05 April 2021
[Webinar] 1970 HCCH Evidence Convention and the Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link
On 1 June, ABLI is holding a webinar with the Hague Conference on Private International Law under the theme of the 1970 HCCH Evidence Convention and the Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link.
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, organised 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?
Speakers for this webinar are: Alexander Blumrosen, Partner, Polaris Law; Edmund J Kronenburg, Managing Partner, Braddell Brothers LLP; Justice Anselmo Reyes, Singapore International Commercial Court; Professor Yun Zhao, University of Hong Kong and Dr João Ribeiro-Bidaoui, First Secretary at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
Registration is now open here. Members of the Singapore Academy of Law can redeem this webinar with their credit dollars on SAL-e.
This webinar has been accredited for one public CPD point for Singapore-admitted lawyers.