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Norris H C Yang

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Canada - AB, Canada - BC, Canada - ON, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Province of China, United States Minor Outlying Islands
English, Chinese
Mediation Profile

Executive Director, ADR International Limited (provider of ADR Training and consultancy, ADR Neutrals and Advocacy). 

Senior Consultant, Yang Chan & Jamison (a member of the Deloitte Legal Global Network), Solicitors, Hong Kong

Admitted to practice law in: 

  • Ontario Canada (1980), 
  • England and Wales (1983), 
  • Hong Kong (1984), 
  • Appointed as an Attesting Officer by Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China (1995).

Mediator for complex domestic and international commercial disputes involving different cultures and languages.

Successful cases involving family disputes, governmental departments, NGO’s, trusts, estates, banking, personal injuries, IP, commercial, trade, libel, labour, building management, partnerships, shareholder disputes, accounting and audit-related matters.

Strong scientific (Science Major with university courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, IT) and commercial background which facilitates easier understanding of issues and concerns of clients.

Acted as Mediator using combinations of English, Manadarin / Putonghua, Cantonese and Shanghainese (with all of above languages in one particular case).

The style used is adjusted to the parties' requirements and needs. Combinations of styles (facilitative, transformative, evaluative) are often used and the evaluative style is applied when requested. Applies dynamics and philosophy of dialectics (Western and Eastern) to bridge and resolve differences between parties.

Specializes in resolving commercial disputes that are multi-disciplinary (including IT and scientific issues), multi-jurisdictional, multi-linguistic and / or multi-cultural. Fluent in English and 3 Chinese Dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin / Putonghua, Shanghainese). Some knowledge of French. Resided in 5 cities in North America for 12 years. Travelled to more than 120 cities in 30 countries over all 6 continents.

Related to complexity, number of parties involved, cultural and / or linguistic bridging.

Flexibility to reduce fees for just cause or pro-bono for cases with significant social merit.


Dispute Resolution Experience

Training and Education
  • Accredited 64-hour Family Mediation Course - Law Society of Hong Kong (materials based on Bond University, Australia), 2008
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine School of Law) - 3 day course on Mediating the Complex Case, 2007 
  • Negotiation Workshop (2 day) - Notre Dame Law School, 2004
  • Accredited 40-hour Mediation Course - Notre Dame Law School, 2003
  • Accredited 40-hour Mediation Course - Accord Group, 1999
  • Organizer and Lead Trainer of dozens of 40-hr Mediator Accreditation Training courses to more than 500 professionals. business leaders, and civil servants:
  • Organizer and Trainer of more than a dozen negotiation and mediation courses (over 40-hours and accredited by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre “HKIAC” and the Association of International ) in English and Cantonese;
  • Organizer and Trainer of more than a dozen Negotiation and Mediation Courses (40-hour Course leading to Mediator Accreditation in Macau) to Senior Civil Servants and business leaders for the Legal and Judicial Training Bureau of the the Government of Macau SAR, China
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Lead Trainer and Coach for HKIAC Accredited Mediation Course conducted at the City University Law School (Hong Kong);
  • Trainer and Coach for HKIAC Accredited Mediation Course conducted at the City University Law School (Hong Kong) by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (Pepperdine School of Law);
  • Trainer for Mediation Training Course conducted at the World Trade Centre, Macau by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) to trade and industry leaders in Macau;
  • Produced and authored "Mediator Training Materials" (for 40 hour mediator accreditation training course) used for training hundreds of participants. 

  • Major contributor to ADR Manual and ADR Handbook for the Environmental Transport Works Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong 
  • Trained over 1,000 senior government officers of Hong Kong on ADR
  • Trained over 100 senior government officers on Negotiation and Conflict Management (organized by the Ombudsman’s Office)


  •  Mediator Assessor for Accredited Mediator certification:
  • Conducted practice Mediation Role Plays for the Hong Kong Academy of Law, Hong Kong Law Society, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Coordinated and acted as Mediator for unscripted live Role Play Demonstration in Chinese (3-hours - video recorded for training purposes) to 300 Judges of the City of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China. 
  • Conducted Negotiation Course for Hong Kong Benchmarking Clearing House 
    for senior executives and government officials.
  • Presented numerous seminars on mediation and arbitration to law firms, government departments, SPACE, Chinese University, Baptist University, City University, various Non-Governmental Organizations, Judges from the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Labour Unions, professional associations in Hong Kong
  • Moderator and Local Organizing Committee Member for Global Pound Conference (GPC) Hong Kong, February 2017
  • Acted as Guest Mediator for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Finals of "International ADR Mooting Competition" (organised and sponsored by School of Law City University of Hong Kong, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission ("CIETAC"), Columbia Law School, United Nations UNCITRAL Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific). The Mediation demonstrations were unscripted and videotaped live. They have been used for demonstration and teaching purposes by the various universities participating in the competitions.

    Videos : 20112012; 20132014; 2016

  • Coordinated, directed and acted as Mediator for two unscripted live Role Play Demonstrations for the Hong Kong Academy of Law to over 400 lawyers. The demonstration was videotaped live and has been used for demonstration and teaching purposed.

    Videos : May 2009 ; December 2009

  • “Mediation In Hong Kong” (“Getting the Deal Through”) since 2014
  • Contributor: “Contemporary Issues in International Arbitration and Mediation, The Fordham Papers 2007”, Martinus Nijhoff 2008 – “Mediation in Hong Kong”;
  • Former Editorial Board member of “Asian Dispute Review” magazine.
  • "A case for Mediation-Arbitration", Mediation (Publication of the Hong Kong Mediation Council), p. 11, Issue 14, March 2002

IMI Code of Professional Conduct;
International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, New York ( );
Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited ( );
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre ( );
Law Society of Hong Kong ( )

IMI Professional Conduct Assessment Process
International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, New York ( );
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre ( )
Law Society of Hong Kong ( )

Law Society of Hong Kong
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Allianz Professional Indemnity Policy
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Norris H C
Norris H. C. Yang
+852 2526 8191
+852 9090 3088
+852 2869 0862
Executive Director
ADR International Limited
Level 8, Admiralty Centre Tower II
18 Harcourt Road
Hong Kong