4th Belt and Road Conference by The Law Society of Hong Kong
4th Belt and Road Conference by The Law Society of Hong Kong

 

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Introduction

With unprecedented changes happening around the world, many countries and regions have experienced certain fallout economically or diplomatically. The Belt and Road Initiative (“BRI”), with a strong network of countries and regions across the world, paves a path for their re-engagement with emphasis on innovation, openness and inclusiveness. 

To further explore how the Initiative speeds up worldwide collaboration and revival, The Law Society of Hong Kong’s 4th Belt and Road Conference themed “Global Recovery and Harmony through the Belt and Road Initiative” will be held on Thursday, 4 November 2021 virtually. As part of the Department of Justice’s Hong Kong Legal Week 2021, the Conference will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation from English to Putonghua and Cantonese. 

The Conference aims at discussing ongoing initiatives and plans; practical guidance on manoeuvring in geo-politically troubled waters; and effective resolution of disputes to build harmony and realise opportunities. Please join us to share your thoughts with leaders and lawyers in BRI jurisdictions on the topical theme!

Theme
Global Recovery and Harmony through the Belt and Road Initiative


 

         
Date
4 November 2021 (Thursday)
 
Time
09:00 - 17:30 (Hong Kong Time)
 
Format
Zoom Webinar
 
Language
English 
(supported by simultaneous interpretation in Putonghua & Cantonese)
 
CPD Points
6 CPD points will be accredited
 

 

Conference Programme

Time (HKT) Programme
09:00-09:45
Opening Ceremony

Welcome Remarks

Opening Address

Officiating Guest

  • Mr. Liu Chunhua
    Director-General of Legal Affairs Department, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
09:45-10:15
Keynote speech on “Global Recovery and Harmony through the Belt and Road Initiative”
  • Mr. Liu Guangyuan
    Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
10:15-10:30
Break
10:30-12:00
Session 1 - “National and regional initiatives as roadmaps to global economic recovery”

In this session, law-makers, businessmen and legal professionals come together to discuss the opportunities and challenges of various national and regional initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP), Greater Bay Area plan and “Dual Circulation” as roadmaps to global economic recovery, enabling lawyers to reflect on and consider how to seize the opportunities and tackle the challenges.

Panel Chair

Speakers

12:15-13:45
Luncheon for distinguished guests and local speakers
14:00-15:30
Session 2 - “How law and legal professionals can help businesses to manoeuvre in geo-politically troubled waters?”

Businesses do not operate in a vacuum from politics. How can we, lawyers around the world, help businesses navigate geo-politically risks, sanctions, taxation in the digital economy, trade war, currency wars, resource crunch in an evolving new world order?

Panel Chair

Speakers

15:30-15:45
Break
15:45-17:15
Session 3 - “Building harmony in diversity through strengthening effectiveness of dispute resolution mechanisms applicable in the BRI jurisdictions”

Diversity, inclusion, openness and building win-win partnerships are synonymous with the BRI. With over US$9 trillion in trade across 140 BRI partner countries and regions, how best can we resolve disputes when they arise, so that we can focus on building and sharing prosperity?

Panel Chair

Speakers

  • Dr. James Ding Kwok-wing
    Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
  • Mr. Prashant Kumar 
    President, Bar Association of India
  • Ms Pui-ki Emmanuelle Ta
    Chief Executive Officer, eBRAM
  • Prof. Zhao Yun
    Representative, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Hague Conference on Private International Law; and Head of Department of Law, The University of Hong Kong
17:15-17:30
Closing Remarks
  • Mr. Fred Kan
    Chairman of Belt and Road Conference Organising Committee, The Law Society of Hong Kong

  

Belt and Road Conference 2021 Organising Committee

Fred Kan (Chairman) C. M. Chan Nick Chan Neville Cheng
Heidi Chui Julianne Doe Brian Ho Stephen Hung
Olivia Kung Karen Lam Jonathan Lee Daniel Leung
William Ling Daphne Lo Catherine Mun Amirali Nasir
Melissa Pang Robert Rhoda Hin Han Shum Thomas So
Ronald Sum David Tiang Henry Wai Careen Wong
Louise Wong James Wong Philip Wong Ann Yeung

Note:

  • In alphabetical order of family name
  • The programme is subject to change without prior notice