Hong Kong—the arbitral tribunal’s powers and duties
Produced in partnership with Shaun Wu of Kobre & Kim (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong—the arbitral tribunal’s powers and duties

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  • Hong Kong—the arbitral tribunal’s powers and duties
  • The tribunal’s powers
  • The tribunal’s duties

Upon its constitution the tribunal will be vested with various powers, subject of course to the parties’ agreement and within limits allowed by the applicable law. At the same time, the tribunal will also have certain duties from which it cannot derogate, be it imposed by the parties, applicable law or ethical rules.

The tribunal’s powers

The parties may of course confer powers upon the tribunal, either expressly in the arbitration agreement or in the arbitral rules incorporated by reference. In addition, the Arbitration Ordinance, Chapter 609 (AO) will apply by default to supplement or limit such powers conferred.

It is beyond the scope of this Practice Note to detail all the powers that the tribunal may have but those conferred by the AO fall mainly within three categories:

  1. jurisdiction and procedure

  2. making of award and termination of proceedings, and

  3. interim measures, preliminary orders and emergency relief

As follows is a non-exhaustive checklist of such powers:

  1. jurisdiction and procedure

    1. general powers, including security for costs, discovery of documents and to direct attendance and examine witnesses and parties on oath or affirmation

    2. power to rule on its own jurisdiction, including any objections with respect to the existence or validity of the arbitration agreement

    3. power to act as mediator, after the arbitral proceedings have commenced, if all parties consent in writing

    4. power to determine