The International Legal Affairs Committee (“ILAC”) is a committee established under the Standing Committee on External Affairs and is responsible for coordinating activities in the international arena so as to develop, maintain and establish relations with bar associations, law societies and other law-related associations overseas for the purpose of promoting the Law Society as a professional associations for solicitors in Hong Kong.
The Law Society actively participated in international conferences/ seminars and reached out to other legal professional bodies around the globe throughout the years.
In order to strengthen the cross-border ties, the Law Society also acts as a bridge between legal and business communities between the East and the West. We have signed 37 Memoranda of Understanding (“MOUs”) with 35 overseas lawyers associations and international legal organisations across the globe. As our constituency includes over 1,460 registered foreign lawyers qualified in 34 different jurisdictions, we are well-acquainted with the laws and legal systems of different countries around the world.
(Note: figures as of November 2021)
Hong Kong arbitral awards are enforceable in over 150 Contracting States to the New York Convention. It has respective arrangements for reciprocal judgment enforcement with Mainland China and Macao. Since 2015, Hong Kong has been among the top preferred seats for arbitration globally according to the International Arbitration Surveys conducted by Queen Mary University of London.