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Goff Lectures

The Goff Lecture was instituted in 1990 by the City University of Hong Kong to celebrate the commencement of its Master of Arts degree course in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. The first lecture was delivered in 1990 by Lord Goff of Chieveley, Lord of Appeal, who then consented to the series bearing his name.

The 25th Goff Arbitration Lecture: Arbitrator “Temperance”: David Caron’s Rule of X
Speaker: Ms Lucy Reed 
Date: 14 October 2020 (Wed)
Time: 9:00am - 10:10am
Venue: Online via Zoom
Video: Click here

The 24th Goff Arbitration Lecture: Isn’t 700 Years Long Enough? — Time to Think Again about Costs
Speaker: Mr Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS, International Arbitrator
Date: 2 April 2019 ( Tuesday)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:15pm (Tea Reception: 5:45pm – 6:00pm)
Venue: Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, 38th Floor Two Exchange Square, 8 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
Language: English

The 23rd Goff Arbitration Lecture: Arbitral Autonomy and Applicable and Overriding Law
Speaker: Rt Hon. The Lord Jonathan Mance
Date: 9 July 2018 (Monday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm (Canapes: 6:30pm – 7:00pm)
Venue: LT-17 (Wong To Yick Tong Lecture Theatre), 4/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building,
           City University of Hong Kong, 83 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

The 22nd Goff Arbitration Lecture -Making the Best of Arbitration
Speaker: Rt Hon. The Lord Hope of Craighead KT
Date: 12 February 2018 (Monday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm (Canapes: 6:30pm – 7:00pm)
Venue:    Connie Fan Multi-media Conference Room (MMR), 4/F Cheng Yick-chi Building

The 21st Annual Goff Arbitration Lecture: Arbitration – Private and Public Interest Dimensions
Specker: Chief Justice Robert French AC
Date: 18 April 2016 (Mon)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Tea reception at 6:30 pm)
Venue: Kind & Wood Mallesons Office, 13/F Gloucester Tower, Central, Hong Kong

The 20th Annual Goff Arbitration Lecture: The Right to Arbitrate—Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Speaker: Professor Gary Born (Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group)
Date: 13th January 2015 (Tuesday)

The 19th Annual Goff Arbitration Lecture: The Rise of Treaty-based Investment Arbitration in Asia
Speaker: Professor Kaj Hobér Partner, Mannheimer Swartling
Date: 13 March 2013

The Case for Better, and Better-armed, Arbitrators
Speaker: Dr Jacques Werner, Founder and Chairman of the Geneva Global Arbitration Forum
Date: 21 November 2011

A Model Form of Procedural Order Relating to Confidentiality in Arbitration
Speaker: Justice Michael Hwang S.C., Chief Justice of Dubai International Financial Centre, Senior Counsel and Arbitrator, Singapore
Date: 7 December 2010

The Small, The Useful and The Impossible: The Experience of UNCITRAL in Revising Its Rules
Speaker: Professor David D. Caron, C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of International Law School of Law University of California at Berkeley
Date: 10 December 2009

National Emergencies and Necessities: Do They and Should They Relieve States of Their Investment Obligations?
Speaker: Professor Michael Reisman, Myres S McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Date: 16 December 2008

W(h)ither International Commercial Arbitration?
Speaker: The Hon Charles N Brower Judge of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal & former President of the American Society of International Law
Date: 16 January 2007

The Role of Arbitration within Today’s Challengers to the World Community and to International Law
Speaker: Professor Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel, Chairman of the Board of the German Institution of Arbitration
Date: 7 December 2005

Caveat Investor: The Emerging Law of Foreign Investment and the Settlement of Disputes under Investment Treaties
Speaker: Mr Yves Fortier, QC, Chairman of Ogilvy Renault, Canada
Date: 9 December 2004

The Paramount Objective of Fairness: The Duty to Arbitrate in Good Faith
Speaker: Mr V V Veeder, QC, Barrister (England), Member of Essex Court Chambers & Arbitrator
Date: 5 December 2001

The Spirit of Arbitration
Speaker: Mr Fali Nariman, President of International Council for Commercial Arbitration & President of Bar Association of India
Date: 17 February 2000

Irresponsibility in International Commercial Arbitration
Speaker: Professor Pierre Lalive, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Geneva & Partner of Lalive & Associés, Geneva
Date: 10 November 1998

Enforcement – Is There an International Standard?
Speaker: Mr Jan Paulsson, Partner, Freshfields – Paris & Vice-President, London Court of International Arbitration
Date: 12 November 1997

Too Many Laws?
Speaker: The Rt Hon The Lord Mustill President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Date: 19 November 1996

Is the Need for Writing, as Expressed in the New York Convention and the Model Law, Out of Step with Commercial Practice?
Speaker: Professor Neil Kaplan, QC, Chairman of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Date: 20 November 1995

The Validity of An Arbitral Award Rendered by A Truncated Tribunal
Speaker: Judge Stephen Schwebel, Judge and Vice-President of the International Court of Justice
Date: 30 November 1994

The Role of ADR in the Settlement of Commercial Disputes
Speaker: Mr Arthur Marriott, Solicitor (England and Wales) & Consultant to the London Office of Wilmer Cutler and Pickering
Date: 3 December 1993

1979 and All That
Speaker: The Rt Hon The Lord Thomas Bingham of Cornhill Kg, Master of the Rolls,
Senior Law Lord
Date: 20 October 1992

Speaker: The Hon Andrew Rogers, Chief Justice of the Commercial Division Supreme Court of New South Wales
Date: 28 September 1991

Commercial Arbitration
Speaker: The Rt Hon The Lord Goff of Chieveley, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
Date: 18 October 1990