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East Meets West: Consensus and Resolution Across the Pacific

Hong Kong/Beijing International Study Tour
June 2 - 13, 2014 

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The Hong Kong/Beijing Study Tour provides a unique, intensive experience for lawyers and business people who are interested in representing clients doing business in China and Hong Kong or in understanding the rapidly changing landscape of dispute resolution in Asia. Tour participants

  • meet and have discussions with officers of the leading dispute resolution institutions in Hong Kong and Beijing;
  • speak with and learn from prominent attorneys, judges, arbitrators and mediators;
  • visit courts and government agencies;
  • see a trial in progress in a People's Court;
  • tour one of the best-known People's Mediation Centers in China.

International lawyers and businesses routinely spend considerable time and money obtaining such opportunities, all of which will be part of your experience in this one-of-a-kind course. We'll also visit some of the great sites of China, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, old and new Hong Kong, and other sites, and sample a variety of wonderful cuisines.


Jack J. Coe is a specialist in private international law. He holds an undergraduate degree with distinction from UCLA, a JD from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles where he was on the Law Review, an LLM from the University of Exeter where he was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow, the Diploma of The Hague Academy of International Law, and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He has been a staff lawyer at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, has argued and been a party appointed expert before investor-state arbitration tribunals, and is well-known for his writings on international commercial and investor-state arbitration. He is an Associate Reporter on the ALI project addressing on International Commercial Arbitration. In addition to numerous articles, he has coauthored the books Protecting Against the Expropriation Risk in Investing Abroad (coauthored with R.C. Allison) (1993), International Commercial Arbitration – American Principles and Practice in a Global Context (1997), and NAFTA Chapter 11 Reports (ed. with Brower and Dodge) (2006)..

Roger Alford recently joined the faculty at The Law School at the University of Notre Dame in 2012 after serving as professor of law at Pepperdine Law School since 2000. Prof. Alford teaches and writes in a wide range of subject-matter areas, including international trade, international arbitration, and comparative law. Prof Alford previously as a law clerk to Judge James Buckley of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Richard Allison of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. He practiced law with Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., and was also a senior legal advisor to the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Activities in Switzerland.