Hong Kong’s Secretary for Justice deepens legal ties with Saudi Arabia during Riyadh visit

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Photo shows Mr Lam (left) presenting a souvenir to the Vice-Minister of Justice of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr Najem bin Abdullah al-Zaid (right), after their meeting this morning.

20th May 2024 – (Riyadh) Mr Paul Lam, SC, the Secretary for Justice of Hong Kong, along with a delegation of approximately 30 members, continued to strengthen legal collaborations in Riyadh today. The delegation includes key figures from the Law Society of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Bar Association, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited, and Invest Hong Kong.

This morning, the delegation engaged in detailed discussions with Dr Najem bin Abdullah al-Zaid, Vice-Minister of Justice of Saudi Arabia. Their dialogue aimed to build on the foundations laid by the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed on April 22, which focuses on dispute avoidance and resolution.

The visit included a session at the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA), where Mr Lam and his companions met with the board of directors. The SCCA, established in 2014 by a Saudi ministerial council decision, is dedicated to administering alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms for commercial disputes. Today’s meeting underscored the ongoing commitment between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia to enhance legal exchanges, as evident from previous collaborative events such as an international legal and dispute resolution conference hosted by the SCCA in March.

Discussions covered a range of topics within ADR, including arbitration, mediation, and the burgeoning field of online dispute resolution services, highlighting both parties’ interest in modernizing and improving the efficiency of legal processes.

Mr Lam’s productive visit concluded in the afternoon as the delegation set off for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, marking the next phase of their Middle Eastern tour.