Looking forward

Future work in collaboration with international organisations

Counsel in the Division will continue to support the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Regional Office) in promoting legal co-operation in the region. For example, the Division is planning to organise jointly with the Regional Office more regional or international events including a symposium in Macao SAR in June 2015 and an international conference in HKSAR in November 2015.

The Regional Office will also continue to support the Division in organising events under the auspices of APEC, with a view to promoting international co-operation through the use of Hague Conventions among APEC member economies, including a workshop on Effective Enforcement of Business Contracts and Efficient Resolution of Business Disputes Through the Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention to be held in Cebu, the Philippines around early September 2015.

Moreover, co-operation with APEC and other APEC member economies will be further strengthened through the Group on Strengthening Economic and Legal Infrastructure (established by the APEC Economic Committee) of which counsel of this Division will assume the role of Convenor.

Counsel in the Division will continue to liaise with PCA to explore further co-operation opportunities, including organisation of a PCA seminar in the HKSAR in March 2015, in collaboration with the Legal Policy Division.

Counsel in the Division will also foster co-operation with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) through participation in the international seminars organised by the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and jointly organising international conferences as well as possible secondment to the Centre.