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Conference Program

Please note that the below is a preliminary conference program and subject to change. Information correct as at 9 April 2019.

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Please note that the conference will be held across two different venues: The JW Marriott Hotel and the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Monday, 4 November 2019
1400 – 1800 LAWASIA Executive Committee Meeting
ExCo Members only
 
Tuesday, 5 November 2019
1000 – 1600 Annual LAWASIA Council Meeting
LAWASIA Council Members only. This event is by direct invitation only.
1800 – 2000 Presidents’ Dinner
Invitation only
 
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
0830 – 0930 Registration
JW Marriott Hotel
0930 – 1030 Opening Ceremony
JW Marriott Hotel
1030 – 1100 Morning Refreshments & Networking
JW Marriott Hotel
1100 – 1230 Plenary Session
JW Marriott Hotel
1300 – 1430 Lunch & Guest Speech 
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
1800 – 1900 Update on Global Legal Landscape
Happy Valley Racecourse
1900 – 2200 Welcome Reception & LAWASIA Cup
Happy Valley Racecourse
 
Thursday, 7 November 2019
0800 – 0900 Registration continues
HKCEC
0900 – 1030 ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Risk Management in Mediation and Arbitration for International and Cross-border Disputes

HKCEC

TAXATION
Taxing the digital economy: where do we stand now & what’s next?

In March 2018, the OECD issued a preliminary report discussing the challenges of taxing the digital economy. Drawing strength from Action 1 of the BEPS report, this recent report studies the characteristics of digital businesses including its remote presence, reliance on intangibles and data, and heavy user participation. Having said this, the notion of how to tax the digital economy remains a difficult question for countries worldwide. Despite the urgency on the part of tax authorities wanting to tax the digital economy, there is still no common global on how to achieve this. The new business models that the digital economy creates remain elusive from the taxation net and this is partially contributed to the fact existing tax laws and framework are not suited to effectively tackle this.

With international pressure and interest in this area, this session aims to discuss how tax authorities in this region are preparing to address the question of taxing the digital economy, which has revolutionised the manner in which people today live and conduct their daily lives including businesses. This session will also analyse the unilateral approaches taken by some governments are effective or are these pure interim measures.

ANTI-TRUST
Making Leniency Great Again – the Challenges of Cross-border Cartel Enforcement
1030 – 1100 Morning Refreshments & Networking
HKCEC
1100 – 1230 COMMUNICATIONS, TECHNOLOGY & DATA PROTECTION
The extra-territorial impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on businesses in the Asia Pacific region.

HKCEC

SPORTS LAW
Sports Contracts Management and Sports Dispute Resolution
UNCITRAL
Harmonised regulation of E-Commerce in Asia and current UNCITRAL initiatives

This session will focus on the adoption and implementation of UNCITRAL’s e-Commerce Conventions and model laws, with particular emphasis upon the requirements of the revamped Trans Pacific Partnership and approaches within ASEAN to the regulation of electronic commerce.

1230 – 1345 Lunch & Networking
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
1400 – 1530 BANKING & FINANCE
Fintech, Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering

HKCEC

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Legal responsibility of enterprises for climate change and its consequences

• Legal responsibilities and business risks of enterprises and their directors for the contribution and exposure of the enterprises’ activities, goods and services to climate change and its consequences
• Legal responsibilities and business risks of financiers of such enterprises
• Legal responsibilities and business risks of investors of such enterprises.

EMPLOYMENT LAW
Employees Protection: Sexual Harassment, Equality and Diversity
1530 – 1600 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
HKCEC
1600 – 1730 HUMAN RIGHTS
Human Rights Issues (including modern slavery) in the 21st Century Tackled at its Source

HKCEC

BELT & ROAD
Building A Community of Common Destiny: BRI Legal Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region

Since its inception in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has attracted a lot of attention and secured wide participation from the international community. To date, some 170 countries and international organisations have signed BRI cooperation documents. Pilot projects such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, China-Laos Railway and Jakarta-Bandung High-speed Railway have steadily progressed. A few developed countries have expressed their interest in conducting mutually beneficial cooperation with China as well as with any third party. The Belt and Road Initiative is opening up even broader prospects for development.

As the Belt and Road Initiative develops, there is an increase in the number of disputes arising from various fields such as investment, trade, taxation, finance, land and labour, which entails an urgent need to improve legal services and international dispute settlement mechanisms and strengthen international cooperation in relevant fields.

This session will: (1) discuss major legal risks and problems faced in Belt and Road Projects; (2) explore different routes to develop and improve international dispute settlement mechanisms within Asian-Pacific region; (3) summarise the practice and experience of transnational legal service; (4) discuss the role of lawyers and law firms in legal advice and dispute resolution and potential for further collaboration.

IN-HOUSE LAWYERS
Legal Professional Privilege in In-house Environment – local and international challenges
1930 – 2200 Gala Dinner
The Grand Stage • Western Market
 
Friday, 8 November 2019
0900 – 1030 CORPORATE SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT
Legal and Regulatory Regimes regarding Asset Management Practice

HKCEC

FAMILY LAW
Law on Child Protection in a cross-border context
LAW FIRM MANAGEMENT
Managing a Law Firm in an Era of Increased Competition
1030 – 1100 Morning Refreshments & Networking
HKCEC
1100 – 1230 INSOLVENCY
Reorganisation Alternatives for Cross-Border Insolvency in Asia

This session will examine existing Cross-Border Insolvency regimes in Asia, and contrast the approaches to reorganisation under Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korean and Australian law, particularly in light of the 2017 Singapore legislative amendments. It is hoped to draw upon Judicial speakers for this session.

HKCEC

CRIMINAL LAW
Anti-corruption and Anti-money Laundering in the Asia Pacific Region: Trends in Policy, Practice and Technology
FINAL MOOT COMPETITION
1230 – 1345 Lunch & Networking
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
1400 – 1530 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
Enforcement of IP rights, with a focus on counterfeiting activity in the Asian region

The session will focus on:
Enforcing IP Rights in PRC – What Options Are Available & What is Most Effective
Counterfeiting and Remedies – Is enforcement effective?
Litigation v Mediation – What is best for IP Disputes
Domain Name Arbitration – Is the System still delivering effective results?

HKCEC

HUMAN RIGHTS / CONSTITUTION
The Importance of the Interpretation and Implementation of the Constitution in the Maintenance of the Rule of Law
YOUNG LAWYERS
Masterminding the Future: Age of Millennials and Gen-Z Lawyers
1530 – 1600 Afternoon Refreshments & Networking
HKCEC
1600 – 1700 Closing Ceremony, including moot presentations and 2020 conference announcement
HKCEC
1700 End of Conference
HKCEC
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