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Keynote Address

Dr James Ding
Commissioner, Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office (IDAR Office)
Department of Justice

Dr James Ding is a Principal Government Counsel and the Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. He advises the government on various public and private international law issues, and participates in international negotiations. He has published on different subjects of international law and international cooperation and has given various presentations at international and regional law conferences, including more recently, the UNCITRAL 50th Anniversary Congress and the 2nd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit in 2017, various APEC workshops in 2018 and the UNCITRAL Public-Private Partnerships Conference in January 2019.

Dr Ding has also held positions in different international bodies. He was seconded to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) in the Netherlands from 2001-2002. He was a member of the Drafting Committee for the Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance in 2007 and an independent expert of the UNESCO-UNIDROIT Expert Committee on States’ Ownership on Cultural Heritage from 2010-2011. He was the Chair of the HCCH Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the Apostille Convention in 2016 and the Chair of the HCCH Working Group on the Authentication of Documents Generated by Supranational and Intergovernmental Organisations in 2017. He is currently the Convenor for the APEC Economic Committee Friends of the Chair on Strengthening Economic and Legal Infrastructure (SELI). He has also been appointed as the next Chair of the APEC Economic Committee from 2020-2021.

He obtained LL.B. (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong, LL.M. from Kyushu University, Japan (under the Japanese Government Monbusho scholarship) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. He became a barrister in Hong Kong in 1997 and joined the Department of Justice in 1999. He also taught on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and the Open University of Hong Kong between 1998 and 1999.

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