HKIAC appoints deputy secretary-general

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The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) has appointed Ling Yang to the position of deputy secretary-general and chief representative of its Shanghai office.

Ling YangDeputy secretary-general and chief representative of Shanghai officeHong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Ling Yang
Deputy secretary-general and chief representative of Shanghai office
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

Prior to joining HKIAC, Ling was an associate professor at the East China University of Political Science and Law, where she taught international arbitration for more than eight years.

During 2017, Ling was a visiting scholar at Boston University School of Law. She has published widely on issues of international dispute resolution and arbitration in China, and currently serves as executive editor-in-chief for Shanghai International Arbitration Review.

Ling will also manage HKIAC’s Shanghai office, which has been in operation since November 2015 and is the first office of an international arbitral institution to be established in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Ling will spearhead several new initiatives for 2018 including an inaugural HKIAC Lecture in Mainland China, a series of training workshops, outreach programmes to academic institutions, and establishing the first women’s arbitration club in Mainland China.

HKIAC secretary-general, Sarah Grimmer, said she was excited to have Ling join the team. “As a recognized scholar in international arbitration and arbitration in China, she will be integral to our training and outreach programmes in Mainland China and elsewhere, particularly those jurisdictions receiving significant outbound Chinese investment,” she said.

In 2017, a record number of new arbitration matters were filed with HKIAC, of which just over one-third involved a party from Mainland China.