Sally Harpole

Extensive experience in China-related investment, trade, technology and dispute resolution matters. International arbitrator since 1990. 36 years in Asia as counsel and arbitrator.


Has served as arbitrator in over 130 complex international commercial arbitration cases conducted under the UNCITRAL Rules as well as the rules of the following institutions: ICC, AAA, ICDR, CIETAC, CAA, HKIAC, KCAB, KLRCA, SCC, SHIAC and SIAC. Extensive experience with Asia-based commercial, trade and investment transactions, intellectual property licensing, trade secrets, manufacturing, film & entertainment, hotel and shareholder matters.

Work History

Chaired the China practices of multinational law firms in Beijing and Hong Kong for over 20 years. Member, governing council of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Commission of CIETAC and the Executive Committee of the AAA Board of Directors. Co-chair, Arbitration Committee, International Bar Association (IBA) in 2008 and 2009. Founding member, CIETAC International Board of Advisers. Founding member, Arbitral Women.


Specializes in Asia-related complex commercial cases.


Harvard Law School Program for Instruction of Lawyers – Mediation Certificate Straus Institute Advanced Mediation Training Certificate


State of California qualification to practice law (1978) Hong Kong SAR, China qualification to practice law (2001) - currently non-practicing


University of California, Berkeley A.B. (Phi Beta Kappa) University of Washington School of Law, J.D. University of East Asia, Macau, Chinese Law Certificate


General Editor and Special Editor of CCH China Business Law Guide (1993 to 2002). Currently reporter on Mainland China and Hong Kong for the loose-leaf series, ’International Commercial Arbitration in the 21st Century’ (Lexis-Nexis). Published articles and book chapters on direct investment, dispute resolution and other topics in: ICC arbitration journal, the China Business Review, IBA Dispute Resolution International, the Wall Street Journal, The Asian Leading Arbitrators’ Guide to International Arbitration, the Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, Contemporary Asian Arbitration Journal and others.


President, American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (elected by the Chamber members) for two terms in 1985 and 1986. As an Arbitrator, recognized in the following lists: Asia Pacific Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Top Arbitrators in Asia, Top Women in Arbitration & Top 100 Arbitrators Worldwide.


Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) China Arbitration Association (CAA) China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, New York, New York Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) ICDR – American Arbitration Association (AAA), New York, New York Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) Kuala Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration (KLRCA) Shanghai Arbitration Commission Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC) Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)


Fluent in Chinese, Spanish and English. Affiliated Scholar, Center for East Asian Legal Studies, UC Law, San Francisco Website:

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