How the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Influenced the Growth and Regulation of Online Mediation in China and the United States?
August 11th, 2022, 12:30 — 13:30
Zoom to be conducted in English
The COVID-19 crisis has paved the way for substantial growth in online dispute resolution. Subsequently, people’s behaviour has changed dramatically. Since the pandemic has increased the use of online technology in medical and distance learning fields, online dispute resolution has attracted unprecedented interest and consideration in several countries. In recent years, online mediation has become one of the most prevalent online dispute resolution tools parties use to settle conflicts. With the increase in interest in online mediation across jurisdictions, it is of particular relevance to examine in depth the two distinct development pathways of online mediation post-COVID-19 in China and the United States, the two biggest economies in the world. In this talk, the speaker will examine the two distinct development pathways of online mediation in the post-COVID-19 period, followed by China and the United States. The talk is based on a paper that the presenter co-authored with Prof. Carrie Shang and Dr Wenli Guo.
Charles Ho Wang Mak is a PhD Candidate in international law and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Glasgow, a Fellow of the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law at the City University of Hong Kong, an Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at the University of Hong Kong, a Research Affiliate at SovereigNet at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a Research Associate at China, Law and Development Project at the University of Oxford. His research concentrates on sovereign debt restructuring and dispute resolution. He has studied law at the University of Sussex in England (LL.B. (Hons.)), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (LL.M. in International Economic Law), and the City University of Hong Kong (LL.M.Arb.D.R.(with Credit)). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb), the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (FAMINZ (Arb/Med)), the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (FAIADR), and the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (FRAS). Also, he is an Associate Fellow of the Advance HE (AFHEA).
Professor Yun Zhao, Henry Cheng Professor in International Law, Head of Department of Law, at the University of Hong Kong