Ms Teresa Cheng, GBS, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ms Teresa Cheng, SC, is the Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Prior to her appointment as the Secretary for Justice, Ms Cheng was a Senior Counsel in private practice, a chartered engineer, a chartered arbitrator and an accredited mediator. Apart from being a Past Chairperson of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Ms Cheng is also a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration and Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Ms Cheng served as Deputy Judge / Recorder in the High Court of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2017. Besides, Ms Cheng is a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panel of Arbitrators and was a member of the World Bank's Sanctions Board.
Mr. Jia Guide, Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
||Public International Law, Peking University
||International Economic Law, Peking University
||Environmental Law, George Washington University
||Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
||Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Peru
||Deputy Director-General, Department of Treaty and Law, MFA
||Counselor, Department of Treaty and Law, MFA
||Counselor, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Vienna
||Department of Treaty and Law, MFA, and Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica
Dr Christophe Bernasconi, Secretary General, HCCH
Christophe Bernasconi is the fourth Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). He took office on 1 July 2013. In 2018, he was reappointed for a further term of five years. Dr Bernasconi had joined the Permanent Bureau in September 1997 as Secretary, became First Secretary in May 2000, and Deputy Secretary General in July 2011.
As Secretary General, Dr Bernasconi is responsible for the administration of the HCCH and the operation of its Permanent Bureau (Secretariat). He has long-standing expertise in the fields of international civil procedural law, international commercial and finance law, international family and child protection law, as well as international legal cooperation. He designed and is the principal administrator of the electronic Apostille Program (e-APP). As Secretary General, his current focus is on implementing various strategic directions of the HCCH, including progress towards universality and further developing inclusiveness.
Dr Bernasconi holds a law degree from Fribourg University in Switzerland (magna cum laude; bilingual German/French), an LL.M. degree in comparative law from McGill University in Montreal (Canada), and a doctoral degree in Private International Law from Fribourg University (summa cum laude).
Mr João Ribeiro-Bidaoui
João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, a Portuguese national, took office on 1 July 2018 as First Secretary and Diplomat Lawyer at the Permanent Bureau. He had charge over the final phases of the Judgments Project, which resulted in the adoption at the 22nd HCCH Diplomatic Session of the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters. His portfolio includes the Apostille Convention, the Choice of Court Convention, and the HCCH instruments on commercial and financial law.
Previously, Dr. Ribeiro-Bidaoui was Head of the UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (2013-2018) and served as Head of International Affairs of the Ministry of Justice of Portugal (2009-2011). On behalf of his country, he led bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations and national delegations to GRECO, to several Committees of the Council of the European Union, as well as to the OECD' s working group on Bribery in International Business Transactions (becoming a member of its Management Group in 2011).
He has also served as Deputy Secretary General of the Conferences of Ministers of Justice, both of the Iberian-American countries (COMJIB) and of the Portuguese Speaking countries (CMJPLOP), been a member of the Portuguese National Commission for Human Rights, and of the Portuguese Permanent Bilateral Cooperation Commissions with the United States and Macau. He was legal and policy adviser of the Deputy Prime Minister (2001-2002), and of the Minister of Justice (2009), of Portugal.
His first long-term work experience in Asia was as legal counsel of the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture of the Government of Macau, China. While in Macau (2002-2008), he also lectured International Business Law at the University of Macau.
Dr. Ribeiro-Bidaoui holds a bachelor’s degree and a masters in law from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), a masters in juridical sciences from the University of Macau (China), and a doctoral degree from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) (summa cum laude).
Mr Andreas Stein
Andreas Stein is Head of Unit responsible for civil justice at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice. He is a German lawyer holding a doctoral degree (University of Hamburg) and a postgraduate degree in International Relations (Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna). After several years of practising as judge at a district court and then at a labour tribunal he joined the Commission in 2001 and has worked in the areas of private international law, contract law, equality and anti-discrimination law and competition law before taking his current position.
Dr Marcos Dotta Salgueiro
Lawyer. Degree in International Relations. Deputy Director of International Law Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay. Professor of International Private Law at the University of the Republic (Uruguay). Vice Chair of the 22nd Diplomatic Session of the HCCH.
Mr Sun Xiaofei
Sun Xiaofei is the Deputy Director of the Treaty and Law Department of the Foreign Ministry of China (MFA) .
Mr. Sun was educated at Jilin University and graduated with a master degree in private international law in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he served as a staff member for the Treaty and Law Department of MFA and was in charge of treaty affairs. From 2010 to 2014, he successively worked in Commissioner's Office of MFA in the Hong Kong SAR and Chinese Embassy in the Kingdom of Tonga, and came back to the Treaty and Law Department of MFA in November 2014.
