Legal Foundations of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (19 September 2016)

The University of Hong Kong
Asian Institute of International Financial Law
RGC Theme-based Research Scheme Project:
“Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”


Legal Foundations of the
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Gerard Sanders
General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Monday, 19 September 2016
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Room 319, 3/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong

This seminar looked at the creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, with particular reference to the institution’s basic documents. A focus of the seminar was on how the Articles of Agreement compare with those of other multilateral development banks. Critical points of continuity with, and departure from, the constitutional documents of comparator organisations will be highlighted and explained.

Gerard Sanders joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as General Counsel in August 2016. For the previous two years, he was General Counsel at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations, working at its headquarters in Rome. Previously, Gerard held various positions at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development working in its principal office in London, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. Earlier in his career, Gerard worked for the law firms of Simpson Grierson in Wellington and Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and in the corporate headquarters of BP p.l.c. in London. Gerard graduated B.Com., LL.B. from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and has graduate law degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and Harvard Law School. He is qualified to practice law in New Zealand, the State of Victoria, Australia, and England and Wales. He is a Chartered Accountant (NZ). Gerard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is Visiting Professorial Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, and Founding Editor of ‘Law in transition’.