Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, USA
Hong Kong
News Release

Hong Kong Secretary for Justice
Visits Washington, D.C.


For more information, please contact

Daniel McAtee in Washington, D.C.: (202) 238 6360

Melissa Ng in New York City: (212) 752 3320

Wing Yan Tong in San Francisco: (415) 835 9315

July 14, 2018 - The Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, SC, began a visit to Washington, D.C. on July 11 to promote Hong Kong’s legal and dispute resolution services and share details of Hong Kong’s latest developments with key players from various sectors, including Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States.

Ms. Cheng first joined a roundtable meeting, hosted by Richard Bush, director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution, to brief think tank representatives on the implementation of “one country, two systems” and the rule of law in Hong Kong. She said that under the principle of “one country, two systems” Hong Kong is unique in maintaining its own legal system, and that this arrangement is firmly guaranteed under the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s constitutional document.

In the afternoon, Ms. Cheng delivered a speech at the American University Center on International Commercial Arbitration on Hong Kong’s role in international arbitration and shared Hong Kong’s experience on dispute resolution services.

Ms. Cheng also met with members of the Cato Institute, including Jim Dorn, vice president for monetary studies, Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs, to brief them on the latest developments in Hong Kong.

In addition, Ms. Cheng met with Meg Kinnear, the secretary general of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and James Spinner, the chair of the Sanctions Board of the World Bank. Ms. Cheng said that Hong Kong was glad to be working with the ICSID to provide training courses focusing on investment law and investment mediation skills.

On the second day of her visit, Ms. Cheng met John Sullivan, deputy secretary of state, to exchange views on matters of mutual interest.

In the afternoon, she spoke at Georgetown University Law Center on the dynamics of international legal norms. She said that with Asia becoming one of the most important and dynamic regions in international affairs, it has also risen to become an active and influential player in international relations, especially in the fields of international trade and investment and environment protection. She added that international dispute resolution is an area of relevance where Asia can play a role in the development of international law on a global basis.

Ms. Cheng met with Kim Holmes, executive vice president of the Heritage Foundation, and other scholars, as well as Aart Kraay, an economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank, to brief them on the latest developments in Hong Kong.

In addition, she met with Charles Freeman, senior vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to discuss various issues, including opportunities under the Guangzhou-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area development and Hong Kong’s efforts in promoting dispute resolution services.

She concluded her visit on July 14 by attending the Society of International Economic Law Biennial Conference, where she gave a keynote speech.

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