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HKIArb Webinar by Dr. Benny Lo- “Introduction to Sports Arbitration”

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HKIArb Webinar by Dr. Benny Lo- “Introduction to Sports Arbitration”

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About the Webinar

With the increasing popularity and internationalization of sports, there has been a corresponding increase in sports-related disputes. Join us for an informative presentation on the intricacies of the sports arbitration process and the role of institutions in resolving disputes within the realm of sports. This event aims to shed light on the importance of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms in safeguarding the integrity of sports competition and ensuring fair play.

Led by an experienced barrister and Chartered Arbitrator Dr. Benny Lo of Des Voeux Chambers, this engaging presentation will delve into the various aspects of sports arbitration, examining its evolution, significance, and key principles. By understanding the foundational elements of sports arbitration, attendees will gain valuable insights into the resolution of disputes, including contractual disagreements, doping allegations, disciplinary actions, transfer disputes, and more.


  • Introduction: What is sports arbitration?
  • Sports arbitration process and arbitral institutions
  • Notable cases
  • Sports arbitration vs. other (commercial) arbitrations
  • Awards & enforcement of sports arbitration decisions
  • Sports arbitration in China
  • Sports arbitration in Hong Kong
  • Future Development

About the Speaker

Dr. Benny Lo of Des Voeux Chambers focuses on commercial, company, general civil and intellectual property dispute resolution, and acts as counsel and advocate in both court litigation and international arbitration cases. Of particular note is his experience in handling shareholders and insolvency-related disputes, cross-border commercial disputes, intellectual property disputes, and those arising from the medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare industries.

Alongside his role as counsel, Benny has established a practice as an arbitrator. He has been appointed to sit as presiding arbitrator, sole arbitrator, emergency arbitrator or co-arbitrator in over 90 international cases. These include a recent investor-state arbitration under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement where he was appointed as the investor-nominated arbitrator. He is also one of the eight arbitrators appointed to the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) set up under the statutes of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Geneva, to arbitrate disputes in basketball.

Benny has consistently been ranked in the legal directories.  He has been ranked by Legal 500 as a leading barrister in commercial disputes and a leading arbitrator in Asia-Pacific, being described as a “practical, meticulous barrister with excellent analytical skills”, “always on top of the details”, “very accomplished on commercial matters”, “particularly strong on cross-border disputes” and “one of the most experienced and in-demand arbitrators of the younger generation in Hong Kong”.  In 2023, Benny was elected by Who’s Who Legal (Global Arbitration) as a Future Leader.

Besides private practice, Benny is also active in public service.  He has sat as a Deputy District Judge and a Deputy Registrar, High Court from time to time.  He was also a member of the Law Reform Commission Subcommittee on Outcome-Related Fee Structures for Arbitration (ORFSA) and a member of the statutory Advisory Body overlooking the operation of ORFSA in Hong Kong.