One of the Department’s key policy objectives is to position Hong Kong as the leading centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Taking into account the prevailing situation, locally and internationally, in which the Hong Kong legal and dispute resolution services providers operate and the need for Hong Kong to capitalise on the opportunities offered under the Belt and Road Initiative (“BRI”) and the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” (“GBA”) Plan, the Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office (“IDAR Office”) was established in January 2019 under the Secretary for Justice’s direct steer to step up our efforts in enhancing our reputation in the international legal, dispute resolution and business arenas. We will continue to proactively support and develop Hong Kong in becoming a leading service centre for deal-making and resolving investment and commercial disputes relating to BRI and GBA.

A number of work and projects have been undertaken to advance the above objectives. For instance, we have been pursuing to conclude cooperation or partnership arrangements with other jurisdictions and international organisations. Furthermore, we have been organising, supporting or encouraging a number of important international events and activities in Hong Kong. At the same time, we have been striving to raise the international profile of Hong Kong in deal-making and dispute resolution through capacity building and promotional activities overseas. We have also been actively participating in and organising other activities and events in the Mainland, Asia and Europe, often in collaboration with international organisations, the legal and dispute resolution profession and other stakeholders.

Furthermore, we also promote the development of LawTech, including the creation of an efficient, cost-effective and secure online platform for the resolution of disputes as well as an interface for cross-border deal-making between enterprises.

In addition to the above, from the second quarter of 2020 onwards, a number of local, regional and international law-related organisations are gradually moving in the West Wing of Justice Place and the former French Mission Building. Alongside offices of the Department of Justice in the Main Wing, the East Wing and part of the West Wing of the Justice Place, the entire area forms a Legal Hub underpinning Hong Kong’s status as a leading centre for dispute resolution and legal services in the Asia-Pacific Region.

We will continue to strengthen our legal infrastructure as well as legal cooperation with the Mainland, while boosting cooperation with international organisations in capacity building work. We will also actively promote Hong Kong’s international legal and dispute resolution services overseas and in the Mainland, so as to consolidate Hong Kong’s position as a legal platform for deal making and dispute resolution (including mediation, arbitration, litigation and online dispute resolution).

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