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 of the Convention over the past six decades, the Forum also ventured to explore the need for the Convention to be "modernised" to meet the new challenges and to respond to the unprecedented complexities of the 21st century. Moreover, there was a session dedicated to discussing the implications of investment mediation on the future of investment arbitration. Under the Convention, arbitral awards made in Hong Kong can be enforced in 159 Contracting States and also in the Mainland by way of a mutual arrangement.
Speakers’ PPT files are now available for downloading: