CUHK LAW – UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Days 2023 Joint Event – ‘Digital Pathways: Innovations in Cross-Border Trade’

CUHK LAW – UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Days 2023 Joint Event – ‘Digital Pathways: Innovations in Cross-Border Trade’

In the dynamic landscape of today’s global economy, digital advancements are reshaping how nations trade and invest. The integration of technology into traditional economic systems has unlocked new pathways, but also poses novel challenges and questions that require insightful discourse.

We are delighted to present this event in collaboration with UNCITRAL, focusing on the transformative role of technology in cross-border trade and investment. Our keynote speaker and esteemed panel of speakers will delve deep into the intricacies of cross-border digital data, exploring the growing influence of fintech, and analyzing the evolving interplay of technology within the international trade and investment law framework.

About the Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary, The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)


Bryan Mercurio is the Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and RGC Senior Research Fellow. Professor Mercurio specialises in international economic law (IEL), with particular expertise in the intersection between trade law and intellectual property rights, free trade agreements, trade in services, dispute settlement and increasingly international investment law. Professor Mercurio is co-author of one of the most widely used textbooks on WTO law (Hart Publishing, 2018, 3rd ed) and co-editor of the leading collection on bilateral and regional trade agreements (Cambridge University Press, 2nd ed, 2016). His most recent monographs respectively explore the international and domestic framework for pharmaceutical patent law and policy (Cambridge University Press, 2018), policy considerations underlying and shaping government policies on cross-border data flows (Anthem Press, 2022) and the legality of capital controls under the various strands of IEL (Cambridge University Press, 2023). Professor Mercurio has recently been awarded Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Senior Research Fellowship in the amount of HK$7,798,380 for a five-year interdisciplinary project entitled, ‘Access to Vaccines in a Post-COVID-19 World: Sustainable Legal and Policy Options’.

Ms. Boltenko is a partner at Fangda Partners in Hong Kong. She is an investment and trade lawyer with over fifteen years’ experience in public international law and investor-State dispute resolution. She has acted as counsel in investor-State disputes under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the London Court of International Arbitration, as well as in commercial disputes in a wide array of industries, including oil and gas, infrastructure, construction, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals across Asia and beyond. Ms. Boltenko is an adjunct associate professor and a deputy executive director of LL.M. in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at The University of Hong Kong, where she teaches arbitration and investment law. She is admitted to the roll of solicitors in Hong Kong and she is qualified to practise law in the Russian Federation. Ms. Boltenko is listed as an arbitrator with the CIETAC, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Asian International Arbitration Centre, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and with a number of other regional and Central Asian institutions, where is developing an active arbitrator practice.

Douglas W. Arner is the Kerry Holdings Professor in Law and RGC Senior Research Fellow in Digital Finance and Sustainable Development at the University of Hong Kong, where he is also a Senior Fellow of the Asia Global Institute, Associate Director of the HKU-Standard Chartered Foundation FinTech Academy and a Member of the Management Committee of the Techno-Entrepreneurship Core as well as principal of the Reg/Tech Lab and Faculty Director of the Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreurship Programme (LITE). He is a non-executive director of NASDAQ and Euronext listed early-stage biotechnology development firm Aptorum Group, a PRIME Finance Expert, an Advisory Board Member of the Global Impact FinTech (GIFT) Forum, SuperCharger Ventures, Policy 4.0, the International RegTech Association, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation and the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CFTE), and co-founder and an executive board member of the Asia Pacific Structured Finance Association. He leads the largest FinTech online course on edX, now with over 125,000 participants drawn from (almost) every country in the world. Douglas focuses on the interlinkages between finance, technology and broader sustainable development. He has published twenty books and more than 200 articles, chapters and reports on finance, technology, regulation and development, including most recently FinTech: Finance, Technology, Regulation (Cambridge 2023 forthcoming, with Ross Buckley and Dirk Zetzsche).

Ms. Athita Komindr, Head, UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific


Dr Shixue HU is an assistant professor at CUHK Law. Her research interests include international investment law, trade, and transnational business law. Her research has been published in top English and Chinese law journals and she is currently working on PRC arbitration law revision and a UGC-funded project on free trade agreements.

Opening Remarks:
Prof. Anatole Boute, Professor and Executive Director of CCTL, CUHK LAW

Closing Remarks:
Prof. Yueming Yan, Assistant Professor, CUHK LAW

Agenda is available here.


07 Nov 2023


3:00 pm - 5:30 pm


The CUHK Graduate Law Centre
Graduate Law Centre 2/F, Bank of America Tower, 12 Harcourt Road Central, Hong Kong

Location 2