. For details, please click here.

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07 May 2018
AAIL Talk - Damages and Costs in Investment Treaty Arbitration Revisited

Mr Matthew Hodgson is a partner at Allen & Overy, who specialises in international arbitration and public international law. He'll be delivering a talk on "Damages and Costs in Investment Treaty Arbitration Revisited". The talk will be moderated by Mr Romesh Weeramantry. For details, please click here.

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21 Apr 2018
[Workshop] Introduction to Investment Law and Dispute Resolution

Professor Jane Willems and Mr David Branson are going to give a one-day workshop on "Introduction to Investment Law and Dispute Resolution". For details, please click here. Should you register for this event, you could at the same time register to attend the 07 May event for free!

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08 Mar 2018
AAIL Talk - Combination of Adversary and Inquisitorial Legal Systems –The Practice of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

"Combination of Adversary and Inquisitorial Legal Systems - The Practice of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)" by Judge LIU Daqun, Former Vice President of ICTY. For details, please click here.

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26 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
[Workshop]
The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization

Since its formation in 1995, The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been playing a seminal role in defining and shaping rules of trade among nations. Its legal regime covers a vast area of policy-making, ranging from the regulation of services and investments to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. As the primary organisation in the field of economic globalization, its Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) created the first ever binding decision-making apparatus on the multilateral level. Any serious attempt to understand the nature and development of international economic law requires a careful and detailed study of the WTO and its rules and jurisprudence.

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16 Oct 2017
[Lecture]
Arbitration in the Middle East amidst International and Political Conflicts

Despite the relatively unstable situation of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, business activities do not cease. Although there is no panacea for the conflicts affecting the MENA region, the established international and national legal frameworks do effectively facilitate the function of resolving commercial disputes as well as protecting investors in times of crisis.

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22 Sep 2017
[Seminar]
Partnering in Asia and Africa in Major Infrastructure Projects

On 7th July 2017, the UN-sponsored China-AALCO [Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization] Exchange and Research Program on International Law (CAERP), which was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation with Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL). It signified both sides would harness our respective advantages to facilitate joint contributions to promote exchanges and cooperation in various areas of international law amidst Asian and African countries. As the first cooperation achievement, a part of CAERP’s third training session was held in Hong Kong.

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20 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
[Lecture and Visit] – by invitation only
3rd Training Session of China-AALCO Exchange and Research Program on International Law – Hong Kong Session

On 7th July 2017, the UN-sponsored China-AALCO [Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization] Exchange and Research Program on International Law (CAERP), which was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation with Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL). It signified both sides would harness our respective advantages to facilitate joint contributions to promote exchanges and cooperation in various areas of international law amidst Asian and African countries. As the first cooperation achievement, a part of CAERP’s third training session was held in Hong Kong.

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19 Jul 2017
[Lecture]
The Past and Future of the Investment Chapter of the 'ASEAN+6' Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership

As the East Asia Summit concluded in late November of 2012, regional leaders formally agreed to launch negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which aimed to be the largest free-trade bloc in the world, comprising all ten ASEAN nations and six other countries with which the group has free-trade agreements (FTAs) – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand. Following the Trump Administration’s withdrawal of US signature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), China has been playing a greater role in finalising RCEP negotiations. However, as a collective middle power that remains signatory to the TPP, Australia and New Zealand do have potential to steer RCEP towards a combination of harder rules and more formal organizational features, rather than an arrangement with soft rules and informal organizational structures as expected by some political economists.

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07 Jul 2017 - 08 Jul 2017
[Colloquium on International Law]
Common Future in Asia

Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL) and the Chinese Society of International Law (CSIL) have co-hosted the 2017’ Colloquium on International Law, inviting guests of honour and distinguished speakers to shed light on three topics: 1. One Country Two Systems: Interaction with International Law 2. Investment Collaboration: Opportunities & Challenges for Asia 3. Interpretation of Treaties and UNCLOS: The Regime of Islands, Rocks and Offshore Archipelagos

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19 Apr 2017
[Lecture]
Privacy and Cyber Laws: A View from the Court of Justice of the European Union

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will start to apply on 25 May 2018, constituting the European Union’s latest data privacy standard. As a regulation, the GDPR aims to impose a more uniform data protection regime across the Member States, further clarifying the extent of its jurisdictional reach. One of the clauses of GDPR has drawn particular attention, namely the "right to be forgotten" (RTBF).

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05 Apr 2017
[Lecture]
The Latest Development of Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: From an International Perspective

In the midst of the current fast-growing economic globalisation, other than the omnipresence of cross-border movement of goods, capital, services, technology and information is a given, so are pertinent lawsuits. Whether a court judgment in civil and commercial matters in one country can be recognised and enforced in another country concerns cross-border realisation of equity and justice, and is being taken seriously in the international community.

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09 Mar 2017
[Lecture & Round Table Discussion] – by invitation only
South China Sea: Recent Development and Future Prospects

On 11 July 2016, an arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a long-awaited ruling in Manila’s case against Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea (SCS). The judges issued a unanimous decision that invalidated Beijing’s claims to ill-defined historic rights throughout the nine-dash line, finding that any claims of the SCS must be made based on maritime entitlements from land features. Thus, a new phase of territorial disputes in the SCS ensued in the wake of Philippines’ sweeping arbitral victory.

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