The School of International Arbitration (SIA) at Queen Mary University of London is to partner with the Chinese University of Hong Kong to carry out a survey on 'Chinese Corporate Attitudes to Arbitration'.
The survey is part of a bid to promote Hong Kong as an arbitration seat and is sponsored by the Hong Kong Arbitration Charity Ball.
The new research will be based on the 2013 survey of corporate attitudes to arbitration carried out by the School of International Arbitration with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Professor Loukas Mistelis, Director of the SIA at QMUL, is the co-investigator of the new survey. He said: "A China-focused survey presents a wonderful research opportunity for Queen Mary: China is a major market and a significant arbitration seat as well. The surveys on corporate attitudes towards dispute resolution that SIA has been developing since 2005 are considered to be “industry leaders”: using and adapting them for a Chinese audience is a great challenge that could generate significant research findings."
Funding for the new survey was announced by Herbert Smith Freehills' partner, May Tai, at the Hong Kong Arbitration Charity Ball on 15 October 2014.
The event’s keynote speech was given by Lord Goldsmith QC on the territory's neutrality as a seat of arbitration and adherence to the rule of law during the recent pro-democracy protests.