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Article: The development of legal protection for mediation confidentiality in Hong Kong

TitleThe development of legal protection for mediation confidentiality in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsConfidentiality
Hong Kong
Legal professional privilege
Legislation on mediation
Mediation
Issue Date2011
PublisherVathek Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.vathek.com/clwr/index.shtml
Citation
Common Law World Review, 2011, v. 40 n. 3, p. 263-277 How to Cite?
AbstractAbstract: One of the underlying objectives of the reformed civil justice system in Hong Kong is to facilitate the settlement of disputes. The court is now under the duty of active case management to encourage and promote the use of an alternative dispute resolution procedure where appropriate. Facilitative mediation was generally practised in Hong Kong before the Civil Justice Reform. By issuing a specific practice direction on mediation, the judiciary has given a strong boost for this process to the extent that parties may even be penalized in costs if they unreasonably refuse to mediate. The continuous transfer of conflict resolution from the hands of the judge to the parties gives rise to an increasing risk that information disclosed in mediation may be used to the parties' disadvantage in subsequent legal proceedings. This paper examines the precise scope of three common law principles that protect confidentiality of mediation communications. Drawing upon the approaches of local institutions, the US Uniform Mediation Act and the EU Mediation Directive, it considers the arguments that might be relevant in deciding what law should govern the issues at present not covered by the existing legal framework, a question that has become more pressing in view of the fact that negotiations have begun on a proposed mediation ordinance to deal with it.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137319
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dc.contributor.authorKoo, AKCen_US
dc.contributor.authorZhao, Yen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-26T14:23:06Z-
dc.date.available2011-08-26T14:23:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationCommon Law World Review, 2011, v. 40 n. 3, p. 263-277en_US
dc.identifier.issn1473-7795-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/137319-
dc.description.abstractAbstract: One of the underlying objectives of the reformed civil justice system in Hong Kong is to facilitate the settlement of disputes. The court is now under the duty of active case management to encourage and promote the use of an alternative dispute resolution procedure where appropriate. Facilitative mediation was generally practised in Hong Kong before the Civil Justice Reform. By issuing a specific practice direction on mediation, the judiciary has given a strong boost for this process to the extent that parties may even be penalized in costs if they unreasonably refuse to mediate. The continuous transfer of conflict resolution from the hands of the judge to the parties gives rise to an increasing risk that information disclosed in mediation may be used to the parties' disadvantage in subsequent legal proceedings. This paper examines the precise scope of three common law principles that protect confidentiality of mediation communications. Drawing upon the approaches of local institutions, the US Uniform Mediation Act and the EU Mediation Directive, it considers the arguments that might be relevant in deciding what law should govern the issues at present not covered by the existing legal framework, a question that has become more pressing in view of the fact that negotiations have begun on a proposed mediation ordinance to deal with it.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherVathek Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.vathek.com/clwr/index.shtml-
dc.relation.ispartofCommon Law World Reviewen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectConfidentiality-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.subjectLegal professional privilege-
dc.subjectLegislation on mediation-
dc.subjectMediation-
dc.titleThe development of legal protection for mediation confidentiality in Hong Kongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1473-7795&volume=40&issue=3&spage=263&epage=277&date=2011&atitle=The+development+of+legal+protection+for+mediation+confidentiality+in+Hong+Kong-
dc.identifier.emailKoo, AKC: akckoo@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailZhao, Y: zhaoy@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityKoo, AKC=rp01428en_US
dc.identifier.authorityZhao, Y=rp01278en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1350/clwr.2011.40.3.0225-
dc.identifier.hkuros191523en_US
dc.identifier.volume40en_US
dc.identifier.issue3en_US
dc.identifier.spage263en_US
dc.identifier.epage277en_US
dc.identifier.ssrn1738917-
dc.identifier.hkulrp2012/018-

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