In Hong Kong for the 4th ICC Asia Conference on International Arbitration

Had the privilege to share a panel focussed on, “Conflict of Interest: Beyond IBA Guidelines?”, with Andrew Aglionby, Smitha Menon, Matthew Skinner, and Jingzhou Tao. Presented on, ‘Ethics in Arbitration: Is it all about independence and impartiality?, where I suggested that we not only go beyond the IBA Guidelines but also beyond the conflict of interest issue as such and look at the problem from a different angle – namely ethical regulation in arbitration. Key areas discussed/thoughts put forward included; -Plethora of ethical issues and regulations: yet, none of them are comprehensive and all-inclusive -A balance between regulation and self-policing needs to be found -Institutions should take a more proactive approach towards enforcing ethics -The arbitral tribunal itself can be the guardian of ethical principles and integrity of the proceedings Well done to the International Chamber of Commerce – Hong Kong for putting together a successful 4th edition of the conference. #Arbitration