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This Wednesday I will be taking part in the ‘Macao International Legal Symposium on Promoting Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Lusophone Countries’, to be hosted by the World Trade Center Macau. The title of my presentation will be ‘The Arbitration Market: Challenges and Propospects for Macau’.
On 11 and 12 December the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the University of Macau will be holding the ‘UNCITRAL-UM Joint Conference 2017 – Modernization of National Commercial Laws and the Role of Legal Harmonization in International Commerce‘. The conference will take place at the World Trade Center Macau. On the second day I will be delivering a presentation titled ‘UNCITRAL and the Future of Investment Arbitration’. You can read the full programme here.
The book ‘Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: The Interpretation and Application of the New York Convention by National Courts’, edited by Professor George A. Bermann, has just been published by Springer. I have contributed with a chapter on Macau (pp. 631-649). Here is the abstract:
This chapter reviews the interpretation and application of the New York Convention in Macau. Macanese courts have yet to apply the Convention even once. The case law is non-existent and the doctrine is silent. As such, judges and other practitioners have no experience in the Convention’s practical application. However, given the rise of arbitration generally in Asia over the past decade, it is expected that arbitration will become more popular in Macau. Further, as economic development in Macau continues to boom, disputes involving Macau and Macanese parties are expected to rise. As the caseload increases in the future, the law in Macau on the Convention will develop. Due to the lack of experience with the Convention in Macau, there are no suggestions to offer for its improvement.
A bit misleading title: Catherine Titi and I agree that the EU’s current level of transparency in trade and investment negotiations is quite satisfactory – in Macau Daily Times, 19 May 2017.