Protests Fuel Concern About Hong Kong's Arbitration Future

Law360 (December 9, 2019, 7:32 PM EST) -- Hong Kong has long been recognized as one of the world's top centers for international arbitration, but months of pro-democracy protests in the city-state with no end in sight have prompted some practitioners to ask whether that reputation might be in jeopardy.

For years, Hong Kong has carefully cultivated its image as one of the world's most arbitration-friendly jurisdictions. It's maintained a pro-arbitration judiciary and has built top-class hearing facilities, while also passing favorable legislation relating to areas of importance for practitioners.

The city-state erupted in protests in June after the government unveiled legislation that would have allowed extradition of people...

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