HKIAC (2013)—procedure
Produced in partnership with Winston & Strawn LLP—Hong Kong office
HKIAC (2013)—procedure

The following Arbitration guidance note Produced in partnership with Winston & Strawn LLP—Hong Kong office provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • HKIAC (2013)—procedure
  • The usual procedure of a HKIAC arbitration
  • The preliminary meeting in a HKIAC arbitration
  • Pleadings or statements of case in a HKIAC arbitration
  • Exchange of lists of documents, witness statements and expert reports
  • Hearings in a HKIAC arbitration
  • Closure of HKIAC arbitration proceedings

This Practice Note provides guidance on the procedure of an arbitration pursuant to the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Administered Arbitration Rules 2013 (the 2013 HKIAC Rules; HKIAC 2013).

As discussed in Practice Note: HKIAC (2013)—the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules, the 2013 HKIAC Rules apply/applied (generally) to HKIAC arbitrations commenced between 1 November 2013 and 31 October 2018, unless the parties agree/agreed otherwise. For HKIAC arbitrations commenced on or after 1 November 2018, the 2018 HKIAC Rules will apply (generally), unless the parties agree otherwise.

For an introduction to the HKIAC and its structure, see Practice Note: HKIAC—background to and structure of the institution. Practical guidance on the 2018 HKIAC Rules can be found here: HKIAC arbitration—overview.

The usual procedure of a HKIAC arbitration

Each arbitration is different and one of the most attractive features of this method of dispute resolution is that the procedure can be adapted to suit the needs of each case. That said, most arbitrations follow a similar procedural pattern.

The usual procedures for arbitration under 2013 HKIAC Rules are:

  1. the tribunal will usually hold a preliminary meeting with the parties at an early stage of the arbitration proceedings to agree a provisional timetable (HKIAC 2013, Art 13.2)

  2. the tribunal shall adopt suitable procedures for the conduct of the arbitration to avoid unnecessary delay or expense, having