The China Supreme People’s Court (the SPC) has issued a recent document confirming that awards made in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong are enforceable in the PRC.

Doubts had previously been voiced over whether an ad hoc arbitration award made in Hong Kong, whether or not the arbitration agreement was governed by PRC law, would be recognized and enforceable in the PRC, due to a quirk of PRC law.

The SPC confirmation is welcome news and covers many types of arbitrations conducted in Hong Kong, including arbitrations conducted under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, whether or not the HKIAC is involved.