Kun Fan

Associate Professor

Old Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Room 42
Montreal Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

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Professor Kun Fan


Kun Fan is an Associate Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, where she teaches and researches in the areas of mediation, arbitration and comparative legal studies. In October 2017, she was named a Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Arbitration & Commercial Law. She is also appointed as a member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration Academic Council, and serves in the Executive Committee of International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution, and Co-Chairs the Working Group 1.

Professor Fan has studied and worked in China, Singapore, U.S.A., Switzerland, France, Hong Kong and Canada, and speaks Chinese, English and French. With her training in both the East and the West, in both common law and civil law jurisdictions, she is particularly interested in broad intellectual inquiries across national, disciplinary and professional boundaries. Before joining the McGill's Faculty of Law, she was Assistant Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Yenching Institute.

Professor Fan has conducted several research projects as a principal investigator on various topics related to alternative dispute resolution. She is author of the book Arbitration in China: A Legal and Cultural Analysis (Hart Publishing) and has published extensively on cutting-edge issues in a variety of leading international journals. In recognition of her academic contribution, she received the award of the Best Research Outputs for Arbitration Theory in 2015 by China Arbitration Research Institute, Support for High-impact Scholarship 2013-2014 by the Committee on Focused Innovations Scheme, and Best Thesis in International Studies by the Swiss Network for International Studies Award in 2011.

Apart from academic research, Professor Fan also has extensive experience in ADR practice, and has worked as counsel, expert, secretary for the arbitration tribunal and arbitrator in a number of international arbitrations and domain name disputes, and has overseen over a hundred arbitrations administered by the ICC International Court of Arbitration when she worked as a Deputy Counsel.

Fan Kun is called to the New York Bar, Executive Council Member of the China Academy of Arbitration Law, Domain Names Panelist of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (“HKIAC”) and the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (“ADNDRC”), Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Accredited Mediator of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited, and Arbitrator of Zhuhai Arbitration Commission International Arbitration Court and Nanjing Arbitration Commission.


  • Ph.D., summa cum laude, University of Geneva, Switzerland, 2006-2011
    Supervisors: Prof. Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, University of Geneva and Prof. Lu Song, China Foreign Affairs University
  • D.U. in International Dispute Resolution, University of Paris XII, France, 2008-2009
  • LL.M. in Corporate Law, New York University School of Law, U.S.A., 2005-2006
  • LL.B., China Foreign Affairs University, China, 2000-2004


  • Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2016-
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2009-2016
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard Yenching Institute, U.S.A., 2012-2013
  • Senior Consultant, Arbitration Asia, Hong Kong, 2011-2016
  • Deputy Counsel, Secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration, France, 2008-2009
  • Foreign Legal Advisor, Colin Ng & Partners, Singapore, 2004-2005

Professional Associations

  • Admitted to the New York Bar (2008- )
  • Accredited Mediator, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL)
  • Domain Names Panelist, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center
  • Domain Names Panelist, Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration Academic Council
  • Executive Committee Member of International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution. Co-Chair of the Working Group 1 on Mediators Using Non-Binding Evaluations and Making Settlement Proposals
  • Executive Council Member of the China Academy of Arbitration Law
  • Member of the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member of the Meridian 180: Transforming the Transpacific Dialogue
  • Arbitrator of Zhuhai Arbitration Commission International Arbitration Court
  • Arbitrator of Nanjing Arbitration Commission

Awards and honours

  • Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Scholarships in Arbitration and Commercial Law (2017-2020)
  • The Best Research Outputs for Arbitration Theory in 2015 awarded by China Arbitration Research Institute  
  • Focused Innovations Scheme: Support for High-impact Scholarship 2013-14
    This nomination carried enough justifications and evidence for high impact.
  • 2011 SNIS Award for the Best Thesis in International Studies
    The jury found that your subject was timely, addressed in a very original manner and presented in a well-articulated and appropriate form with a logical flow of arguments. All important SNIS criteria were met; your work is an excellent example of interdisciplinary research and your conclusions and proposals reach out beyond academia to policy makers on various levels.
  • Summa cum laude for Ph.D. thesis
  • Selected to present a paper at the Fourth Annual Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum (IJFF) at Harvard Law School in November 2011.
    “Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School co-hosted the fourth annual Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum (IJFF) in November, bringing 11 of the world’s most innovative junior legal scholars from around the world to present their work.”
  • Selected to present a paper at the 2nd Annual ITA Winter Forum, organized by the Center for American and International Law, in Miami in January 2013.
    “The two most important works in progress] have been selected from 57 submissions through a rigorous review process… Our objective is to integrate the unique insights of practitioners and academics and promote the evolution of international arbitration during a time of global transition.”

