HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link

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This webinar will discuss the HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and remote taking of evidence by video-link.

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This webinar takes place from 4pm to 5:15pm (Singapore time), or 10am to 11:15am (Central European Summer Time) on Tuesday, 1 June 2021.

Members of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) who want to take advantage of their SAL credit dollars can sign up at https://www.sal-e.org.sg/1970-hcch-evidence-convention-and-the-remote-taking-of-evidence-by-video-link. Do note SAL's system is unable to cater to promo codes if you hold any.


The unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the need for solutions to allow continued access to justice despite restrictions on mobility and in-person meetings. In turn, this has highlighted the utility of technology-neutral instruments that facilitate cooperation in transnational civil or commercial litigation, such as the HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention. Notably, the use of technology under that Convention is encouraged in both the transmission and execution of requests and in the taking of evidence remotely by video-link, where appropriate and subject to domestic law.

This webinar, jointly organised by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) and the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI), in the context of the ongoing celebrations of the golden anniversary of the HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention, will feature international experts and stakeholders from different legal systems to discuss practical challenges on the cross-border taking of evidence and possible solutions to further facilitate cross-border proceedings in the next 50 years. Discussions will include questions such as:

  • How have 50 years of the HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention facilitated cross-border proceedings in civil or commercial matters?
  • Is there a set of best practices when taking evidence under Chapter I (Letters of Request) or Chapter II (in particular Commissioners) of the Convention?
  • What are the best means of obtaining evidence that can be effectively utilized in proceedings in the state of origin where proceedings are pending?

A brief introduction of the 1965 HCCH Service Convention will be given at the end of this webinar.

When is this webinar scheduled?

This webinar will take place from 4pm to 5:15pm (Singapore time) or 10am to 11:15am (Central European Summer Time) on Tuesday, 1 June 2021.

Please be mindful of the time difference if you are joining from outside of Singapore.

Who will be speaking at this webinar (in alphabetical order)?

Alexander Blumrosen (Paris, France)

Partner, Polaris Law

Alexander Blumrosen is the founding partner of the Paris law firm Polaris Law, specialised in the litigation of international commercial business disputes (before courts and arbitration tribunals), with particular experience in technology, IP and cross-border privacy.

Alexander is frequently named as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations, is appointed Hague Commissioner and Privacy Monitor by U.S. courts under the Hague Evidence Convention of 1970, and is selected as an expert on French law and procedure in U.S. litigation. He has been appointed by the EU and the US to sit on the Privacy Shield arbitration panel.  

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Georgetown Law School and the University of Paris I, he is admitted to the Bars of New York and Paris. He is a member of the "Tech-list" of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, a past President of the International Technology Law Association, and a former Chair of the International Commercial Arbitration Committee of the International Section of the ABA.  Alexander is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been named Chevalier in the French Légion d'Honneur.

Edmund J Kronenburg (Singapore)

Managing Partner, Braddell Brothers LLP

Edmund Kronenburg is the Managing Partner of Braddell Brothers LLP, Singapore’s second-oldest independent law practice, founded in 1883. He is admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore) and Solicitor (England & Wales).

Edmund has over 23 years of experience in dispute resolution, litigation and arbitration, regularly appearing as counsel before the Singapore courts as well as in international arbitrations. His diverse practice includes commercial and corporate disputes, breach of confidence, defamation, medical negligence, employment, energy and natural resources, media and telecommunications, as well as pre-emptive relief and injunctions (including Worldwide Mareva / Freezing Injunctions far exceeding US$ 1 billion in combined value).

In addition to his work as counsel, Edmund actively sits as an arbitrator. He has conducted arbitrations seated in Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam as Sole Arbitrator, Tribunal Chairman / Presiding Arbitrator and Tribunal Member. He is a Fellow of the CIArb, SIArb, MIArb, AMINZ, HKIArb and PIArb and has been admitted to the arbitrator panels / lists of 17 international arbitral institutes worldwide.

