The Global Arbitration Market and the Battle of the Seats


This Thursday I will be delivering a talk at the Center for Chinese Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. The presentation is entitled ‘The Global Arbitration Market and The Battle of The Seats’.

Here is the abstract: The concept of ‘battle of the seats’ refers to the competition between different cities to be considered as ‘arbitration hubs’. In the arbitration parlance a hub is a place known for its reputation in hosting arbitration proceedings. International arbitration is very mobile, as by its own nature it can take place anywhere. Countries and cities all over the world compete to be chosen by the parties as suitable venues for international arbitration. The boom in the market of international arbitration has created a sort of undeclared competition where each competitor is struggling for a larger share of the market. As international arbitration becomes a global business, the market of international commercial arbitration expands and many cities and jurisdictions are positioning themselves to collect a share of that market. This talk will analyse the main features of the battle of the seats, identify its contenders, discuss the elements that parties consider when selecting an arbitral seat, and present a roadmap for jurisdictions interested in asserting themselves as suitable venues for international commercial arbitration.

Law and Language in Timor-Leste: Bridging the Divide


This Monday I will be presenting a paper at the ‘Researching State and Personhood: Law and Society in Southeast Asia Conference’, organized by the Centre for Asian Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore. My paper is entitled ‘Law and Language in Timor-Leste: Bridging the Divide’. You can download the complete program here.

Multilateral Investment Treaties? A View from China

My second post in the Kluwer Arbitration Blog has just been published. It is entitled ‘Multilateral Investment Treaties? A View from China’. You can read it here.

Towards an Ecological Civilization: Environmental Policymaking in China


This weekend I will be presenting a paper at the European China Law Studies Association’s (ECLS) 2014 annual conference Making, Enforcing and Accessing the Law, to be hosted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. My paper is entitled ‘Towards an Ecological Civilization: Environmental Policymaking in China’. You can read my abstract here and download the complete program here.

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10th edition – SUMMER INSTITUTE IN CHINA 2015


The 10th edition of the Summer Institute in China – Executive Education Training Program is now accepting applications. This program is organized by West Virginia University, Department of Public Administration (USA), gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (UK), University of Milan, Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law (Italy) and University of Turin, Department of Law (Italy) and will be held at Peking University  School of Government in Beijing (China). The program is organized in partnership with University of Calgary Law School (Canada) Lund University Faculty of Political Sciences (Sweden), University of Provence Aix Marseille I – CNRS Centre of Comparative Epistemology and Ergology (France) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain).

The Program includes TWO PARALLEL CURRICULA:

The first curriculum is called “Summer Institute on Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Protection” (SICCEP). It addresses issues such as energy policies, environment law and sustainable development, intellectual property and technology innovation.

The second curriculum is called “Summer Institute on Intellectual Property Rights and China” (IP-China).


You can download the the call for applications here.

Deadline for applications is 30 November 2014.


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