Why Hong Kong will continue to be a leading arbitral center

The National Security Law (NSL) came into force in Hong Kong on 1 July 2020.

Some observers have expressed concern that the law will threaten Hong Kong's status as an international dispute resolution center. Of particular concern is the potential impact on commercial arbitrations with Chinese parties – some worry that arbitration decisions in Hong Kong will favor Chinese interests.

There are also concerns as to whether Hong Kong's long-established common law traditions will be eroded by the implementation of the law and whether Hong Kong judges will apply Chinese civil law in adjudicating cases.

However, recent developments in Hong Kong clearly demonstrate that Hong Kong remains a neutral and effective seat of arbitration.

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