HKIArb Seminar: Arbitrating CISG Cases in Hong Kong: Don’t be a Dinosaur in the 21st Century!

The Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators will be hosting a 1 day in-person seminar with Vis East Moot Foundation on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG“).

The CISG represents the culmination of over 60 years of negotiations to harmonise the law governing the international sale of goods.  It has gained worldwide acceptance since its entry into force in 1988, with over 80% of the world’s trade in goods potentially governed by the CISG. As of December 2022, it entered into force in Hong Kong. Yet very few practitioners in Hong Kong are familiar with it or even aware of it. This situation presents a potential disadvantage to Hong Kong merchants, and a real threat to their lawyers and arbitrators, who ignore it at their peril. Lawyers may give up advantages or on the contrary, encounter pitfalls to the detriment of their clients. What does an arbitrator do when faced with a case clearly governed by the CISG, but the parties have ‘forgotten’ to plead it?

This course is presented by Louise Barrington (Chartered Arbitrator, 18LC), Sherlin Tung (Partner, Withersworldwide), Professor Anthony Daimsis (Director National Program and Moot Program and Professor, University of Ottawa), and Felix Cheung (Senior Associate, Hill Dickinson). It will take place on 20 March 2024 (Wednesday) at the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (Room 308, 3/F, West Wing, Justice Place, 11 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong) from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

You may register for the course on the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators’ website here.