Japan’s whistleblower laws set to change

Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency is currently considering amendments to expand the scope and increase the effectiveness of Japan’s whistleblower protection laws. The proposal is earmarked for implementation later this year. Current status of whistleblower protections in Japan Whistleblowers are protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act (Act No. 122 of 2004), which prohibits discriminatory treatment of … Read more

Japan International Mediation Centre to open in Kyoto

It has recently been announced that a new “Japan International Mediation Centre” is to open in Kyoto, reportedly in early 2018. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which an independent third party helps resolve a dispute through negotiation. The opening of a new centre dedicated to resolving commercial disputes in this manner … Read more

Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa: 2nd edition

Herbert Smith Freehills has published an updated second edition of our Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa, a publication summarising the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in each of Africa's 54 diverse jurisdictions. In the light of the recent growth in China, India and Japan's business interests in resource-rich Africa, the Guide may be of interest to corporates in Asia seeking new economic partnerships … Read more

Launch of landmark global conference series on the future of dispute resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the launch of The Global Pound Conference (GPC) Series 2016-17. The aim of this ambitious worldwide conference series is to build a global conversation about the current landscape of civil and commercial dispute resolution and how dispute resolution tools and institutions should respond to the needs of 21st century business.  In particular, it … Read more

New guide to anti-corruption regulation in Asia Pacific launched

Over the past two years we have witnessed an exponential increase in global efforts to combat corruption. Nowhere is this more visible than Asia, where a number of countries have recently passed new anti-corruption legislation or taken steps to strengthen their existing anti-corruption frameworks. Local anti-corruption laws should now be the main compliance concern for … Read more

ADR in Asia – a practical guide to mediation in Hong Kong

Last week, we published the first article from our ADR in Asia Guide. This summarised the main ADR processes and their use across Asia. Here, you can access the second article from our Guide – a practical guide to mediation. It is five years since the Civil Justice Reform (CJR) put mediation at the heart … Read more

ADR in Asia  Рoverview of key ADR processes

We previously reported the publication of our new ADR in Asia Guide. As well as distilling the results of our client survey on mediation in Hong Kong, the Guide contains a summary of the main ADR processes and their use across Asia. This summary¬†also contains our Dispute Resolution Wheel, which explains at a glance the … Read more