Norris Yang is highly regarded in the field, having successfully mediated cases across various jurisdictions. He has particularly strong expertise in commercial and scientific matters.
Mr Yang has been practising international commercial law in Hong Kong and Canada since 1980. He is a founding partner of Yang Chan Jamison LLP, Hong Kong (part of the Deloitte Legal Network) and founder of ADR International Limited (a provider of ADR services). He received mediation training from Canada, the United States (Notre Dame Law School, Pepperdine University (Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution)), Australia and Hong Kong.
His diverse background in science, computing, business and law, coupled with his fluency in English and three Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese), together enable him to flow between different cultures, languages and subject matters.
Mr Yang has significant experience dealing with international commercial disputes in a variety of disciplines as a facilitative, evaluative or transformative mediator.
He was the first Asian accredited by the International Mediation Institute (The Hague, www.imimediation.org) and the first Hong Kong lawyer to be honoured as a distinguished international neutral of the CPR Institute (New York, www.cpradr.org). He is an accredited mediator of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Law Society of Hong Kong (General and Family). He is also an assessor for HKMAAL.
He is presently the chairman of the HKMAAL communications and publicity committee and was a past chairman of the Hong Kong Mediation Council (2003–2006).
Mr Yang teaches mediation for the Chinese University of Hong Kong and independently conducts accredited mediation courses in China, Hong Kong and Macao (training senior government officials, lawyers, accountants and business executives). He is a frequent speaker at universities, conferences and professional associations.