HCCH 125
Ways Forward: Challenges and Opportunities
in an Increasingly Connected World
Hong Kong | 18 -20 April 2018

Welcome Message

Welcome! In my capacity as Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), it is my great pleasure to invite you to the global conference “HCCH 125 – Ways Forward: Challenges and Opportunities in an Increasingly Connected World”, to be held in Hong Kong from 18-20 April 2018, with the generous support of the Department of Justice of Hong Kong SAR.

The conference will explore the great opportunities private international law offers an increasingly connected world, in which growing numbers of private relationships between individuals, corporations and every other private legal entity are connected to more than one jurisdiction, as well as how the HCCH can harness these opportunities in the future. We are very excited that many leading private international law experts, including from the judiciary, academia, governments and private practice and hailing from all regions, will share with us their experience – and their vision for both private international law and the HCCH.

Because we want to benefit from as many learned contributions as possible, we chose a format with a strong focus on open debate and the free exchange of ideas: the “Davos-style”. Our experienced moderators will foster maximum interaction among the expert panelists as well as with the participants, so that your participation will greatly enrich the value of the event.

The “HCCH 125 – Ways Forward: Challenges and Opportunities in an Increasingly Connected World” conference presents a unique opportunity for all participants to contribute to the future of private international law and the evolution of the HCCH, the pre-eminent international organisation developing global private international law solutions.

I look forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong.

Dr Christophe Bernasconi

Secretary General, HCCH



It is my great privilege and pleasure to welcome you to Hong Kong to take part in this leading global conference in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("HKSAR") has the great honour of supporting the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (“Hague Conference”) through its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (”ROAP”) in hosting this conference in Hong Kong. This conference presents the participants with valuable opportunities to discuss a wide range of contemporary private international law issues, including the future development of private international law as well as the important role and contribution of the Hague Conference in this regard.

As confirmed in the latest Policy Address of the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, it is our Government’s policy to consolidate Hong Kong’s status as a centre for legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia Pacific region and to promote our international legal and dispute resolution services through co operation with international organisations. With our top quality legal profession comprising both local and international law firms and advocates, our independent judiciary and our modern legal infrastructure, Hong Kong is an ideal base for the Hague Conference to extend its influence through the ROAP which has been contributing to the development and harmonisation of private international law in the region since its establishment in Hong Kong in 2012.

We will continue to give full support to the work of the Hague Conference for its invaluable contribution to the development of private international law in this region and beyond. May I wish the conference every success and those of you coming to Hong Kong a fruitful and memorable stay!

Ms Teresa Cheng, GBS, SC, JP

Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong SAR, China