Areas of Interest

  • International Dispute Settlement
  • Comparative Legal Studies
  • Global Legal Studies
  • Chinese Law and Society

Research Projects

  • “Chinese Corporations’ Attitudes on International Arbitration”, Principal Investigator, Hong Kong Arbitration Charity Ball, 2015-2016.
  • “Access to Justice: A Theoretical Analysis and Empirical Study on Judicial Mediation in China”, Principal Investigator, The Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme, 2013-2015
  • “Promoting International Commercial Arbitration in Japan and China: Reforms and Prospects”, Principal Investigator, The SUMITOMO Foundation Fiscal 2011 Grant For Japan-related Research Projects, 2013-2014
  • “Harmonization of Law and Divergence of Culture__A Comparative Study of Arbitration in Asia”, Principal Investigator, Harvard-Yenching Institute, 2012-2013
  • “The People’s Mediation with Chinese Characteristics”, National Social Science Key Research Projects, directed by Professor Xu Xin. Participant in sub-project on the Reform of the People’s Mediation System and Legislation, 2010-2012.
  • “Improving the Efficiency of Dispute Resolution: Is the Chinese Concept and Practice of Combining Mediation with Arbitration Exportable to the West?”, RGC Research Grant 2009/2010-Direct Allocation, Principal Investigator, 2010-2011.
  • “International Arbitration in China”, Swiss National Science Foundation, directed by Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, 2006-2007.

Representative Publications


Journal Articles

  • “Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration in East Asia: A Comparative Study of China and Japan”, American University Business Law Review, vol. 5:3, (2016), pp. 448-483. Read on SSRN.
  • "'Glocalization’ of International Arbitration: Rethinking About Tradition-Modernity and East-West Binaries”, University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, Vol. 11, Issue 2 (2016), pp. 244-292. Read on SSRN.
  • “Ethnographic Methods in the Study of Hybrid Processes in Arbitration: the Chinese and Western Perspectives”, European Business Law Review, 2016, pp. 555-585 (with Joanna Jemielniak).
  • “Un Point (De Vue) Actual Sur L’Arbitrage en Chine et À Hong Kong: Toujours un pays, deux systems ”, Revue de l’arbitrage, No. 4, 2014, pp. 1-78 (with Jalal El Ahdab and Ruth Stackpool-Moore).
  • “Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Hong Kong”, Yearbook of Private International Law (2014), vol. 15, pp. 349-363 (with Lu Song).
  • “Arbitration of Investment Disputes in Asia: Policy and Practice”, Asian Development Bank Working Paper, 2014.
  • “An Empirical Study of Arbitrators Acting as Mediators in China”, 15 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 3 (2014), pp. 777-811 .
  • “Glocalisation of Arbitration: Transnational Standards Struggling with Local Norms”, 18 Harvard Negotiation Law Review (2013), pp. 175-219.
  • “International Dispute Resolution Trends in Asia”, 10 Transnational Dispute Management 4 (2013), pp. 1-16.
  • “Hong Kong’s New Arbitration Ordinance”, 29 Journal of International Arbitration 6 (2012), pp. 715-722.
  • “Underlying the Influences on the Effectiveness of Arbitration in China”, Asian Dispute Review (2012), pp. 76-78.
  • “The Risks of Apparent Bias When An Arbitrator Act As a Mediator__Remarks on Hong Kong Court’s Decision in Gao Haiyan ”, Yearbook of Private International Law (2011), vol. 13, pp. 535-556.
  • “Prospects of Foreign Arbitration Institutions Administering Arbitration in China”, 28 Journal of International Arbitration 4 (2011), pp.343-353. Republished in Transnational Dispute Management 5, “Resolving International Business Disputes by ADR in Asia” (2011).
  • Mediation and Civil Justice Reform in Hong Kong”, International Litigation Quarterly, American Bar Association (Winter/Spring Issue, 2010), pp.11-14.
  • “Mediation Tradition and Innovation in China” (in Chinese), 5 Journal of Justice(2010).
  • “Integrating Mediation into Arbitration: Why It Works In China?”, 25 Journal of International Arbitration 4 (2008), pp. 479-492 (with Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler).
    Republished in Chinese in Beijing Arbitration No. 67 (2008), pp. 102-117.
  • “Arbitration in China_Practice, Legal Obstacles, and Reforms” (in English and French ), 19 ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin 2 (2008), pp. 25-40.
  • “Arbitrating in China: The Rules of the Game. Practical Recommendations concerning Arbitration in China”, 26 ASA Bulletin (2008), pp. 35-48 (with Clarisse von Wunschheim).