Mr. Sun was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Treaty and Law Department in 2015. He is now responsible for international judicial cooperation between China and other countries. With long-standing expertise in the field of private international law, he is also in charge of cooperation with HCCH and participated in the negotiation on Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters as a member of the Chinese delegation.
Mr Marcelo De Nardi
Brazilian Federal Judge, currently presiding the Environmental, Land and Indigenous Peoples Issues Federal Court of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost State of Brazil, since 1993.
PhD in Law from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS, Brazil, 2010.
Post-graduate studies on International Law at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul -UFRGS, Brazil, 2001; and on Policy and Strategy at the Escola Superior de Guerra, Brazil, 2012.
Professor at International Trade Law and Private International Law at the Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos - UNISINOS, LLM and graduate programs, Brazil, since 2016.
Invited lecturer to various Universities and other institutions.
Expert advisor for the Brazilian Delegation to the Judgments Project of The Hague Conference on Private International Law, between 2013 and 2019.
Expert advisor for the Brazilian Delegation to the preparatory meeting for the Seventh
Conference on Private International Law of the Organization of the American States, Brazil,
Mr Paul Lam SC
Mr Lam received his LL.B from the University of Hong Kong; and his LL.M in International Law from the University of Nottingham.
He was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1992 and has been practicing at Parkside Chambers ever since. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Counsel. He has a general civil and commercial practice.
Mr Lam has held and is holding a number of public offices in Hong Kong; among other thing, he is now the Chairman of the Consumer Council and the Administrative Appeals Board. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association from 2014 to 2016 and the Chairman in 2017. He sat as a Deputy Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong for short periods each year since 2015.
Recently, he has been included in the Panel of Arbitrators of the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, and appointed by the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing as their professor.
Mr Keisuke Takeshita
Keisuke Takeshita is a professor of private international law at Graduate School of Law, Hitotsubashi University in Japan. He was the first delegate of Japan at the 22nd Diplomatic Session of HCCH.
After graduating from The University of Tokyo in 1999, he directly became an assistant researcher at Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo. From 2002 to 2006, he was working at the Ministry of Justice of Japan as a senior researcher to support the legislative procedure of Ho no Tekiyou ni kansuru Tsusoku Ho [Act on General Rules for Application of Laws], in which Japanese choice of law rules are provided. In 2005, he started to teach private international law as an associate professor at Graduate School of Social Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University. From 2009 to 2015, he was an associate professor at Tohoku University. In 2015, he was transferred to Hitotsubashi University and became a full professor in 2019.
His main study field is conflict of laws. He also studies international dispute resolution and international trade law. He is a council member of the Japan Association of International Economic Law. He is also a council member of the Japan Association of the Law of Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Ms Cara North
Cara is an Australian lawyer specialising in international litigation, arbitration and private international law. She is currently working as a consultant at Levy Kaufmann-Kohler (LKK) in Geneva.
Prior to joining LKK, Cara was working as a Senior Associate in the London office of Lipman Karas LLP, a specialist disputes practice with a focus on cross-border commercial litigation, arbitration and asset recovery. Cara’s focus was on major projects involving insolvency, fraud, banking and finance law and private international law. From 2015 to July 2019, Cara worked as a consultant to the Hague Conference on Private International Law's Judgments Project.
Before joining Lipman Karas, Cara was a Legal Officer at the Hague Conference working primarily on the Judgments Project and the HCCH Convention of 30 June 2005 on Choice of Court Agreements, an Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria and an Associate at Baker McKenzie in Melbourne, Australia.
Mr Wong Hing-hong, Peter, Principal Government Counsel Department of Justice, HKSAR
Mr Wong obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Hong Kong (1988), the Master of Law from the University of Cambridge (1990), and the Bachelor of Social Sciences from the Open University of Hong Kong (2004). He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong (1992) and England and Wales (1993).
Mr Wong joined the Legal Policy Division of the Department of Justice in 1994 (then Legal Department), advising on the international law of human rights, Basic Law and legal policy matters. After serving as Deputy Principal Government Counsel for nearly three years in the International Law Division as from March 2007, Mr Wong was promoted in January 2010 to the rank of Principal Government Counsel and took up the post of Deputy Solicitor General (Constitutional Affairs) in the Legal Policy Division. In August 2010, he took up the post of Deputy Solicitor General (Policy Affairs) and played an active role in the promotion of the HKSAR as a leading centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia Pacific region. He also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training between August 2011 and March 2018.
