Choice of Court Agreements Convention 2005 and the Hague Conference Asia Pacific Regional Office

Date & time
5.30–6.30pm Tuesday 20 August 2013
Innovations Theatre, Innovations Building, cnr Eggleston Rd and Garran Rd, The Australian National University
Professor Anselmo Reyes, University of Hong Kong


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Professor Reyes will introduce the Hague Conference and the Hague Conference Asia Pacific Regional Office (HAPRO), identifying ways in which ANU and other Australian students might participate in HAPRO’s work. He will also speak about the Choice of Court Agreements Convention 2005 and suggest that it offers a way to make litigation competitive with arbitration. Such competition between litigation and arbitration as methods of dispute resolution might then help to bring down the cost of both, including the cost of enforcing judgments or awards in other jurisdictions.

Professor Anselmo Reyes is Professor of Legal Practice at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to that appointment in October 2012, Prof Reyes had practised as a barrister in Hong Kong from July 1989. He was appointed Senior Counsel in May 2001. As counsel, he had a broad civil practice, specialising in shipping, commercial, company, revenue and telecommunication law cases. He became a judge of the Court of First Instance in September 2003. As a judge, he heard numerous applications relating to arbitration, including deciding FG Hemisphere at first instance. Professor Reyes stepped down from the Hong Kong Judiciary in September 2012 to practise as a commercial arbitrator and advocate in arbitrations. He is the author of two privately printed books: Reflections on Civil Procedure under Civil Justice Reform and How To Be an Arbitrator: A Personal View. The books are based on a lecture series which he delivered in 2009 and 2012 respectively under the sponsorship of the HKMLA and the HKU Faculty of Law. In April 2013, Professor Reyes was appointed as the Representative of the Hague Conference Asia Pacific Regional Office (HAPRO) based in Hong Kong.


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