South Korea Joins Asia-Pacific Data Transfer System 

South Korea Joins Asia-Pacific Data Transfer System 

South Korea has joined the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s privacy program to ease international data transfers, APEC announced June 27. The APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system requires a country to adopt national data transfer procedures, including an independent public or private sector accountability agent and an enforcement agency. Businesses in South Korea, such as Samsung […]

Singapore Ministry of Law and International Chamber of Commerce sign MOU to boost arbitration

Alexis Mourre, President of the ICC Court, Han Kok Juan, Deputy Secretary of MinLaw, John Danilovich, Secretary-General of ICC and Indranee Rajah SC, Senior Minister of State of MinLaw and Ministry of Finance

The Singapore Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) announced today that the ICC Court will set up a case management office in Singapore—aimed at boosting arbitration and serving the dispute resolution needs of businesses around the world.

Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in the U.S. – Could a Court Abstain Due To “Inconvenience”? 

Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards in the U.S. – Could a Court Abstain Due To “Inconvenience”? 

Forum non conveniens is one of several judicial abstention doctrines, applied from time to time by U.S. courts, that permit a court to dismiss (without prejudice) a plenary action in its discretion.  In a forum non conveniens case, the court’s jurisdiction is not in question, but the relative legal “inconvenience” of having the matter heard […]

Chinese Authorities Release Catalog of Network and Cybersecurity Products Subject to Pre-Sale Inspection

Chinese Authorities Release Catalog of Network and Cybersecurity Products Subject to Pre-Sale Inspection

On June 9, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), together with three other agencies, released a Catalog of Critical Network Equipment and Network Security Products (First Batch) (“the Catalog,” original Chinese version available here).  It specifies network products that must be certified before they can be marketed in China. China’s Cybersecurity Law (see our series of blog […]

Cutting Through the Confusion of China’s Cybersecurity Law 

Cutting Through the Confusion of China’s Cybersecurity Law 

“The Chinese government considers the focus to be on stopping online crimes that bring dangers to the national security; but foreign companies see the focus of this law as being designed to regulate normal commercial business activities,” said Sarah (Xiaohua) Zhao, a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels. “In reality, it is confusing by itself because […]

HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding

HK passes bill allowing third-party arbitration funding

Hong Kong’s Legislative Council on Wednesday passed a bill allowing third-party funding in arbitration, which is expected to come into effect later this year. Singapore, Asia’s other leading arbitration seat, passed a similar bill in January, so this move is “a welcome development, which will help Hong Kong maintain its status as one of the […]

Singapore to recruit for cyber defense center for National Service

Singapore to recruit for cyber defense center for National Service

The Singapore government plans to tap promising students to do their national service in a new cyber security unit set up by the Ministry of Defense. Meanwhile, training camps for students will spread awareness and career advice about the sector. The Defense Cyber Organization will tackle digital threats to the city-state. The government wants to […]