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Hong Kong / Beijing

Course Information

Course Work

The Asian Dispute Resolution Study Tour is built around a case study in which participant working groups are engaged during the entire trip. The groups act as consultants to an American corporate client. Each day the problem unfolds, and each day guest speakers and site visits to various organizations offer possible answers. It is intended to create the very real pressure to make strategic decisions while dealing with the evolving nature of a major legal and dispute resolution problem. Based on a real merger and acquisition circumstance, participants will meet and talk with those who handle such cases on a daily basis.

A reflection and term paper will be required following the tour; more information TBA.

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Course Facilities

The Asian Dispute Resolution Study Tour is designed to be a stimulating professional experience, as well as an enjoyable trip for the participants. The primary conference facility for the program will be the new executive education center in the heart of the central Hong Kong business district. Designated the SCOPE Admiralty Learning Centre, it is operated by City University in Hong Kong. The SCOPE facility is in an office complex that includes the Admiralty MTR (subway) stop and adjoins one of the largest, and newest, shopping, eating, and office malls in Hong Kong.

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Site Visits and Guest Speakers

Site visits and/or speakers planned for the Asian Dispute Resolution Study Tour include the following (Please note that because these organizations and professionals are in demand and engaged in on-going work, the Study Tour is subject to their availability.):

Hong Kong
  • Amnesty International/Oxfam
  • Asian Foundation
  • Hong Kong Barristers' Chambers
  • Hong Kong High Court
  • Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
  • Hong Kong Mediation Centre
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Hong Kong University/City University
  • Hong Kong Department of Justice
  • Major International Law Firm - Hong Kong Office
  • Chinese Law Firm
  • Chinese Courts
  • Chinese University Law School
  • Communicty Mediation Center
  • People's Mediation Committee
  • State-Owned Manufacturing Enterprise

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Group Social Activities

In addition to the Study Tour's substantive activities, a variety of social events will be included in the trip:

Hong Kong
  • Opening Dinner
  • Hydrofoil Ferry Transportation to the island of Macau (Optional)
  • Dinner at Fernando's in Macau
  • Narrated hike around The Peak
  • Evening at Happy Valley Horse Racing Park
  • Closing Luncheon
  • Opening Dinner
  • Tour of Forbidden City
  • Tour of Great Wall

Time is also allotted for individual excursions in Hong Kong. They might include any of a variety of attractions, such as Statute Square in Central, Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, Stanley, Temple Street Night Market, in addition to museums, shopping, and hiking in the hills surrounding Hong Kong.

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