Is AI the Cure for International Dispute?

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Is AI the Cure for International Dispute?

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Across the Asia-Pacific, economies have been encouraging small and micro enterprises to enter cross-border business. But there has been a failure to recognise and prepare companies for the possibility of, and potential harm from, cross-border disputes, which are much more common, and damaging, than most small companies recognise. The average sum in dispute amounts to barely more than US$50,000, but with legal counsel costing over US$1,000 an hour, and disputes taking an average of 15 months to resolve, the costs of settling a dispute can be prohibitive. As a result, around one third of all disputes are left unsettled, often with crippling results for the SME concerned.

Responding to this challenge, a region-wide initiative is being launched to try to build a template that will use AI to resolve disputes, radically reducing the cost of a dispute, and speeding up the settlement process.

David Dodwell, Executive Director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, joined by some of the top legal minds, will discuss why dispute settlement challenge is so pressing, and what is being done in the APEC region to develop an AI-based platform to settle disputes.


About the Speakers

David Dodwell is the Chief Executive of Strategic Access Limited. Actively involved in the Hong Kong business community, Mr. Dodwell is long-standing member of the British Chamber of Commerce General Committee, and is former chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Service Industries, the policy think tank arm of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Dodwell was appointed the Executive Director of the trade policy think tank Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group, established to support the activities of the Hong Kong APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) members and to augment the voice of Hong Kong business in trade policy developments in the Asia-Pacific region.


Carrie Shang is the ADR Legal Counsel of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and has headed the Shanghai Representative Office of HKIAC between March 2017 and 2018. Her areas of specialization include dispute resolution, intellectual property and internet law. Prior to joining HKIAC, Ms. Shang was an Assistant Professor of Law at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) and led the University’s Free Trade and ADR Research and Development Center, and has provided policy advice to government agencies including the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce.


Dr. James Ding is a Principal Government Counsel and the head of the Treaties & Law Unit of the International Law Division, Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. He advises the government on various public and private international law issues. He has also published on various subjects of international law and international legal cooperation. He is currently the Convenor for the APEC Economic Committee Friends of the Chair Group on Strengthening Economic and Legal Infrastructure (SELI).


Anita Phillips trained with the firm, has worked in the London, Paris and Hong Kong offices and has over 15 years' experience in all forms of contentious work, including arbitration, litigation and mediation, and corruption-related matters. Anita is ranked as one of Hong Kong's leading mediation specialists. Anita specialises in thought leadership initiatives, and has been a core member of the firm's disputes practice since 2003. Over that time she has spoken at a wide number of events and published widely on dispute resolution topics. She also led the Hong Kong office's client research on mediation in Hong Kong, which was shortlisted for an FT Innovative Lawyer Award. Anita is vice chair of Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK), a society established in 2015 to support women at all levels of Hong Kong's legal industry.


Ticket includes full hot English breakfast buffet.

Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans and sports shoes are not permitted.

Member $ 400.00 HKD
Non-Member $ 520.00 HKD
Y-Network $300.00 HKD
Startup $300.00 HKD
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Is AI the Cure for International Dispute?

Tue, September 04, 2018
08:00 AM - 09:15 AM

David Dodwell, Executive Director, Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Group


Carrie Shang, ADR Legal Counsel, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre


James Ding, International Law Division, Department of Justice

Anita Phillips, Professional Support Consultant, Herbert Smith Freehills
Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central.
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