Concept of eBRAM
eBRAM provided technology support for ICC Mediation Competition in Hong Kong
11-14 November 2020, Hong Kong
eBRAM is proud to be the technology partner of the 15th ICC Mediation Competition hosted by International Chamber of Commerce - Hong Kong (ICC-HK) and the Department of Justice of the HKSAR Government from 11 to 14 November 2020.
The online platform supported by eBRAM accommodated 20 teams of 7 jurisdictions. An opening ceremony was held on 11 November 2020 at eBRAM’s Central office, where Mr Ronald Sum, Co-Chairmen and ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition - Hong Kong Organising Committee, delivered an opening remarks to all participating students, followed by a video welcoming speech from Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, the Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR government.
The Hon Mr Justice Coleman, Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court, and Mr J.P. Lee, SBS, OBE, JP, Chairman of International Chamber of Commerce – Hong Kong were also present to share their joy and affirmations to the competition and Hong Kong as a leading hub of mediation and arbitration in Asia Pacific region, attributed by the world-acclaimed rule of law system under the Basic Law implementing in Hong Kong.
In the 3-day competition, students were guided by professional mediators under rules based on the ICC mediation rules, supported and adjudicated by a panel of experienced, world-leading ADR practitioners. The winning team received automatic entry to compete at the annual ICC Mediation Competition at the ICC Global Headquarters in Paris, France in early 2021 in its 16th edition, widely recognised as the world’s leading competition devoted to international commercial mediation.
eBRAM Provided LawTech Support for Online Arbitration Mooting amidst COVID-19
22 - 29 March 2020, Hong Kong
Organiser: Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd
Role of eBRAM: Technical partner
The eBRAM team technically supported the virtual format of the 17th Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot (VEM) amidst the COVID-19 epidemic.
The trusted online platform supported by eBRAM accommodated 71 teams of 21 jurisdictions and about 250 arbitrators of 52 jurisdictions to take part in the moot.
Evening Talk at CIArb East Asia Branch
7 January 2020, Hong Kong
Organiser: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch)
Role of eBRAM: Presenter
Mr Daniel Lam, SBS, JP, delivered a presentation to about 50 members CIArb on the latest progress of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) in Asia and the inception of eBRAM, highlighting unique features of the eBRAM Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) platform which is set to launch in 2020.
Mr Lam also responded to questions raised from the CIArb members and elaborated how the eBRAM Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) process works and its rules, fees, and selection criteria of the eBRAM panels of neutrals.
eBRAM Representatives Joined RCAP UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Day - UNCITRAL RCAP-UM Joint Conference 2019
11 December 2019, Macau
Organiser: The University of Macau
Role of eBRAM: Presenter
The conference explored the way forward in promoting alternative dispute resolution, especially in the context of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as well as the fast-growing digital economy. The eBRAM representatives joined the event and presented on the future of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and how the new eBRAM online platform can enable an efficient and legally binding approach for MSMEs to resolve business-related disputes.
The 3rd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit 2019
4 November 2019
Mr Daniel Lam, SBS, JP, CEO of eBRAM delivered a speech at the 3rd UNCITRAL Asia Pacific Judicial Summit 2019 jointly organised by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the Department of Justice of HKSAR, and the Asian Academy of International Law Limited (AAIL).
Visit to CIETAC
9 August 2019
Mr Daniel Lam, SBS, JP, CEO of eBRAM visited the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and exchanged ideas on various topics relating to Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) with Dr Li Hu, Deputy Secretary-General of CIETAC, in particular on how to promote together the use of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) in the region.
Visit to Beijing Internet Court
9 August 2019
The eBRAM delegation visited the Beijing Internet Court and had a meeting with Mr She Guiqing, Deputy President of the Beijing Internet Court.
Visit to City Development Law Firm
23 July 2019
The eBRAM delegation visited City Development Law Firm in Shanghai.
APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting
22-25 July 2019
The eBRAM delegation joined the APEC Business Advisory Council Meeting held in Hangzhou during 22-25 July 2019.