Book Chapters

  • "Arbitrator’s Contract” in Franco Ferrari, Stefan Kröll and Andrea Bjorklund (eds.) Cambridge Compendium of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • “The New York Convention and Chapter 2 of the Federal Arbitration Act”, in James Berg (ed.) International Aspects of U.S. Litigation, ABA Section of International Law, 2017.
  • “Expansion of Arbitral Subject Matter: New Topics and New Areas of Law”, in Stavros Brekoulakis, Julian D.M. Lew and Loukas Mistelis (ed.), The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration, Wolters Kluwer, 2016, pp. 299-319.
  • “China-related Investment Arbitration”, in Fangda Partners (ed.) Chinese Arbitration, Lexis-Nexus, forthcoming.
  • Country report, “China” in Simon Greenberg, Christopher Kee and Romesh Weeramantry (ed.), International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia-Pacific Perspective (2nd edition), Kluwer, forthcoming (with Clarisse von Wunschheim, Yu Bing, Guan Zhong).
  • “People’s Mediation in the New Era. Creative Adaptations from the Tradition”, in Xu Xin (ed.), Mediation: China and the World (in Chinese), 2013.
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong”, in Carlos Esplugues (ed.) ADR in USA, Asia & Europe Intersentia , 2013 (with Gavin Denton).
  • “Legal Education in China: Where Does the Future Lies? Comments on the Papers on Legal Education in Mainland Schools” (in Chinese), in Tang Dezong and Zhong Qi (ed.), The Cross-Strait Legal Developments, Academia Sinica (2010), vol. 1, pp. 173-177 (with Li Zhengning).

Book Reviews

  • “China and International Commercial Dispute Resolution”, Journal of World Investment and Trade (2017), forthcoming.
  • “Mediation Process and Practice in Hong Kong”, 42 Hong Kong Law Journal2 (2012).


