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Regulation of Commercial Arbitrators:The Role of Markets & Social Structures in Regulating Behaviour
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Event Nature: Law and Politics

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Regulation of Commercial Arbitrators: The Role of Markets and Social Structures in Regulating Behaviour

Speaker: João Ilhão Moreira, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
Date: Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus

About the Lecture:

International commercial arbitration has been able to establish itself as the main dispute resolution mechanism for international commercial disputes. This increased visibility has drawn attention to arbitrators’ public role, leading to a well-established general perception that arbitrators are bound to important professional and ethical obligations, such as the duty to be independent or the obligation to assure that arbitral proceedings are not abused to achieve nefarious goals. Despite this general acknowledgement, little attention has been paid to the mechanisms that ensure that arbitrators fulfil this role. A key characteristic of international commercial arbitration derives from its price formation mechanisms that lead to an environment where arbitrators largely do not compete on prices. Instead they rely on building networks and increasing their reputation as ways of competing in the market. This has important consequences to the regulation of the profession. Namely, it creates incentives for arbitrators to participate in the process of developing and enforcing professional and ethical norms.

About the Speaker:

João Ilhão Moreira is a DPhil candidate in Law at Linacre College (University of Oxford) and a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford. Previously, João was a lecturer at the University of Coimbra (2011-2015), worked as a lawyer in the arbitration team of Portuguese law firm PLMJ (2010-2015) and was a visiting scholar to the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht (2017). João holds a BA in Law and a Master in Law from the University of Coimbra, as well a MSt in Legal Research from St Cross College (University of Oxford). He has published several articles on international arbitration, competition law and public law.

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Date/Time26/09/2017 13:00-14:00
VenueAcademic Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 08/09/2017 11:00(HKT) to 26/09/2017 13:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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