Project Title

Workshop on the Use of Modern Technology for Dispute Resolution and Electronic Agreemet Management [particularly Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)]  

Project Year

2017   

Project Number

EC 03 2017S 

Project Session

   

Project Type

Self-Funded 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EC 03 2017S 

Project Title

Workshop on the Use of Modern Technology for Dispute Resolution and Electronic Agreemet Management [particularly Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)]  

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Fund Account

Self-Funded 

Project Year

2017 

Sponsoring Forum

Economic Committee (EC) 

Topics

Structural Reform 

Committee

Economic Committee (EC) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Hong Kong, China 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Canada; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/09/2017 

Expected Completion Date

28/02/2018 

Project Proponent Name 1

Michelle Fung 

Job Title 1

Senior Government Counsel 

Organization 1

Department of Justice 

Postal Address 1

7/F, Justice Place (Main Wing), 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, China 

Telephone 1

852-39184779 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

michellefung@doj.gov.hk 

Project Proponent Name 2

Dr James Ding 

Job Title 2

Principal Government Counsel 

Organization 2

Department of Justice 

Postal Address 2

7/F, Justice Place (Main Wing), 18 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, China 

Telephone 2

852-39184772 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

jamesding@doj.gov.hk 

Declaration

Michelle Fung and James Ding 

Project Cost (US$)

$0.00 

Project Summary

The EC endorsed the SELI Work Plan for Developing a Cooperative Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Framework for MSMES in B2B Transactions and Use of modern technology for Dispute Resolution and Electronic Agreement Management in 2017 (“SELI Workplan”).

As provided in the SELI Workplan, the way forward may include the following pathway: build a pilot, continue to promote harmonisation of the relevant laws for ODR using existing international instruments, cross-APEC collaboration, conduct relevant research/information gathering, design ODR platform, develop ODR procedural rules, capacity building, and leverage private sector and academic community support, and at the same time, explore the use of other modern technology such as the use of blockchain for automated or smart contracts for contract management or enforcement and prevention of disputes.

This project aims to organize a 2-day workshop in the margins of EC1 2018 to raise awareness among APEC member economies in the use of modern technology and the application of international to strengthen contract management, pre-dispute / pre-escalation processes to prevent disputes, dispute resolution and enforcement in cross-border commercial transactions by their businesses (including MSMEs). The project will also build the capacity of member economies on what “smart contracts” are, the considerations in their creation and issues of legal recognition and harmonization and how potential issues may be resolved using existing private international law instruments.  The project will also present findings of further research and information gathering about the ODR.

This project demonstrates how the use of modern technology and related private international law instruments may complement APEC’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) initiative by facilitating cross-border trade and which may also contribute to APEC’s regional integration, connectivity and structural reform agenda, APEC’s Economic Committee Structural Reform agenda, the Boracay Action Agenda on MSMEs and the ongoing SELI FoTC work. The project seeks to advance structural reform and to strengthen the economic and legal infrastructure of member economies.

Outcomes of the workshop will be compiled into a report, allowing key lessons learnt to be broadly shared among APEC economies and the international community.

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