An Arbitrator’s Perspective of International Arbitration in Asia (29 Oct 2015)

East Asian International Economic Law & Policy Programme (EAIEL)
Asian Institute of International Financial Law
Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong



Professor Leon Trakman
University of New South Wales

Thursday, 29 October 2015
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Room 322, 3/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong

Chair: Professor C.L. Lim

Professor Trakman discussed the development of international arbitration in Asia over time, key challenges that lie ahead, and ways of addressing them. He addressed both international commercial arbitration, and investment arbitration.

Professor Leon Trakman has been an arbitrator and mediator since 1979. He received B Comm and LLB degrees at the University of Cape Town and LLM and SJD (Doctorate in the Science of Law) from Harvard Law School. Professor Trakman specializes, inter alia, in international commercial arbitration and in international trade and investment law. He is author and editor of 9 books and has written over 100 articles and papers on international commercial arbitration, and international trade and investment law.

He has resolved more than one hundred multimillion dollar commercial and inter-governmental disputes. A widely appointed adjudicator under the US-Canada Free Trade Agreement and the NAFTA, Leon Trakman has served on a number of high profile panels, including the controversial Softwood-Lumber dispute (dumping) by appointment of the US, Canadian and Mexican Governments. He has been appointed as an arbitrator in four continents such as by the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association in the United States, the World Intellectual Property Association in Geneva, and the Hong Kong Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.