Mr Daniel Lam, SBS, JP, delivered a presentation on the key advantages of conducting arbitration and mediation in the cyber space and how Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) facilitates MSMEs’ access to justice. His presentation was warmly received by business leaders from APEC economies.
eBRAM Online Platform Serves and Delivers at the Virtual Signing Ceremony between the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Government of the HKSAR
22 December 2020
eBRAM is proud to serve as the technology partner to enable the virtual e-signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Hague Conference on Private International Law and the Government of the HKSAR for the Technical and Administrative Arrangements relating to the Secondment of Legal Professionals at the former French Mission Building on 22 December 2020.
The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, the Secretary for Justice
|Virtual e-signing ceremony of MoU between HKSAR Department of Justice and HCCH|
Enabled by the eBRAM Platform’s locally developed secure online video conferencing and electronic signing technologies, the Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR Government, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, and Secretary General Dr Christophe Bernasconi of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) conducted a virtual ceremony and the Memorandum of Understanding.
Mr Nick Chan MH, Vice-Chair of eBRAM, attended the ceremony on behalf of eBRAM. Mr Chan commented: “As a champion of LawTech, eBRAM is honoured and very pleased to share and deploy our locally-developed secure e-signing technology, originally developed for virtual e-signing of Online Disputes Resolution (ODR) agreements between parties hoping to resolve disputes, for the e-signing ceremony of this important MoU between HKSARG and HCCH in compliance with the laws of Hong Kong and with a more “human touch” yet without the need to travel in person during the COVID-19 pandemic. The merging of Law + Tech disciplines to solve problems and capacity building through secondment opportunities arising from this MoU are very exciting and fits nicely with eBRAM’s vision and mission. Collaborate more and together we shall ride out of this COVID-19 pandemic.”
eBRAM’s advance electronic signing technology enables multiple parties in different locations to sign simultaneously on a same electronic document through its secured and proprietary online platform. The signing process and signed document can be tracked and traced easily via the eBRAM platform. All data are stored in a private cloud server in Hong Kong under the protection of Hong Kong laws.
Cost-effective, time-saving and easy to use, eBRAM’s electronic signing services is here to help business and individuals make deals and conduct on online business trading, negotiations, and online dispute resolution.
eBRAM is honoured to be part of this important milestone and to serve the community in nurturing legal talents through continuous provision of training opportunities. Hong Kong is a leading LawTech and Online Dispute Resolution hub in Asia Pacific.
MoU signed with leading related organizations for collaboration in Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and LawTech services
3 December 2020
eBRAM has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with six leading related organizations and mediation and arbitration providers, including Asian Academy of International Law, China Maritime Arbitration Commission, Consumer Council, Hainan International Arbitration Court, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and Joint Mediation Helpline Office, at its first MoU signing ceremony held on 3 December 2020, at the French Mission Building, for closer collaboration in Online Dispute Resolution and LawTech services.
Chairman of eBRAM, Dr Thomas ST So, JP, delivered opening remarks, followed by a welcome speech from The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, the Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR Government.
|Dr Thomas ST So, JP||The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, the Secretary for Justice|
Dr So reported that eBRAM is the first centre in Hong Kong dedicated to the provision of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) and related LawTech services. With the support of the Department of Justice of the HKSAR, eBRAM has established a secure and user-friendly ODR platform with advance technologies in Hong Kong. He also highlighted that the eBRAM platform is an open platform and welcome collaborating organizations to explore using our platform to provide e-arbitration and e-mediation services to help parties in dispute.
Dr So also shared that eBRAM and Consumer Council have already been working together smoothly on dispute cases through the eBRAM platform under the COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution Scheme.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by The Hon. Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP, and started with Dr Anthony Neoh, QC, SC, JP, Chairman of Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), followed by Dr Wang Wen Ying, Secretary General of the China Maritime Arbitration Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Centre (CMAC); Mr Eddy Tong, Deputy Chief Executive of the Consumer Council; Mr Alex Fan, President of the Hainan International Arbitration Court (HIAC); Mr Samuel Wong, Chairman of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), and Ms Sylvia Siu JP, Chairperson of the Joint Mediation Helpline Office (JMHO).
