Belt and Road infrastructure projects usually involve with at least one of the key players (e.g. contractor, consultants or employers) working outside its country of origin. As these multi-national participants come from different political, legal, economic, and cultural backgrounds, disputes in these projects involve more than just rights and interests of the parties. If disputes are not managed properly, they tend to cause project delays and destroy business relationships.

Since globalization lead us to harmonization and convergence with international practice, international projects call for common practices and procedures and have led to something approaching a ’global law’.

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In this workshop, speakers will introduce the theoretical and practical knowledge of dispute resolution (DR) to equip participants to face the challenge of “disputology” problems in the Belt and Road projects. The following topics will be covered:

  • Institutional framework to resolve disputes and handle certain construction risks
  • The Harmonisation of international arbitration
  • Application of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and ‘multi-tiered” DR mechanisms in international projects

Details of cases to be shared by Guest Speakers 


Facilitator and Guest Speakers 

Facilitator: Guest Speaker:
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Prof. Edwin Chan  Mr. Li Zhi Yong


Quick Summary

Date & Time:

20 September 2019 (Fri), 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and
21 September 2019 (Sat), 9 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Medium of Instruction:

Cantonese with training materials in English

Guest Speaker Sharing:

Cantonese / Putonghua / English


Hotel ICON, Kowloon

Workshop Fee:

HK$800 (includes HK$400 workshop fee and HK$400 self-funded lunch and dinner fee)

Workshop Size:

A maximum of 50 participants

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the workshop, participants are expected to:

  • be able to examine different dispute resolution mechanisms (DRM) to decipher their characteristics, limitations and legal implications.
  • have a good understanding on the nature of the DRM, in order to project a general topography showing the distribution pattern of their use for resolving different types of dispute involving international parties.
  • gain an insight of cultural dimensions in relation to the causing and resolving disputes.
  • be able to interact with the purposely-developed DRM website to appraise and select the most appropriate mechanism for his/her dispute types.

Facilitator and Guest Speakers


Chan Hon Wan Edwin ws6

Prof. Edwin Chan 
Professor, Department of Building and Real Estate, PolyU 
Accredited mediator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre 
Mediator/arbitrator of the Joint Panel of Mediators/Arbitrators of the Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors (HKIS) and Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) 
Panel arbitrator of the Guangzhou Arbitration Commission

Prof. Chan is a Chartered Architect, Engineer and Surveyor and a Barrister-at-Law.

He has published his work in about 130 international Science Citation Index (SCI)/Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) journal papers and many book chapters.

His research interest include sustainability policy for the urban environment, urban renewal/ heritage conservation, low carbon polices, healthy/green buildings, institutional analysis and transaction costs for “Green” promotions, dispute management and community issues.



Guest Speakers:

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Mr. Li Zhi Yong 
Deputy General Manager of Legal & Risk Control Department, POWERCHINA INTERNATIONAL GROUP LIMITED 
Representative, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) (China)
Arbitrator, Beijing International Arbitration Center
Arbitrator, Wuhan Arbitration Commission
Expert Committee Member, The “Belt and Road” (China) Arbitration Research Institute
Researcher, Research Center for Construction Laws and Finance in Beihang University

Mr. Li is the Deputy General Manager of Legal & Risk Control Department of POWERCHINA INTERNATIONAL GROUP LIMITED with his 15 years’ practical experience in international construction projects (stationed overseas for 7 years). He is the Representative of Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF) (China), Arbitrator in Beijing International Arbitration Center and Wuhan Arbitration Commission. Mr. Li is also the Expert Committee Member of The “Belt and Road” (China) Arbitration Research Institute and Researcher in Research Center for Construction Laws and Finance in Beihang University.


Case Sharing

Guest Speakers:

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Mr .Li Zhi Yong 
Deputy General Manager of Legal & Risk Control Department, POWERCHINA INTERNATIONAL GROUP LIMITED 

POWERCHINA is the world’s largest power engineering contractor. In 2018, it ranked 6th among the world’s top 250 engineering contractors, and its existing projects under construction in 122 countries and regions worth more than USD100 billion.

Mr. Li, through sharing his 15 years’ experience in management and dispute resolution in the international construction industry, will interpret the latest trends of the development of China’s international engineering contracting companies, the characteristics of international construction disputes, the application of dispute management and the multi-level dispute resolution mechanism.  He will also talk about the emergency measures for a large-scale project in West Africa after an emergency dispute occurred, and how the multi-level dispute resolution mechanism worked to resolve the dispute.