25 Nov 2020
AAIL Pledging Full Support for ‘Vision 2030 for Rule of Law’
The Academy refers to the Policy Address made by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR on 25 Nov 2020.
The Academy welcomes the Government’s reiteration of its commitment to the 10-year initiative of ‘Vision 2030 for Rule of Law’. Rule of law is a cornerstone of the success of Hong Kong and it echoes various Goals adopted by the United Nations in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Academy supports the Government’s long-term commitment to maintaining and promoting the rule of law and is pleased to continue its collaboration with the Department of Justice and other international bodies for such purpose.
The Academy also notes the Government reiterating Hong Kong positioning herself as an international legal hub and stressing her commitment to maintaining Hong Kong as a neutral and effective forum for deal-making and dispute resolution. The Academy, since its inception, has been working towards this objective: through various initiatives, it seeks to strengthen the capacity of both local and Asian legal communities in handling legal disputes as well as participates in international conferences as an observer for legal reform. The Academy commends the Government’s commitment.
Relevantly, the Academy, being a founding member of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Ltd., remains, as always, committed to promoting ‘LawTech’ to enhance the access to justice, which is a key aspect of the rule of law. On this, it is encouraging to note the Government’s recognition of the ‘pressing need’ to build the capacity of the legal profession, and more importantly her commitment to make ‘LawTech’ happen in Hong Kong.