  • “Ethical Issues in Mediation: Can You Leave Your Hat On?” (International Mediation Symposium, organized by the Center for International Legal Studies, 8-11 June 2017, Salzburg). Link.
  • “Investment Arbitration and Human Rights”, McGill Faculty Seminar, McGill University, 5 May 2017, Montreal.  
  • “Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration”, (UNCITRAL Emergence Conference on Harmonising Trade Law to Enable Private Sector Regional Development, co-organized by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific and the Faculty of Law, University of Macau, 30 November 2015, Macao). Link.
  • “Culture, soft law and ethics in international dispute resolution” (International Dispute Resolution: Diversity Towards Convergence?, co-organized by the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, 15-16 October 2015, Krakow). (via video link). Link.
  • “Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration in East Asia” (Third Symposium on Salient Issues in International Commercial Arbitration, organized by Center on International Commercial Arbitration, the American University Washington College of Law, 17 November 2015, Washington, D.C.). Link.
  • “Expansion of Arbitral Subject Matter: New Topics and New Areas of Law” (The Evolution and Future of International Arbitration: The Next 30 Years, organized by School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, 19-21 April 2015, London).
  • “Arbitration as a Bridge of Cross-Cultural Differences — A Cultural Perspective” (Towards a Theory of Arbitration: A Decentering Approach to Globalization, co-hosted by the Faculty of Law, CUHK and Harvard Yenching Institute, 27-28 June 2014, Hong Kong). Link.
  • “Ethnographic Methods in the Study of Hybrid Proceedings in Arbitration”, (Study of Behavior in Extrajudicial Dispute Resolution, at the Law and Society Annual Conference, 31 May 2014, Minneapolis) (with Joanna Jemielniak).
  • “Cultural Dimensions, Psychological Expectations and Behavior Patterns in Arbitration” (The Roles of Psychology in International Arbitration, Brunel University, London, 22-24 May 2013). Link .
  • “Harmonization of Law and Diffusion of Cultures: Glocalization of Arbitration From an East Asian Perspective” (Research Seminar at the CUHK, 2 October 2013, Hong Kong).
  • “China-Related Disputes: Tips for Strategic and Successful Arbitration”, (Roundtable co-organized by Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong, 21 October 2013, Hong Kong)
  • “Harmonization of Law and Diffusion of Cultures: Glocalization of Arbitration From an East Asian Perspective” (Comparative Law in the Globalized World: Transmigration and Innovation, co-hosted by Cornell Law School and Qinghua University Law School, 14-15 June 2013)
  • “The Global and Local in Investment and Arbitration” (New Directions in Global Thought– Harvard Institute of Global Law and Policy at Five, Harvard Law School, 3-4 June 2013). Link.
  • “Harmonization of Law and Diffusion of Cultures: Glocalization of Arbitration from an East Asian Perspective” (Harvard Yenching Lecture Series, co-organized by Harvard Yenching Institute, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard Law School, Cambridge, 6 March 2013). Link.
  • “Harmonization of Law and Divergence of Local Culture: Glocalization of Arbitration From an Asian Perspective” (The Institute for Transnational Arbitration 2nd Annual Winter Forum, Miami, 24-25 January 2013). Link.
  • “Glocalization of Arbitration: A Transnational Institution Struggling with Local Traditions—The Case of Arbitration Transplant in China” (Comparative Legal History: Definitions and Challenges, organized by the European Society of Comparative Legal History, Amsterdam, 9-10 July 2012). Link.
  • “Glocalization of Arbitration: Transnational Standards Struggling with Local Traditions” (International Conference on Law and Society, Organized by the Law and Society Organization, Hawaii, 5-8 June 2012).
  • “Can You Leave Your Hat On? An Empirical Study of Arbitrators Facilitating Settlement in China” (Conference on Empirical Legal Studies organized by Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 4 June 2012).
  • “Changes and Continuities of Traditional Legal Culture in the Modernization of Law—The Case of China Through the Lenses of Dispute Resolution” (Fourth Annual Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum co-organized by Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School, 17-19 November 2011, Harvard Law School, U.S.A.). Link.
  • “Transplantation of Arbitration in China__A Cultural Perspective” (Legal Transplantation: Technicalities, Language and Culture, organized by Clarke Program in East Asian Culture and Law, Cornell University, Chinese Law Programme, HKIAPS, and Universities Service Center for China Studies, CUHK, 7-8 December 2011, Hong Kong).
  • “Development of the Enforcement of Foreign-related and Foreign Awards in China_A Case Study”  (Private International Law in the Context of Globalization: Opportunities and Challenges, organized by China University of Politics and Law, 22-23 October 2011, Beijing, China).
  • “May I Have Tea Here And Dim Sum Elsewhere? __ Enforcement of an Annulled Award In A Different Jurisdiction” (ICDR Tea House Debate on Whether Awards That Have Been Set Aside Should be Enforced Elsewhere, organized by American Arbitration Association, 6 April 2011, Hong Kong).
  • “Re-examination of the People’s Mediation in China” (The Theory and Practice of Mediation in the New Era, organized by Shantou University Law School, 7-10 January 2011, Shantou, China).
  • “Legal Education in Mainland China: Where the Future Lies?” (Cross-Strait Academic Conference on Legal Education, organized by Academia Sinica, 11-12 June 2010, Taipei, Taiwan).
  • “The Continuality of Tradition and the Reshaping of Legal Culture in the Process of Modernization” (Law and Culture, organized by Law and Culture Research Center of Qinghua University, 10-12 December 2010, Shenzhen, China).
  • “Mediation Tradition and Innovation” (International Academic Seminar on Mediation Innovation and Theory in a Transformed Society, organized by South West University Law School and Guan An Bureau of Justice, 29 April – 1 May 2010, Sichuan, China).
  • “Arbitration in China” (International Law in Asia – Past, Present and Future, Inaugural Conference of the Asian Society of International Law, organized by Asian Society of International Law, 7 - 9 April 2007, Singapore).


