CUHK and HYI Successfully Co-Host Arbitration Workshop

CUHK and HYI Successfully Co-Host Arbitration Workshop

The Faculty of Law at Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK”) and Harvard Yenching Institute (“HYI”) successfully co-hosted a workshop entitled “Towards a Theory of Arbitration: A Decentering Approach to Globalisation” on 27-28 June. This arbitration workshop brought together a group of distinguished scholars from many jurisdictions (US, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Denmark, Japan and Hong Kong) and different disciplines (historians, economists, anthropologists, legal theorists and arbitration specialists) to explore the various dimensions of arbitration from philosophical, historical, cultural and economic perspectives. It is one of the first attempts to co-host an event to discuss the theoretical and conceptual issues of arbitration from a variety of angles. The workshop provided a space for debate, engagement and exploration of ideas, breaking through conventional sub-disciplinary boundaries of legal history, comparative law, jurisprudence, legal anthropology, law and economics and other areas of substantive interest.

Dean Professor Christopher Gane gave the welcoming address to commence the two-day workshop, which was followed by Professor Fan Kun’s introductory remarks to set out the theme of the workshop. During the two-day discussions, the distinguished speakers addressed various issues surrounding international arbitration, including the notion of arbitration, the origin of arbitration, the legitimacy of arbitration, arbitration and culture, arbitration and semiology, and the economy of arbitration. The keynote speech on the Legitimacy of Arbitration was delivered by Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler (University of Geneva, ICCA Member). Harvard Yenching alumni that attended the workshop included Professor Yasuhei Taniguchi, Professor Billy So, Professor Fan Kun, and Dr. Masao Imamura. Professor Yu Xingzhong (Cornell Law School) concluded the workshop with a speech. More information about the workshop can be found at https://webapp1.law.cuhk.edu.hk/2014conference/0627/law/index.php.