About the International Dispute Resolution Academy

The International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA) was established in Hong Kong and incorporated in the UK. It is dedicated to providing a wide range of individuals across the globe with access to educational resources in the areas of international contracts and dispute resolution. The IDRA's mission is to support and complement the goals of its global partners by facilitating the delivery of professional training courses on international arbitration and dispute resolution in China and other emerging markets in Asia and across the globe.

Dr. Michael Hwang SC is the President of the IDRA and Gary Born serves as the Head of the Faculty. Other honorary and founding faculty members include Professor Wang Guiguo, Professor Neil Andrews, Professor Dr. Maxi Scherer, Anthony Houghton SC, Albert Monichino QC, Steven Finizio, Peter R. Day and Ariel Ye.

Dr. Fan Yang is the Director of the Academy. She is supported in her role by a team of experts as Fellows of the Academy, including Andrew Aglionby, Philip Bambagiotti, Louise Barrington, Timothy D. Castle, Helena Chen, Peter Scott Caldwell, David Fong, Sir Bernard Eder, Ben Giaretta, Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, Matthew Hodgson, Brenda Horrigan, Nigel Li, Angela Yao Lin, Jeremy Nicholson QC, Mauricio Gomm Santos and Dr. Rajesh Sharma.

Many more internationally recognised individuals are being invited to join this endeavour and it is anticipated that the team will continue to expand.



The International Dispute Resolution Academy (IDRA) is a transnational professional training and research organisation dedicated to serving diverse learners from across the globe. The academy provides access to intellectual, cultural, and educational resources in the areas of international contracts (including commercial contracts and treaties) and dispute resolution (including commercial and investment arbitration, mediation and other ADR processes, and issues arising out of global compliances and investigations).


Formed in Hong Kong and incorporated in London, the IDRA supports and complements the institutional goals of our global partners and collaborating organisations.

The rapidly changing educational needs of global learners have focused the mission of the IDRA on three critical elements:

  • to develop sustainable infrastructure and relevant inventory of programmes that will serve and support the needs of the diverse target participants of the Academy;
  • to enhance collaborative relationships with the relevant local, regional and global communities to foster educational, social, cultural, and economic development worldwide; and
  • to provide essential services to participants of the Academy and our academic and institutional partners worldwide.

Core Values

  • Professional training and educational excellence
  • Transcultural and transnational emphasis
  • Student and service oriented
  • Lifelong learning
  • Respect diversity
  • Access facilitation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Partnership
  • Sustainability