(From Left) Dr Thomas ST So, JP, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP and Dr Anthony Neoh, QC, SC, JP from AAIL
(From Left) Dr Thomas ST So, JP, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP and Dr. Wang Wen Ying from CMAC
(From Left) Dr Thomas ST So, JP, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP and Mr Eddy Tong from Consumer Council
(From Left) Dr Thomas ST So, JP, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP and Mr Alex Fan from HIAC
(From Left) Dr Thomas ST So, JP, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP and Mr Samuel Wong from HKIArb
(From Left) Dr Thomas ST So, JP, The Honourable Ms Teresa Cheng GBS, SC, JP and Ms Sylvia Siu JP from JMHO
eBRAM and Hainan International Arbitration Court signed Memorandum of Understanding
20 November 2020
eBRAM is pleased to announce that Mr Alex Fan, Chairman of Hainan International Arbitration Court, and eBRAM’s CEO Mr. Daniel Lam, SBS, JP, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 20 November 2020.
Mr Alex Fan and Mr Danial Lam, SBS, JP both look forward to strengthening the collaborations between the two organizations, and further developing arbitration in Hong Kong and China in a more convenient and cost-effective way for dispute resolution.
Mr Alex Fan and the delegation from Hainan International Arbitration Court visited eBRAM
Mr. Alex Fan, Chairman of Hainan International Arbitration Court, recently visited eBRAM and met with eBRAM’s CEO Mr. Daniel Lam, SBS, JP and the executive team.During the visit, Mr Alex Fan shared that e-arbitration is the new trend of current arbitration service, in which HIAC has been accumulating profound experience. Mr Fan and Mr Lam had an enjoyable exchange on stablishing a closer collaboration between the HIAC and eBRAM.
The eBRAM team showcased to Mr Fan the eBRAM Online Dispute Resolution platform, and Mr Fan was impressed by the user-friendliness and features of the platform. Mr Fan also tried the eBRAM’s e-signing services and signed an ODR agreement. As illustrated by Mr Lawrence Tam, CTO of eBRAM, users in different places of the world can sign documents online easily via eBRAM’s platform on PC, Mac, iOS and Android mobiles with instant update and logging for track and trace.
How to apply LawTech, e-mediation and e-arbitration on resolving disputes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
Interview of Dr. Thomas So, Chairman of eBRAM, by MetroInfo Radio
22 October 2020
Dr. Thomas So, the Chairman of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited (eBRAM), was invited for an interview with MetroInfo Radio on 22 October 2020 to introduce the latest development of LawTech in Hong Kong. He also gave a detailed introduction on how eBRAM helps the Hong Kong residents and MSMEs, with an extremely low fee, speedily resolving different kinds of COVID-19 related disputes and restores harmony in the society through an Online Dispute Resolution Scheme supported by the Second Round of Anti-epidemic Fund measures by HKSAR government.
Dr. Thomas So started by introducing the background and vision of eBRAM, which is a not-for-profit organization found under Hong Kong law in 2018. The Board of Directors has been formed by broadly representative legal and information technology professionals. He also shared that the launch of eBRAM and online dispute resolution services has timely eased the problem of attending in-person hearing in court litigation and traditional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process. eBRAM has provided the disputing parties with a convenient, highly confidential and secure AI online dispute resolution platform. He also suggested that the eBRAM online dispute resolution platform is very suitable for resolving the business disputes along the Belt and Road countries and regions, which also helps enhance the role and status of Hong Kong as the legal service centre in the initiative.Smooth implementation of the COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution Scheme
Dr. Thomas So also introduced the important launch of eBRAM’s COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution Scheme in this June. Under the Scheme, if either party of COVID-19 related dispute is a Hong Kong resident or company and the claim amount is capped HK$ 500,000, any of the eligible parties may refer a dispute to the eBRAM’s online dispute resolution platform for resolution. Thanks to the support from the Department of Justice of the HKSAR government, the applicable case registration fee per party of HK$200 only. The Scheme includes an inviting and effective 3-step dispute resolution procedure of (i) e-negotiation, (ii) e-mediation and (iii) e-arbitration, which aims to resolve the dispute within a time frame of 6 weeks. Dr. Thomas So encouraged parties who have been involved in COVID-19 related disputes or would like to require further information about the Scheme to contact eBRAM or visit our website www.ebram.org.Using AI Translation system
Dr. Thomas So also mentioned that parties to cross-border trading disputes always need to translate documents between different languages. eBRAM has been focusing on the development and application of AI translation system with high accuracy, this would further lower the cost in resolving the cross-border disputes and expedite the procedures.Support international online conferences and arbitration moots
Many large-scale academic conferences and competitions have been suspended and held virtually due to the pandemic. As requested by different international institutions and academic groups, eBRAM has used its advanced video conferencing technology to support these events and they all went smoothly and successfully.
