AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF MACAO'S ROLE AS AN ARBITRATION SEAT AND VENUE FOR SINO-LUSO COMMERCIAL DISPUTES

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https://doi.org/10.12662/2447-6641oj.v21i36.p181-204.2023

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international commercial arbitration, seat and venue of arbitration, Macao, China, portuguese-speaking countries

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Objective: Over the past decade, arbitration has grown in popularity as a method of resolving commercial disputes worldwide. However, this practice is relatively new in Macao SAR. Recently, official plans were announced to make Macao as a seat of arbitration for commercial disputes between China and Portuguese-speaking countries (Hereinafter PSCs). This article is dedicated to explores the possibility of Macao undertaking and implementing such a role. Accordingly, this article addresses the following issues: What are the strengths and weaknesses of Macao as a seat and eventually as venue for hosting international commercial arbitration between Chinese and PSCs entrepreneurs?

Methodology: A mixed-method approach of legal doctrinal and empirical research was used in this article. We first included a thorough study of the concept of arbitration followed by analysis of various legal journals and legislations, including Macao, China, and PSCs’ arbitration laws. An empirical research was then used to collect data by surveying and interviewing with both lawyers and arbitration practitioners from Macao, China and PSCs.

Results: This article argues that the strength of Macao resides in the similarities between its legal system and that of the China and PSCs and the languages advantage (Chinese and Portuguese both official languages). In spite of this, arbitration is still relatively underutilized in the region, and there is a limited number of arbitrators and legal professionals with bilingual proficiency.

Contributions: This article contributes to the identification of the opportunities and challenges that Macao faces in its potential future development as a seat/venue of arbitration between China and the PSCs.

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Ansoumane Douty Diakite, University of Saint Joseph, Macau

Ansoumane Douty DIAKITE is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau. Since 2009, he has served as a member of the Faculty of Business and Law  From 2020-  Up to now he is the  Head of the Department for Law and Public Policy, University of Saint Joseph (USJ).He obtained a PhD in Government Studies from the University of Saint Joseph. In addition, he earned a Master's Degree in European, International, and Comparative Law from the University of Macau. The subject of his research was International Investment Dispute Settlement through Arbitration.

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2023-02-07

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