Session details

6th Asia Pacific Regional Forum Biennial Conference

27 Feb - 1 Mar 2019

Hotel New Otani

Session information

Shall we arbitrate or mediate, and where?
Hotel New Otani


Asia Pacific Regional Forum (Lead)


Arbitration and mediation have long been an important dispute resolution mechanism for a variety of international business disputes. A number of Asia-Pacific jurisdictions are very active in promoting international arbitration and mediation. Further, some jurisdictions also promote “international commercial court”. Although Japan has not traditionally been viewed as a significant proponent of international arbitration and mediation, this is quickly changing. In June 2017, the Japanese Government published its policy to develop a foundation to activate international arbitration. In February 2018, the Japan International Dispute Resolution Centre, or JIDRC, was incorporated, which began operating their state-of-the-art permanent arbitration facilities in Osaka in May 2018. The JIDRC plans to launch similar facilities in Tokyo by March 2020. Additionally, the Japan International Mediation Centre-Kyoto, or JIMC-Kyoto, became available to the global mediation community in September 2018.

In light of recent developments in various Asia-Pacific jurisdictions, the panel will discuss the strategic considerations to be paid in adjudicating international business disputes, including the right choice of seat and venue for litigation, arbitration and/or mediation. As arbitration and mediation is an increasingly preferred method of dispute resolution in regards to international commercial and financial matters, this plenary session is recommended to all of participants.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Akira Kawamura Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Tokyo, Japan; Honorary Life Member of Council and Association, International Bar Association
David W Rivkin Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York, USA; Honorary Life Member of Council and Association, International Bar Association


Professor Masato Dogauchi Waseda University, Law School, Tokyo, Japan
Mingchao Fan Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Shanghai, China
Sue Hyun Lim KCAB International, Seoul, South Korea
Vinayak Prabhakar Pradhan Asian International Arbitration Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Justice Bernard Rix Singapore International Commercial Court, Singapore, Singapore