Mixed-mode dispute resolution: China’s Belt and Road is driving change

A trend toward combining alternative dispute resolution processes (typically mediation and arbitration) is gaining traction internationally and is being particularly driven in Asia by the Belt and Road Initiative. With China at the heart of the Belt and Road, a more consensus-driven approach to dispute resolution, reflecting Asian values and promoting mediation, looks set to … Read more

Belt and Road: Supporting the resolution of disputes

We have previously commented on how the sheer complexity and scale of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative is prompting a welcome review of dispute resolution processes including efforts, led and supported by the Chinese government, to encourage mediation clauses in Belt and Road agreements. In the following article, first published on http://arbitrationblog.kluwerarbitration.com on 16 April 2018, Mingchao Fan … Read more

Shape the future of dispute resolution: Global Pound Conference moves to Hong Kong

Hosting more than 5,000 corporate and disputes professionals in a series spanning 40 cities across 31 countries, the Global Pound Conference (GPC) is a global conversation about how to improve the resolution of commercial disputes in the 21st century. Using a unique electronic interactive format, which has been dubbed the blueprint for future conferences, delegates from key stakeholder … Read more

ADR for financial disputes: Proposals to significantly enhance the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme

The Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre (FDRC), which since June 2012 has been providing ADR services to financial institutions and their individual customers in Hong Kong, has recently launched a consultation to significantly enhance the Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme (FDRS) administed by it. The FDRS provides a channel for the resolution of monetary disputes by way … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills launches latest insights guide: ADR in Asia Pacific – Spotlight on Singapore

  As dispute resolution professionals, users, judges, arbitrators and mediators prepare to convene in Singapore for the inaugural event of the Global Pound Conference series, Herbert Smith Freehills sheds light on ADR trends in the city state. Since the 1990s, Singapore has improved access to ADR. Various schemes and institutions have developed to encourage disputing … Read more

Global Pound Conference series on the future of dispute resolution kicks off with first event in Singapore on 17-18 March 2016

On 17-18 March, Singapore will host the first event in the Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series  –  an ambitious worldwide conference series set to take place in at least 36 cities across the globe over the course of the next year. The aim of the GPC series is to bring together users of commercial and civil dispute resolution services, … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills publishes ADR in Asia Guide

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Hong Kong dispute resolution team has launched its first ADR in Asia Guide, featuring a spotlight on mediation in Hong Kong. In particular, the Guide includes the results of our recent client research on how international corporates use mediation in Hong Kong. If you would like an electronic copy of our Guide, please … Read more

Mediation within arbitration – a new Med-Arb-Med protocol in Singapore

We recently reported (here) on the official launch of the Singapore International Mediation Institute (SIMI) on 5 November 2014.   One particularly interesting feature of the launch was the announcement of a new arbitration-mediation-arbitration (‘Arb-Med-Arb’) protocol (“AMA Protocol“), under which the SIMI will work closely with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) to promote mediation within international arbitration.   The concept … Read more