HKIAC—background to and structure of the institution
Produced in partnership with Terence Wong of Winston & Strawn LLP
HKIAC—background to and structure of the institution

The following Arbitration guidance note Produced in partnership with Terence Wong of Winston & Strawn LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • HKIAC—background to and structure of the institution
  • What is the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)?
  • Belt and Road services

This Practice Note provides information on the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)’s background and structure.

Guidance on arbitration pursuant to the HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules can be found in the ‘Related documents’.

What is the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)?

The HKIAC is one of the leading dispute resolution service providers in the Asia-Pacific region and the world. It was established in 1985 by a group of leading business professionals, in view of the growing need for arbitral services in Asia and, in particular, Hong Kong.

The HKIAC was originally formed as a non-profit making entity with support from the Hong Kong government and the business community. Today, the HKIAC manages its own operations and is financially self-sufficient, and ‘completely free and independent from any type of influence or control’. The HKIAC plays a leading role in the promotion of arbitration in the region, including the organisation of Hong Kong Arbitration Week.

Established to promote the use of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, the role of the HKIAC is mainly to support and facilitate arbitrations conducted in Hong Kong. It provides various support services to arbitrators and parties to arbitrations, including fund holding services, the provision of arbitration hearing facilities, tribunal secretary services, video-conferencing facilities, interpreters and translators, and document storage services.

The HKIAC also administers arbitrations (under its