COVID-19 has already led to the cancellation and postponement of arbitral hearings and some countries are now envisaging restrictions remaining in some form for 6 months or more.
The result of this is that the arbitration community is now grappling with whether hearings can practically and legally be held virtually and together with that bring the ancillary benefits of efficiency and greener arbitrations. However, there remain real concerns of enforceability of any award in circumstances where one party insists on an in presence hearing. There also remain real concerns on whether cross examination can be properly conducted virtually, especially where translation is required. This is all the more complicated in the present situation when parties and counsel may be subject to social isolation rules, with offices and telepresence facilities closed, and it would be necessary to virtual attend from home and alone.
This issue will be discussed in a new webinar from HK45 on 8 May. Speakers include: Lucy Greenwood (International Arbitrator at Greenwood Arbitration), Young-Hee Kim (Associate at Quinn Emanuel), Eric Ng (Managing Counsel at HKIAC), Tim Robbins (Chambers Director of Arbitration Chambers) and Thomas Walsh (Partner at Clifford Chance).
Agenda: (Hong Kong time)
15:30: Webinar starts
16:30: Webinar ends
International Arbitrator at Greenwood Arbitration
Associate at Quinn Emanuel
Managing Counsel at HKIAC
Chambers Director of Arbitration Chambers
Partner at Clifford Chance
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