*** Please note that this event has been postponed. ***
This evening, the Honourable Ms. Teresa Cheng GBS SC JP Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong SAR was invited as the first woman and past President to deliver the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ prestigious Alexander Lecture at CIArb’s building in London.
Secretary Teresa Cheng, whilst entering the building was assaulted by a crowd. As a result she sustained an injury to her arm.
CIArb is committed to peacefully resolving conflict and deplores the use of violence, particularly to a guest to the United Kingdom.
The Alexander Lecture was founded in recognition of the contribution of Mr John Russell Willis Alexander (1897 - 1985) to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He served for 40 years as a member of Council and was elected President of the Institute of Arbitrators, as it was named at the time, for the period 1952 - 1955. This meeting is considered one of the most respected events in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) calendar.
17:30 - Registration, tea and coffee 18:00 - Welcome address and introduction by Thomas D. Halket C.Arb FCIArb, CIArb President 18:05 - Alexander Lecture by The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS SC JP 18:50 - Q&A session 19:00 - Closing remarks by Anthony Abrahams MCIArb, CIArb Director General, followed by drinks reception
Anthony Abrahams joined the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as its Director General, on 10 April 2012. He is responsible for developing and implementing the Board of Trustees’ strategy to promote the Institute’s vision across the globe.
Qualified as a solicitor and specialising in civil litigation, Anthony has considerable hands-on experience in Legal Practice Management, which he has reinforced academically by gaining an MBA with distinction from Nottingham Law School. Anthony also sits as a Deputy District Judge.
Anthony’s legal background has been complemented and enhanced with leadership and organisational skills acquired in the Territorial Army where he attained the rank of Colonel. Anthony was mobilised in 2006 to undertake an operational tour in Iraq. While there, he worked to improve, and developed a passion for, the rule of law and also dealt with human rights issues. For his work in Iraq, Anthony was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States. Anthony is involved with a number of military charities caring for the needs of service personnel and their families, as well as local and national charities.
Married with three children and three grandchildren, Anthony enjoys, or suffers, supporting Northampton Saints with his family and has recently taken up sailing.
Ms. Teresa Cheng, SC, was appointed Secretary for Justice on 6 January 2018. She was a Senior Counsel in private practice before joining the Government. She is also a chartered engineer and chartered arbitrator. She was frequently engaged as arbitrator or counsel in complex international commercial or investment disputes.
Ms. Cheng was one of the founders and Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law. She is a Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration, Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She served as Deputy Judge/Recorder in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2017. She 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.
Ms. Cheng is a Fellow of King's College in London, and was the Course Director of the International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Course at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing.
A Chartered Arbitrator, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, GAR listed arbitrator and a member of arbitral panels around the world, Thomas Halket has been an arbitrator for over 30 years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School where he teaches courses on International Arbitration and IP transactions. Earlier in his career, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen and prior to that a partner and co-chair of the Technology and the Emerging Company Group of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.
Tom is a member of the London Court of International Arbitration, a member of the "Tech List" of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators in London and a member of the International Arbitration Club of New York. He is also a member of the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s Arbitral Appointments Committee. He is a frequent speaker and writer on ADR matters. He co-authored and edited a book on the arbitration of international IP disputes and is a co-author of a just published book on the arbitration of IP disputes in the U.S. He holds a Law degree from the Columbia Law School and Bachelors and Masters degrees in physics from MIT.