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New book: ‘Commercial arbitration between China and the Portuguese-speaking world’


Commercial Arbitration

I am delighted to share with you the news that my latest book, entitled ‘Commercial arbitration between China and the Portuguese-speaking world’, is about to be released by Kluwer Law International.


Here is a short description:


Against a background of worldwide competition among jurisdictions to host arbitral proceedings in the wake of globalization, the very special advantages of Macau are rising inexorably. A European settlement since the sixteenth century, this Portuguese-speaking city on  China’s south coast has been positioning itself as an exemplary East–West trade centre since China’s famous ‘opening’ to the West in the 1970s. Now, diversifying its role as a service platform, Macau is poised to become a preeminent locus for commercial arbitration between China and the major developed and emerging trade nations of the West – of particular interest to its major Lusophone counterparts Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, and Portugal, but, because of its traditional and highly developed ‘Europeanness,’ to other major trading jurisdictions as well.


This book does not only provide thoroughgoing answers to the question, ‘Why should arbitration proceedings take place in Macau?’ – it goes far deeper, examining Macau’s current legal and economic systems and  ultimately offering a ‘roadmap’ to facilitate the emergence – and international acceptance – of Macau as a prime locus for international commercial arbitration involving China. Among the topics arising in the course of the analysis are the following:


–        elements that parties consider when selecting an arbitral seat;

–        China’s interest in the diverse markets and resources of Portugal, Brazil, and Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia;

–        the unrealized potential for economic co-operation between China and the Lusophone community of nations;

–        Macau as a cultural and economic platform;

–        Macau’s high degree of autonomy;

–        comparative law and Macau’s vantage point;

–        stakeholders – legislators, arbitral institutions, arbitrators, the hospitality industry;

–        Sino-Lusophone commercial arbitration as a specific market;

–        Macau’s legal framework;

–        role of the New York Convention; and

–        measures to ensure the international enforceability of awards.


Focusing on the challenges and hurdles Macau needs to overcome in order to succeed in this endeavour, the author provides detailed recommendations and guidelines concerning such important aspects of an arbitral seat as qualified administrative staff, qualified arbitrators, suitable arbitration rules, time and cost efficiency, publication of arbitral awards, a model arbitration clause, purpose-built facilities, and skilled professional translators and interpreters with legal knowledge. This roadmap may be useful not only for Macau but also for others jurisdictions interested in asserting themselves as suitable venues for international commercial arbitration. The book’s combination of global awareness and local administrative detail is sure to resonate with a wide spectrum of interested parties in legal and arbitral practice, government, and academia.


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