Speaker

James DING

Commissioner

Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China

Dr James Ding is the Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. He has been awarded the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Government/Public Service in 2021. He coordinates and promotes various policy initiatives for dispute avoidance and resolution as well as on advancing the rule of law. He has published on different subjects of international law and international cooperation, and has given presentations at different international and regional conferences, including more recently a workshop during 2020 Hong Kong Arbitration Week, events at the Hong Kong Legal Week 2020, ‘Mediate First’ Pledge Event 2021 as well as various APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) workshops on online dispute resolution. He is also currently the Chair of the APEC Economic Committee. He obtained LL.B. (Hons) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (Distinction) from The University of Hong Kong, LL.M. from Kyushu University, Japan (under the Monbusho scholarship) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. He became a barrister in Hong Kong in 1997 and joined the Department of Justice in 1999. He also taught on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong and The Open University of Hong Kong during the academic years of 1998 and 1999.