Mr Wong was then appointed as the Secretary to the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong (HKLRC) to oversee the publication by the HKLRC of several consultation papers in both civil and criminal law matters. As from January 2019, he returned to the International Law Division as Deputy Law Officer (Treaties and Law) to take charge of the Treaties and Law Unit. One of his duties was to participate as a member of the Chinese delegation to the Twenty-Second Diplomatic Session – Adoption of the 2019 HCCH Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters.
Mr Wong is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.
Peter Arnt Nielsen
PhD (Copenhagen Business School), LLM (University of Cambridge), Cand Jur (University of Copenhagen). Professor at the Copenhagen Business School in International Commercial Law since 2007. Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Belgium, in European Private International Law since 2000. Specialized in Private International Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and International Contract Law. Director of Studies, The Hague Academy of International Law 2003. Member of Groupe européen de droit international privé (GEDIP), The International Academy of Comparative Law, the EU Working Parties on the Rome I Regulation, the Brussels I Regulation, the Recast of Brussels I, and the Danish Delegations to the Hague Conference for Private International Law concerning the Global Judgments Convention, the Choice of Court Convention and the Judgments Project. Arbitrator and mediator.
Mr Junhyok Jang
Prof. Jang studied law in Seoul National University (LL.B., M.A. and Ph.D.) and obtained LL.M.’s from the University of Chicago (1998) and New York University (2000). His doctoral thesis After a brief practice at Aram Int'l and Kim, Chang & Lee, he has researched and taught civil law and private international law since 2003, in Kyung Hee University and Sungkyunkwan University. His main area of interest is private international law in contracts, torts, matrimonial causes and succession. Most recently, he contributed the chapters on applicable law to wills and succession in the Commentary on Succession Law. He cooperates closely with the Korean Ministry of Justice, co-authoring two research papers in the law of jurisdiction. He also serves as an external advisor to the Korean Supreme Court on an informal and ad hoc basis, through seminars of its the Research Group on Comparative Private Law. In 2014-18, he participated in drafting a reform bill to reform Korean law of jurisdiction in the Private International Law Reform Committee and its subcommittees. He has been involved in the HccH Judgments Project since 2016.
Dr James Ding
Dr. James Ding is the Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice. 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, various APEC workshops on online dispute resolution in 2018 as well as the Conference on ISDS Reform and the Global Mediation Forum in 2019.
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.
Mr Thomas So
Thomas So is a partner of Mayer Brown. He advises on shareholders- and equity-related disputes, and arbitration in the PRC.
Thomas is on a number of panel of arbitrators in Asia. He is a solicitor advocate having rights to appear in the higher courts in HK. He obtained his LL.B degree from University of Hull (1985), LL.M degree in International Commercial Law from University of Hong Kong (1993), LL.B degree at China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing (1997), and Doctor of Laws from Tsinghua University, Beijing (2005).
Thomas is a China-Appointed Attesting Officer (appointed by the Ministry of Justice of PRC). He was the President of the Law Society of Hong Kong (6/2016 – 6/2018) and is the current Chairman of Belt and Road Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Dr Ning Zhao
Dr Ning Zhao joined the Permanent Bureau as Senior Legal Officer in December 2014 and has as her primary responsibility the Judgments Project, the 2005 HCCH Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the 2015 HCCH Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. She has been intensively involved in the preparations for the negotiation of the Judgments Convention, leading up to the adoption of the 2019 HCCH Judgments Convention on 2 July 2019. Prior to joining the Permanent Bureau, Dr Zhao worked in private practice and taught private international law in Dutch universities.
Dr Zhao holds LL.M. degrees in International Economic and Business Law (cum laude) from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and in European Law from Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), as well as a doctoral degree in Private International Law from the University of Groningen. She has been a visiting scholar at different academic institutes and published articles in the field of private international law.
Mr Frank Y.K. Poon
Mr Frank Poon is the Representative of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Hague Conference on Private International Law since 1 August 2017. In his current position, Mr Poon’s principal task is to enhance the profile of the Hague Conference and promote the use of Hague Conventions in the Asia Pacific Region.
Mr Poon became the Representative of the Hague Conference Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific after retiring from the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2015. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with an honours degree in public administration from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 1978. In 1991, he joined the Department of Justice (then Legal Department) of Hong Kong as a Crown Counsel after qualifying as a solicitor in England and Hong Kong in the same year. He obtained an LL.M degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1995.
While in the Department of Justice, Mr Poon served in various posts. He was appointed as Solicitor General of Hong Kong in August 2010 until his retirement in 2015. His major areas of interest include constitutional law, private and public international law, air law and international trade law. Apart from serving as Representative, he is also currently a member of the Torture Claims Appeal Board of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.