Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre’s 2019 Roadshow in Hong Kong and Singapore a success

UNSW Law’s Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre successfully had its 2019 Roadshow in Hong Kong and Singapore over 21-29 May 2019. Six CIBELers joined the Roadshow and visited five universities this time to strengthen the research collaboration of individual CIBEL members with academic staff in those institutions.

Led by the Co-directors of the CIBEL Centre, Professor Deborah Healey and Associate Professor Heng Wang, the delegation of 6 including Associate Professor Emma Armson, Associate Professor Xiao-chuan Weng, Dr Weihuan Zhou and Dr Lu Wang visited the University of Hong Kong (HKU), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), City University of Hong Kong (CityU), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU) over the 9 days and also attended several networking events with the Hong Kong and Singapore teams of its key partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF).

CIBELers at CUHK with Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) Professor Steven Gallagher (R5), Professor Jae Woon Lee (R1), Professor Yan Xu (L5) and Professor James Zeng (R2).


In Hong Kong, the CIBELers visited the Shatin campus of the CUHK in accompany with the Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) of School of Law Prof. Steven Gallagher and had two informal discussion sessions at the CityU and the HKU with many renowned colleagues in the CIBEL field including CityU’s Dean of Law school Prof Geraint Howells and the Acting Dean of HKU’s Faculty of Law Professor Hualing Fu. 

CIBELers at CityU with Dean of Law school Prof Geraint Howells (R3), Professor Alexander Loke (L3), Dr Chunyan Ding (L2), Dr Yu-Hsin Lin (L4) and Dr Tianxiang He (L5).
CIBELers at HKU with Acting Dean Professor Hualing Fu (R6), Dr Giuliano Castellano (R2), Mr Syren Johnstone (R4), Dr Michael Ng (L1), Professor Xian Chu Zhang (L5), Dr Evan Gibson (L6), Dr Han Zhu (L3).


The CIBELers attended a morning seminar on “A Change of Direction on the Belt and Road?  Sustainability, Standards and Solving Disputes” at HSF Hong Kong office, where HSF Executive Partner for the Global Dispute Resolution practice of the Asia region and the US Mr Justin D'agostino delivered the welcome remarks and HSF Beijing’s Partner Mr Calvin Ho severed as the moderator. Mr Murphy Mok and Ms Anita Phillips from HSF Hong Kong and Co-director of the CIBEL Centre Associate Professor Heng Wang sat in the panel.

CIBEL Centre Co-director Associate Professor Heng Wang (R2) with Mr Murphy Mok (L1), Mr Calvin Ho (L2),  Mr Justin D'agostino (L3) and Ms Anita Phillips(R1).


The CIBELers were also invited by the HSF Hong Kong team to have a close view of the rehearsal of Hong Kong Ballet’s new production, Rite of Spring, and did an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with the Company’s artistic director Septime Webre and many excellent dancers.

HK ballet event
CIBELers at the exclusive event with Hong Kong Ballet.


In Singapore, the CIBELers had a mini-symposium at SMU chaired by the Associate Dean (Faculty Matters & Research) of Law School Professor Gary Chan with many excellent academics there including CIBEL Seed Grant recipient Associate Professor Henry Gao and Associate Professor Pasha Hsieh, who was a commentator of the sessions.

CIBELers at SMU with Associate Dean (Faculty Matters & Research) Professor Gary Chan (L5), Associate Professor Henry Gao (R4), Associate Professor Pasha Hsieh (R7) and participants of the mini-symposium.


At the Meet and Greet session at NUS, the CIBELers were warmly welcomed by a group of colleagues there led by the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) of NUS Law Professor David Tan and the Deputy Chairman of EW Barker Centre for Law & Business Associate Professor Wee Meng Seng.

CIBELers at NUS with the Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) Professor David Tan, Associate Professor Wee Meng Seng, Associate Professor Lin Lin, Associate Professor Umakanth Varottil, Associate Professor Wang Jiangyu.


During the visit in Singapore, the CIBELers attended a morning seminar on “Antitrust Enforcement in the Asia Pacific Region” at HSF Singapore office with Director (Legal) of Competition & Consumer Commission of Singapore Ms Winnie Ching, Partner of HSF Hong Kong Ms Adelaide Luke and the Co-director of the CIBEL Centre Professor Deborah Healey in the panel.  HSF Singapore’s Partner Ms Nicola Yeomans was the moderator. 

CIBEL Centre Co-director Professor Deborah Healey (R1) with Ms Nicola Yeomans (L1), Ms Winnie Ching (L2) and Ms Adelaide Luke (R2).


The Roadshow finished with a farewell lunch with the colleagues from HSF Singapore hosted by Mr Tomas Furlong, who is a Partner of the firm. 

HSF Lunch
CIBELers at the farewell lunch with HSF Singapore colleagues Mr Tomas Furlong, Ms Brenda Horrigan, Ms Gitta Satryani and Ms Reshma Nair.