This webinar is organised by Hong Kong Mediation Council Limited ("HKMCL")- a wholly-owned-subsidiary of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre incorporated in October 2022.
HKMCL x International Mediator Series
To commemorate its establishment, HKMCL has lined up a series of webinars by international mediators through 2023, bringing in experts from around the world to discuss the power of mediation in a wide spectrum -- early use, creative applications, and various mediation techniques in construction, finance, personal injury, family disputes, and employment etc.
HKMCL International Mediator Series Part 2: Harvard Law School Lecturers Explain Implicit Bias in Mediation and the Strategies to Manage Them
Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic with friends or colleagues? Could your workplace or community benefit from heightened awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making? Harvard Law School Lecturers David and Audrey will help participants have a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to manage them. They will discuss where biases come from – essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in – as well as discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others, as well as strategies for counteracting bias.
In addition, David and Audrey will discuss David's new monumental survey (to be published at Harvard Negotiation Law Review) where he studied more than 1,000 social psychology literature regarding such techniques and identifies seven main categories of promising interventions: awareness, motivation, individuation, perspective-taking, contact, stereotype replacement, and mindfulness.
The webinar will be held in English via Zoom.
CPD: 1.5 Points (HKIAC)
(CPD Accreditation pending from HKMAAL and the Law Society of Hong Kong)
Speakers & Moderator
David A. Hoffman
John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School
John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School
David is the founding partner of Boston Law Collaborative, LLC, where he serves as a mediator, arbitrator, and collaborative law attorney. He also teaches three courses at Harvard Law School, where he is the John H. Watson, Jr. Lecturer on Law.
David was named Boston’s “Lawyer of the Year” for 2022 in the field of Arbitration by the book Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News & World Report, and also Boston’s “Lawyer of the Year” in previous years, including 2021 (Collaborative Family Law) and 2020 (Mediation). In 2021, he was named in Boston Magazine’s inaugural list of “Top Lawyers.” David has also been selected for the Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” list published in Boston Magazine every year since 2004, when the listing began. In 2014, the American College of Civil Trial Mediators gave David its Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2015, the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution gave David its highest honor, the D’Alermberte-Raven award.
David is the past chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and a founding member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. David is the former president of Kerem Shalom Congregation in Concord, Massachusetts, and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators.
Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School
Audrey is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLC and Executive Director of the BLC Institute. She is also a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School where she teaches Mediation, faculty for Harvard Negotiation Institute’s Advanced Mediation Workshop, and the founding Principal of Perspectiva LLC.
Audrey specializes in mediating workplace, employment, harassment, and discrimination disputes. She is Chair of BLC’s ADR Panel and serves on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediation panel, among other neutral panels. Previously, Audrey served as a mediator for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination where she mediated harassment, disability, age, race, and gender discrimination cases. Audrey has also served as a member of a pool of Title IX Adjudicators for Harvard Law School.
Drawing on her experience as a mediator and conflict management consultant, Audrey leads interactive workshops on implicit bias for attorneys, mediators, law enforcement, executives and other professionals. She has also taught employment discrimination and harassment prevention programs for a range of audiences including iron workers, mental health professionals, bank executives, and teachers. In the diversity context, Audrey has partnered with the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession and the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program on a study of law firm communication practices regarding diversity issues.
Chairperson at Hong Kong Mediation Council Limited
Christopher will be the Moderator of this webinar.
Christopher has been a leading pioneer in developing alternative dispute resolution in Asia for over three decades. He is a barrister-at-law, independent arbitrator, adjudicator, mediator and domain name specialist with qualifications in engineering and computing, and he currently sits on the panels of more than 40 alternative dispute resolution institutions. Over the years, Christopher has arbitrated, adjudicated, and mediated more than 1,000 international and domestic cases.
He has consistently received recognition for his work in alternative dispute resolution, such as being awarded Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and recognized by the International Who’s Who Legal as a Thought Leader in arbitration and mediation.
As former Secretary-General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre for a decade, Christopher elevated Hong Kong’s position as an international dispute resolution services centre on par with leading global arbitration centres. He also created the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre, which is internationally recognized in the dot.com community for resolving domain name disputes.
Christopher has authored or co-authored 14 books on the subject of dispute resolution. His two latest publications are Mediation in Hong Kong: Law and Practice (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2022) and The Arbitration Ordinance (Cap.609) in the Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2022). In addition, Christopher was the chief architect behind the establishing and publishing of the Asian Dispute Review Journal, the leading Asian alternative dispute resolution journal.
Since 2019, Christopher has served as the Programme Director of the programme for Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at the City University of Hong Kong. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Hong Kong Mediation Council Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary within the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chairperson of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and Chairperson of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, Construction Dispute Resolution Committee.