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BIICL in Hong Kong

BIICL Establishes base in Hong Kong

BIICL is currently embarking on an expansion of its research programme in legal areas of increasing importance such as trade and diplomacy, climate change, technology, regulation and artificial intelligence. In particular, the Institute wants to be a hub which facilitates the exchange of ideas that have genuine societal impact and relevance at regional, national and global level.

United by a shared common law heritage and respect for the law, BIICL chose Hong Kong as the location to launch its first formal presence in Asia. On 22 July 2019, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and BIICL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a partnership in academic and professional activities. CUHK and BIICL will cooperate in knowledge creation and exchange in various fields of law, such as international and comparative law. In addition, both parties will co-organise effective events and develop professional training and continuing professional development across the legal, government and non-governmental communities in Hong Kong and Asia.

 To mark the occasion, an inaugural seminar, International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections, was held with speakers including the former President of the UK Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger and the Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li. The first panel, moderated by Chiann Bao, Arbitration Chambers and Honorary Senior Fellow of BIICL, reflected upon how the civil law and common law systems have influenced international arbitration. The second session was moderated by BIICL Honorary Research Fellow, Professor Chin Leng Lim of CUHK and saw panel members focussing on investment arbitration.

The Institute is grateful to the legal community in Hong Kong for the support they are providing and the first meeting of BIICL Hong Kong's Advisory Panel was held on 18 November to discuss possible areas of research and future training programmes. Updates will be posted on the website as the programme develops.

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