Justice Anselmo Reyes (joining from Kyoto, Japan)

Anselmo Reyes practises as an arbitrator. He was Professor of Legal Practice at Hong Kong University from October 2012 to September 2018. Before that, he was a judge of the Hong Kong High Court from 2003 to 2012 when he was in charge of the Construction and Arbitration List (2004 to 2008) and the Commercial and Admiralty Lists (2008 to 2012). He was Representative of the Hague Conference on Private International Law's Regional Office Asia Pacific from April 2013 to July 2017.

Anselmo became an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court in January 2015. He is currently a visiting professor at the law faculty of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Professor Yun Zhao (Hong Kong SAR, China)

University of Hong Kong

Professor Yun Zhao is Henry Cheng Professor in International Law and Head of Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He obtained his PhD degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam, LLM degree from Leiden University, and LLM & LLB degrees from China University of Political Science and Law.

Professor Zhao is currently the Representative of Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, a Standing Council Member of the Chinese Society of International Law and the Chinese Society of Private International Law, and Chair Professor at Xiamen University (2020-2023). He was Director of the Centre for Chinese Law of HKU from 2013 to 2017.

Professor Zhao is listed as arbitrator in several international arbitration commissions. He is also a founding Council Member of the Hong Kong Internet Forum, a member of the International Institute of Space Law, a member of the Asia Pacific Law Association and the Beijing International Law Society.

Dr João Ribeiro-Bidaoui

First Secretary at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

Dr João Ribeiro-Bidaoui is First Secretary at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH), where he heads the Transnational Litigation Team, with primary responsibility over the Working Group on Jurisdiction, the 2005 Choice of Court and 2019 Judgments Conventions, the HCCH Principles on Choice of Law, the Tourists and Visitors (ODR) Project, as well as the 1965 Service, 1970 Evidence, and 1980 Access to Justice Conventions.

He had charge over the final phases of the Judgments Project, which resulted in the adoption at the 22nd HCCH Diplomatic Session of the Convention of 2 July 2019 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil or Commercial Matters. 

Is this webinar accredited for continuing professional development (CPD) points for Singapore-admitted lawyers?

This webinar has been accredited for 1 public CPD point. Attendees who wish to claim CPD points are reminded to provide their AAS numbers or other number issued by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) during registration. You are required to strictly follow the attendance policy of SILE before CPD points can be awarded. Please refer to www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

I am a member of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), and would like to use my SAL credit dollars to sign for the webinar. How do I do so?

SAL members who want to take advantage of their SAL credit dollars can sign up at https://www.sal-e.org.sg/1970-hcch-evidence-convention-and-the-remote-taking-of-evidence-by-video-link. Do note that if you sign up there, you will receive an invoice generated by SAL. SAL is a GST-registered organisation. ABLI does not charge GST and will absorb GST on its own for registrations via SAL.

If you are from any of ABLI's Founding Partners and would like to enjoy the discount to which you are entitled, you will need to sign up on Eventbrite as SAL's system does not cater specifically to such arrangements.

This is the same case if you have received any special promo code directly from ABLI or the co-organiser.

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To register for this webinar:

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Step 2: Once ABLI is notified of your ticket purchase, we will email you a separate link for you to sign up for the Zoom webinar in advance. This is mandatory as the webinar link sent to you is unique and manual approval of your webinar registration ensures that your attendance can be recorded at the back-end for CPD purposes.

Step 3: After your sign-up is approved by the organiser, simply follow the instructions indicated in the approval email to attend the webinar on 1 June 2021. Please be punctual as the system captures your log-in time, which is especially relevant if you are claiming for CPD points.

Please be mindful of the time difference if you are joining from outside of Singapore.

What if I am unable to attend this webinar after registration? Are the fees paid refundable?

Unfortunately, the payments made are not refundable. If you are unable to attend the webinar, we request that you let us know as soon as possible so that we may explore options to let you transfer your slot to your colleague.

I am interested in this webinar but unable to make it for the live session. If I register, will a recording be made available to me?

Yes, a recording of the webinar can be made available via a private link to a paid attendee upon request, though it is important to bear in mind that viewing the recording will not entitle you to any public CPD point.

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