HKIAC—background to and structure of the institution
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The following Arbitration practice 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)?
  • Organisation structure
  • Rules as Appointing Authority and the Appointments Committee—exclusive statutory authority to appoint arbitrators unless otherwise agreed
  • Panel of arbitrators and list of arbitrators
  • The use of HKIAC arbitration internationally
  • Belt and Road services

HKIAC—background to and structure of the institution

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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

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