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Dr. Stanimir Alexandrov

Invitation from the ICCA President

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It is with great pleasure that ICCA President Stanimir Alexandrov invites the international arbitration community to attend the 2024 ICCA Congress in Hong Kong. With ‘International Arbitration: A Human Endeavour’ as the theme, the Congress will provide an opportunity to discuss the state of international arbitration today, with an emphasis on the many people and stakeholders that contribute to driving the field forward.

Justin D'Agostino MH
Neil Kaplan CBE KC SBS
Joanne Lau
Dr. Mariel Dimsey

Invitation from the Congress Co-Chairs and the Host

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It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the XXVIth Congress of International Council for Commercial Arbitration which will be held in Hong Kong from 5 to 8 May 2024.

There is no better place than this city to host the Congress at this time. Hong Kong remains one of the world's most important financial centres, a vital node in the global flow of trade and capital, and a leading seat of international arbitration.

This global business hub has also been at the cutting edge of arbitral innovation since the 1980s. Today, the city's world-class commercial legal ecosystem is stronger than ever, with an outstanding infrastructure and enduring reputation for arbitration.

However, uncertainty and complexity remain despite the pandemic's demise, with new global realities and crises to debate, and regional and social issues and inequities to continue to address.

The ICCA Congress is the ideal occasion on which to gather from around the world to debate and strengthen international arbitration and dispute resolution for these uncertain times.

Hong Kong is the ideal setting for this discussion, as the city reminds us time and again that everything can be familiar, yet unfamiliar. A bustling city with acres of parklands, that trades containers, companies and crypto alike, and where Michelin stars adorn both fine dining salons and dai pai dongs. This city of commercial hustle exists side by side with academic innovation at the city's 14 universities and, for us especially, it is a vital bridge between the common law world and the new economies and legal traditions of the Asia Pacific region.

There is no more appropriate venue in which to connect, collaborate and create solutions for the challenges ahead.

We look forward to welcoming you to the XXVIth ICCA Congress in Hong Kong.

Chiann Bao
Audley Sheppard KC

Introduction of the Congress Theme from the Programme Committee Co-Chairs

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With the theme “International Arbitration: A Human Endeavour,” this Congress focuses on the individual as a participant in the international arbitration system. The Congress turns the telescope around and examines the impact of human nature and behaviour on international arbitration- and the impact of arbitration on the individual participants. How can people apply their intelligence, ingenuity and willpower to achieve desired outcomes and improve processes? What are the desired outcomes of the future? Will humans continue to be the key actors in international arbitration? The Congress will include topics such as the economics of dispute resolution, culture and semantics, the art of persuasion, ethics and civility, social networks, diversity and inclusion, societal interests, the impact of technology, training and capacity building. Delegates will hear from scholars, social scientists, futurologists and practitioners.

ICCA 2024 Hong Kong Main Venue

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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai

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