Overview (Program Summary)
The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods ("CISG") provides a set of uniform rules governing contracts for international sale of goods, with a view to removing legal barriers in, and promoting the development of, international trade. CISG was first entered into force on 1 January 1988. As at 1 February 2020, 93 countries are signatories to the CIGS. Out of these 93 countries, 20 of which are top trading partners of the HKSAR.
While China is a contracting party to the CISG, Hong Kong is not.
In recent years, as more countries become signatories, and given that the CISG has been actively used in mooting competitions and many "soon to be legal practitioners" globally are well familiar with CISG, Hong Kong sees the need to have CISG in place to provide an "alternative" framework to our traditional sale of goods framework.
Now that the CISG is scheduled to take effect on around the third quarter of 2022, it is important for the business communities, in particular, in-house counsels to familiar themselves with this "alternative" model by way of CISG.
Sum Ronald Kwan Ngai
Partner & Head of Dispute Resolution - Addleshaw Goddard LLP, Hong Kong
Ronald Sum concentrates his practice in all areas of dispute resolution, specializing in China related matters, cross border disputes, complex commercial disputes, regulatory bodies investigations, sports related disputes, transportation (maritime, aviation, road and rail), international trade, insurance and reinsurance including export credit insurance, product liability and product recall, including arbitration, litigation, mediation and investigations.
Ronald is qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales and Australia. He is a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is the immediate past chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce: Arbitration and ADR Sub-Committee. He is also the council and appointments committee member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He is on the panel of arbitrators of various institutions and has acted both as counsel and arbitrator in administered arbitration proceedings including the ICC, HKIAC, LMAA, CIETAC, SCIA, SIAC, THAC, GAFTA/FOSFA etc. Ronald has conducted arbitration in Hong Kong, China, London, United States, Australia and Singapore. Ronald is also an accredited mediator of HKMAAL, CIETAC and the Law Society of Hong Kong. Ronald has recently been appointed as a council member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC). Ronald is also an Investor State Mediator under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). Ronald is a council member of the Hong Kong Mediation Council. He also sits on the Hong Kong Government Advisory Committee on the Promotion of Arbitration and the Hong Kong Steering Committee on Mediation. Ronald is also a director of the eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre.
Date: Thursday, 9 June 2022
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Location: Webinar links will be sent upon registration
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