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In view of the latest pandemic developments, this event will be conducted entirely online via Zoom.

This event will be conducted in English.

The Sale of Goods (United Nations Convention) Ordinance ("New Ordinance"), which implements the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) in Hong Kong, was enacted on 29 September 2021. Subject to completion of the relevant process under Article 153 of the Basic Law as well as requisite formal notification by the Central People's Government to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (as depositary for the CISG) for applying the CISG to the HKSAR, the Convention is expected to apply to the HKSAR with effect in around the third quarter of 2022, tying in with the commencement date of the Ordinance.

CISG provides uniform rules to govern contracts for international sales of goods, with a view to removing legal barriers in, and promoting the development of, international trade. More than half of Hong Kong's top 20 trading partners by total volume of trade (including Mainland China, the USA and Japan) and nearly half of the total number of countries in the world are parties to CISG.

To help businesses prepare for the implementation of CISG, the Chamber has joined hands with the Department of Justice to organise two seminars (in Cantonese and English), which will be held on 19 January (Cantonese) and 26 January (English) 2022 respectively, during which a panel of distinguished speakers will cover the following areas which are important to the business sector:

-   Overview of the salient features of CISG, as well as its differences from the existing legal regime in Hong Kong
-   Potential effects of such changes on cross-border trade practices
-   Practical tips concerning dealings in the international sale of goods under CISG

Tentative Rundown of English Session (Click the link for the full rundown)

How to register for the event:

- Please register via Zoom (This is option is available to both HKGCC Members and Non-Members): Please click here.
- Upon successful registration of the event, a unique webinar access link will be sent by Zoom to your registered email

DISCLAIMER
Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.

Speaker(s)

Ms Teresa Cheng, GBM, GBS, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administative Region

Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, was appointed Secretary for Justice on January 6, 2018. She was a Senior Counsel in private practice before joining the Government. She is also a chartered engineer and chartered arbitrator. She was frequently engaged as arbitrator or counsel in complex international commercial or investment disputes. Ms. Cheng was one of the founders and Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law. She is a Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration, Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She served as Deputy Judge / Recorder in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2017. She is a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panel of Arbitrators, and was a member of the World Bank's Sanctions Board. Ms. Cheng is a Fellow of King's College in London, and was the Course Director of the International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Course at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Mr Peter Wong, Deputy Law Officer (Treaties & Law), Department of Justice of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administative Region

Mr Peter Wong obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Hong Kong (1988), the Master of Law from the University of Cambridge (1990), and the Bachelor of Social Sciences from the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (then Open University of Hong Kong) (2004).  He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong (1992) and in England and Wales (1993).

Mr Wong joined the Department of Justice (then Legal Department) in 1994, after a short stint in the private sector.  He was appointed as Senior Assistant Solicitor General (Basic Law) in 2000.  Since 2007, Mr Wong has served in various positions in the Department, including Deputy Principal Government Counsel (Treaties and Law), Deputy Solicitor General (Constitutional Affairs) Deputy Solicitor General (Policy Affairs), and Secretary to the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong.  He has assumed the position of Deputy Law Officer (Treaties and Law) to take charge of the Treaties and Law Unit in the Department's International Law Division since 2019.  

Mr Wong is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Professor Dr Ulrich G. Schroeter, Professor of Law, University of Basel, Switzerland

Ulrich Schroeter is Professor of Law at the University of Basel (Switzerland). He has published extensively in the fields of contract law, international trade law, arbitration, treaty law, commercial law and financial markets regulation. Ulrich´s research has been cited by courts worldwide including in Australia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America as well as by Advocates General at the European Court of Justice.

One area of focus for Ulrich’s research is the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna, 1980) (CISG). He is the co-editor of Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (Oxford University Press, 5th ed. forthcoming 2022) and has written the leading German textbook on the CISG (Schroeter, Internationales UN-Kaufrecht, Mohr Siebeck, 7th ed. forthcoming 2022). Ulrich serves as the national correspondent for Switzerland to the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) for the CISG and is a member of the CISG Advisory Council. He regularly advises on CISG matters.

Ulrich was educated at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He received his Doctor iuris from the Freie Universität Berlin.

Mr Ronald Sum, Partner in Hong Kong Office & Head of Dispute Resolution in Asia, Addleshaw Goddard (Hong Kong ) LLP

Ronald Sum is a Partner in the Hong Kong office and Head of Dispute Resolution in Asia of Addleshaw Goddard (Hong Kong) LLP. He concentrates his practice in all areas of dispute resolution, specializing in China related matters, cross border disputes, complex commercial disputes, regulatory bodies investigations, sports related disputes, transportation, international trade, insurance and reinsurance including export credit insurance, product liability and product recall, including arbitration, litigation, mediation and investigations.

Ronald is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and Australia. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also the council and appointments committee member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He is on the panel of arbitrators of various institutions and has acted both as counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings Ronald is also an accredited mediator of HKMAAL, CIETAC and the Law Society of Hong Kong. Ronald has recently been appointed as a council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC). Ronald is also an Investor State Mediator under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Ronald is a council member of the Hong Kong Mediation Council. He also sits on the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration and the Hong Kong Steering Committee on Mediation. Ronald is also a director of the eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre.

Language English
Date and Time 2022/01/26 16:00 to 17:30
Venue Online via Zoom (for HKGCC Members and Non-members)
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Karen Au
Tel: 28231200
Email: karen@chamber.org.hk
Fee Free of Charge
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