It was a joyful and amusing 30-minute interview with the moderator.
eBRAM attended HKTDC’s 2020 China International Fair Virtual Forum
“Belt and Road New Opportunities and New Norms: Offline Disputes, Online Resolution"
7 Sept 2020
eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited (eBRAM) was invited to attend an virtual forum titled 「內地-香港服務貿易論壇2020 : 一帶一路新機遇、新業態：線下爭議－網上解決 (2020 China International Fair - Belt and Road Initiative New Opportunities and New Norms: Offline Disputes, Online Resolution) .
The forum was conducted in Mandarin and moderated by Dr. DING Kwok Wing, James, Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office, HKSAR. Dr Thomas So, Chairman of eBRAM, delivered a keynote speech introducing eBRAM's online dispute resolution platform to more than 100 executives, inhouse counsel and lawyers from Mainland China.
Dr. So stressed that with online arbitration has become a ‘New Norm’, its utmost importance to develop a secure and user-friendly online dispute resolution platform in Hong Kong. Online dispute resolution platform leveraging technologies with prioritized security assurance fosters Hong Kong‘s distinctive status as the legal hub supporting ‘Belt-and-Road Initiative’ and ‘Greater Bay Area’ development. eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre Limited (eBRAM) is the first and currently the only institution in Hong Kong that has the capacity to develop technologies locally dedicated to online deal-making and dispute resolution platform, including video-conferencing technology for online mediation meeting and arbitration hearing. All information submitted to the platform is stored in a secured and private cloud in Hong Kong managed by eBRAM and protected by Hong Kong law.
Dr. So further introduced eBRAM's newly launched COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Scheme as commissioned by the Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In Jun 2020, eBRAM successfully developed an exclusive online platform for handling disputes arising out of or in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic globally and locally. It is especially designed for supporting those micros, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) that are adversely affected or impacted hard by the pandemic. eBRAM have completed the training for arbitrators and mediators, and will start accepting COVID-19 related dispute cases in late September 2020.
During the Q&A session of the forum, Dr So emphasised that eBRAM is the catalyst expediting the development of Hong Kong’s online dispute resolution services. As such, eBRAM will bring more practice opportunities for young arbitrators, mediators, lawyers, and IT practitioners, and reinforce Hong Kong’s longstanding status as a dispute resolution hub in the Asia-Pacific region.
Other speakers at the forum included representatives of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), CIETAC (Hong Kong Centre) and two Hong Kong dispute resolution lawyers. The forum also covered other topics such as intellectual property disputes, enforcement of arbitration award and interim measures, which are well received by the audience.
Commissioner of Inclusive Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Office visits eBRAM
20 August 2020
Secretary for Justice signs MoU with Chairman of eBRAM
18 May 2020
The Secretary for Justice, Ms Teresa Cheng, SC (second right), signed a Memorandum of Understanding today (May 18) with the Chairman of eBRAM International Online Dispute Resolution Centre, Mr Nicholas Chan (second left), on the COVID-19 Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Scheme. The Scheme will engage eBRAM to provide ODR services to the general public and businesses, in particular micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, involved in low value disputes arising from or relating to COVID-19.