Having last week just been admitted to the panel of mediators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre it seems timely to look at the state of mediation in this tiny vibrant Chinese outcrop with its forest of skyscrapers and booming multi billion dollar economy.
I can do no better than point you to this article by Canadian mediator Louise Barrington who is Professional Consultant at Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Law.
From page 6 will be of most interest….
“One unfortunate feature on the Hong Kong landscape is the lack of
unity among mediation practitioners. Some Hong Kong commentators have
called for court-ordered mediation…there are good reasons for considering ADR in Hong Kong. It is one of the most expensive places to litigate in the world, with a disturbing proportion of self-represented litigants…”
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