Previous IA Lectures

2021: Parallel proceedings in international arbitration: theoretical analysis and search for practical solutions
2020: A Response to DFAT’s Review of Australia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties 2019: Arbitration in Australia – Rising to the Challenge 2018: "The Need for Speed – Is International Arbitration Becoming Overly Fixated with Efficiency?” 2017: How worldly is it?” by The Hon Sir Bernard Eder2016: “International Arbitration and Independence – Off the Beaten Track” by Elliott Geisinger2015: “Dynamics, discretion and diversity - A recipe for unpredictability in international arbitration?” by Hilary Heilbron QC2014: “Commercial Courts and International Arbitration– Competitors or Partners?” by Michael Hwang SC2013: The authority of the arbitrator - its sources, limits and importance2012: The Impact of International Arbitration on the Rule of Law2011: Islamic influences on international arbitration2010: 仲裁 - Speaking your language? What is the language of resolution in the Asia-Pacific region?2009: The Day Before Tomorrow: Future Developments in International Arbitration2008: Inside Out: A User's View of International Arbitration2007: When Arbitrators Facilitate Settlement: Amiable Imposition or Actual Solution?2006: Enterprise v State: The New David and Goliath?2005: Litigate, Arbitrate, Mediate, Frustrate? Breaking the Dispute Deadlock2004: Apes, Neanderthals and Missing Links: Evolution in International Business Arbitration2003: East meets West: Tradition, Globalisation and the Future of Arbitration2002: Arbitration, Imagination and the Culture of Compromise: The Inaugural Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture

2010: 仲裁 - Speaking your language?What is the language of resolution in the Asia-Pacific region?

About the lecture

The level at which China has embraced arbitration is remarkable. Statistically, arbitration caseloads in China are among the highest in the world.

This poses the question: What is the impact of this on international arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region?

In the 2010 International Arbitration Lecture, Sally Harpole focused on the preference for institutional over ad hoc arbitration in China and the frequent adoption of Chinese as the language of the arbitration, as well as the consequences of this for arbitral procedure and the development of an emerging arbitration culture in the Asia Pacific.

About the speaker

Sally Harpole has over 30 years' legal experience in China. She is regarded as a leading international expert in Asia-based arbitration and mediation and has extensive experience as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of business areas including investment and joint venture, infrastructure projects, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and commercial contracts.

Sally has acted as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chair arbitrator in over 100 international commercial disputes in Asia, Europe and North America under a myriad of rules including UNCITRAL, ICC, ICDR, CIETAC, HKIAC, KLRCA, SIAC and SCC. Fluent in Chinese, English and Spanish languages, Sally is highly experienced in conducting arbitrations bilingually, as well as in English or Chinese.

As a mediator, Sally has acted in many international commercial disputes in Hong Kong and Beijing and has also advised clients on such mediations. Sally is qualified to practise law in Hong Kong and California and is listed on numerous international arbitrator and mediator panels.

Sally co-chaired the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association in 2007-2008 and currently serves on the Legal Practice Division council of the International Bar Association (2009-2010).

For more information please visit Sally Harpole & Co..

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