Co-Chair
Clare Corke

Co-Chair
Hideaki Roy
Umetsu

Asia Pacific Regional Forum

The Asia Pacific Forum offers fantastic opportunities to establish contact with legal experts in and outside of the region, practising in many different areas of law, and to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region.

About the Forum

In addition to offering an unrivalled opportunity to establish contact among lawyers within and outside the region, and with acknowledged experts on different areas of law, specialist Forum activities provide an unparalleled opportunity to keep abreast of legal business developments in the region. Members also benefit from excellent working relations with national Bars, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and LAWASIA.

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The importance of neutrals’ understanding of cultural diversity

This article explores the need for arbitrators and mediators to be sensitive to cultural nuances, as their mission to resolve disputes can succeed or fail according to how well they can understand and accommodate them.

Released on May 27, 2021

Update on class actions in Australia

Australia’s class action regime has been in effect for over 25 years and is generally considered to be a balanced and very well-functioning system. However, over the last few years, some issues arising have caused disruptions, costly satellite disputes and some very strong partisan political interventions. These issues were mostly around the involvement of third-party litigation funders and multiple law firms vying for the ‘prize’ of running competing class actions.

Released on May 27, 2021

Contractor’s beware: strict compliance with notice requirements following Maeda v Bauer

Whether or not a contractor or sub-contractor has complied with a contractual claim notification provision is often a highly contested issue in construction disputes given its potential to be determinative of the parties’ claims. The Hong Kong Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Maeda Corp v Bauer Hong Kong, which adopts arguably the strictest approach to claim notification provisions among common law jurisdictions, should therefore be of interest to contractors and sub-contractors operating under Hong Kong law and other common law governed construction contracts. This article provides an overview of the dispute before considering its practical implications for contractual drafting and the performance of construction contracts.

Released on May 27, 2021

Predicting the unpredictable: Covid-19 and its impact on the energy industry

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 to be a public health emergency of international concern. On the same day, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) announced that it would issue ‘force majeure certificates’ to affected Chinese companies to help minimise economic losses arising from the outbreak and consequential events.

Released on Jun 01, 2020

Effects of Covid-19 on employment law

Along with loss of life, another victim of Covid-19 has been the economy.All businesses from aviation to hospitality have tested positive for Covid-19. The first thing all businesses start doing when faced with such losses is cut spending and limit themselves to the bare essentials of conducting business.

Released on May 04, 2020

Doing Business in Asia Pacific

September 2020: The Asia Pacific Regional Forum presents a comprehensive, innovative guide to doing business in the Asia Pacific, covering 11 jurisdictions and focusing on the common pitfalls and cultural differences of doing business throughout the region. This guide is an important tool for both investors and the legal profession when approaching certain critical aspects in Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

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Subcommittees and other groups

The Asia Pacific Regional Forum also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Asia Pacific Arbitration Group
  • Asia Pacific Forum Membership Subcommittee
  • Asia Pacific Forum Publications Subcommittee
  • Asia Pacific Forum Website Subcommittee
  • China Working Group
  • India Working Group
  • One Belt One Road Subcommittee

Film and media

China's economic future

Chief Economist at Deloitte China, Sitao Xu, on how China is transforming into a manufacturing and trading powerhouse to rival the United States.

US-China trade

President Obama's Trade Representative Michael Froman assesses America’s world trade priorities and the growing influence of China.