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In this latest posting on the Sweet & Maxwell Civil Justice Reform Blog, Andrew Aglionby, Partner and Head of International Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region at Baker & McKenzie gives his views on the use of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Hong Kong, and what that means for the region.

Andrew Aglionby Arbitration Blog

Andrew Aglionby Arbitration Blog


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Westlaw HK is pleased to announce the addition of West’s Series on Contemporary Chinese Law to the Hong Kong subscription.  This provides a gateway into Chinese economic, business, criminal and tax law.  Chinese legal scholars provide an introduction to law in the People’s Republic of China.


Through this new series, Westlaw HK customers will gain a better knowledge of each major legal area needed to start doing business in China.  Beginning with basic fundamentals and then working into more complex concepts, this new series is specifically designed for those who are not yet in China, but looking to establish a presence.


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This is a new blog from Sweet & Maxwell ( which provides leading edge perspectives on all things related to Civil Justice Reform (CJR) in Hong Kong.  In this blog we will provide insights from leading experts, video interviews and briefings as well as information about developments related to CJR.  We will also provide detail on any products or services which provide useful insight and guidance on CJR related issues, including Hong Kong Civil Procedure (The Hong Kong White Book).

Sweet & Maxwell Civil Justice Reform Blog

Sweet & Maxwell Civil Justice Reform Blog

The first video is a briefing from Martin Rogers, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Asia for Clifford Chance, and General Editor of the Hong Kong White Book discussing expert reports and the giving of expert evidence following Civil Justice Reform in Hong Kong (2 April 2009).

Watch this space for more expert briefings and developments in Civil Justice Reform.

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Westlaw HK recently held an event at its Central office in the Landmark, to showcase a series of products which are now available for sale in Hong Kong.  Over 30 practitioners including solicitors, barristers, law librarians and academic law librarians arrived ready to find out about the latest developments from Westlaw HK.


The session began with a short comedy video created by the Westlaw team in the US, about how Westlaw helps to take the stress out of legal research (See Westlaw Stress Toy – Part 1).


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In this, the fourth video in our series on China, Stephen Yao explains how Westlaw China differentiates itself and why its translation are of  the highest quality.



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A live Westlaw China demonstration will be conducted at 42/F Gloucester Tower, The Landmark on 26 February 2009.  This session will be conducted by our Westlaw China Online Trainer from Beijing and will provide and excellent opportunity for users to observe and ask questions directly to a member of our China team.  The session will begin promptly at 1:00pm and run approximately 1 hour.  Seating is limited so please RSVP to to reserve a place.

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In this, the third of our series of videos on China, Stephen Yao of Westlaw China briefly discusses the challenges involved in conducting legal research on Chinese law.



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In working with local law school students a question was brought up which may be a helpful reminder for all Westlaw users.  “How can I look up cases coming from the Court of Final Appeal?”

From either the “full text” field from HK Case Law or using Terms & Connectors (Advance Search Link) one can type in co(cfa) before entering any other search terms.  The co tells the system that the search is restricted to the following court (in this case cfa Court of Final Appeal).  In this example one can add more search terms such as director’s duties which would look like director /3 duty.  The complete string would be co(cfa) & director /3 duty.  We are telling the system to find all case law coming from the Court of Final Appeal dealing anything pertaining to director within three terms of the word duty.

This simple example should yield the user specific cases from this court, thus saving valuable time.  For a more complete list of field restrictions please click on the “Advance Search” link on the right side of the Hong Kong Case  Law Quick Search.  The Terms & Connectors search engine with have a drop down “Fields” area showing the complete list of restrictors.

Westlaw HK has updated Hong Kong Civil Procedure (The Hong Kong White Book) to display the 2009 edition.  The 2009 edition includes Volume 1 (The Rules of the High Court), Volume 2, and Volume 3 (Hong Kong Civil Procedure Forms, available on Westlaw HK for the first time.).


There are different ways to access the Hong Kong White Book on Westlaw HK:


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COPYWORLD contains the full text of Copyright Throughout the World, intellectual property expert Silke von Lewinski¹s country-by-country guide to the copyright law of at least 15 nations, including Spain. (The guide is expected to cover additional countries in the coming months.) Coverage is current as of December 2008. Each chapter is devoted to a particular country; all chapters provide similar topics and scope. The guide covers registration and formalities, scope of protection, presumptions of ownership, transfers, collective rights management, remedies, circumvention of technological measures and rights management information, secondary liability, and conflict of law rules.

Simply use the database identifier COPYWORLD to launch this search engine.


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