  • “A Comparison Between the Legal System in Canada and China”, delegations of Chinese prosecutors from provincial and municipal people’s procuratorate of JiangXi, Canada-China Economic and Cultural Centre, McGill University, Montreal, 30 October 2017.
  • “Mediation Basics”, and “Combining Mediation and Arbitration to Resolve Disputes”, Swiss International Law School, LL.M. in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution, video lecture, 2016.
  • “International Arbitration in China”, Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement, Geneva, 23 March 2016.
  • “Recent Trends in the Types of Disputes in International Arbitration”, Hong Kong Law Society, Hong Kong, 5 November 2015.
  • “International Arbitration in China”, Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement, Geneva, 3 February 2014.
  • “Disputes involving China: obstacles and traps to watch out”, Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Summit, organized by Asian Law, Hong Kong, 18 September 2014. Link.
  • "International Dispute Settlement", Southeast University Law School, Nanjing, China, 8 October – 19 October 2013.
  • “Legal System and Legal Education in Hong Kong", Southeast University Law School, Nanjing, China, 16 October 2013.
  • "Arbitration in China: A Legal and Cultural Analysis and Institutional Response”, Book launch co-organized by Shearman & Sterling LLP’s Asia-interest Inclusion Network and the Young Professionals’ Organization of the Chinese European Arbitration Centre, New York, 9 May 2013.
  • "A Comparative Study of Arbitration in East Asia", China Foreign Affairs University Faculty of Law, Beijing, China, 24 June 2013.
  • “Dispute Resolution in China”, Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, USA, 18 April 2013.
  • “Arbitration in China: A Legal and Cultural Analysis”, Book Launch co-organized by Chinese European Arbitration Center, CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati and Hart Publishing, Vienna, 23 March 2013.
  • “Unique Features of Arbitration in China Compared to Transnational Standards” (Young Arbitrators Forum, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, 14 March 2013).
  • “A Case Study of Chinese Law and Society”, Cornell-Sorbonne Summer Institute, Cornell University School of Law and Sorbonne University, Paris, France, 18 July 2012.
  • “Comparative Study of Arbitration in Hong Kong and Mainland”, Santa Clara School of Law Study Abroad Program, Hong Kong University School of Law, Hong Kong, 30 May 2012.
  • “A Behind-the-Scene Look at Arbitration in China”, Arbitration Conference organized by Hong Kong Chartered Instituted of Arbitrators, 19 September 2011, Hong Kong.
  • “Dispute Resolution in China”, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 30 April 2011.
  • “Dispute Settlement”, “Damages and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards”, “Investment Disputes with China”, Asian Development Bank, Bangkok, Thailand, 15-17 February 2011.
  • “Arbitration in China”, Chinese Law Series, Cornell University School of Law, Ithaca, U.S.A., 27 October 2010.
  • “The Arbitral Jurisdiction/non-signatories”, “Defective arbitration clauses”, “Drafting an arbitration agreement”, advanced seminar on international arbitration, International Law Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A., 20-21 October 2010.
  •  “Arbitration in Asia”, Master of International Arbitration, University of Versailles, Faculty of Law, Versailles, France, 30 March 2009.

Domain Name Disputes Decided as a Panelist


Disputed Domain Name(s)


ADNDRC Decision HK-1701010

 renzhongren.com ,

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ADNDRC Decision HK-1600875

figfidelity.com, figfidelity.net, figfidelity.org, figfidelity0.com, figfidelity1.com,figfidelity2.com, figfidelity3.com, figfidelity4.com, figfidelity5.com, figfidelity6.com,figfidelity7.com, figfidelity8.com, and figfidelity9.com

Sole Panelist

CNDRP Decision DCN-1600693


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ADNDRC Decision HK-1600847


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ADNDRC Decision HK-1500819


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ADNDRC Decision HK-1500818


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1500647


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ADNDRC Decision HK-1500811


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1500638


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ADNDRC Decision HK-1500770

nikon.商城, (nikon.xn--czru2d)

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CNDRP Decision DCN-1500623


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1400577


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1300562


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1300556


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ADNDRC Decision HK-1300537



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ADNDRC Decision HK-1300498


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1300530



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CNDRP Decision DCN-1200504


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1100450


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1100445


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HKDRP Decision DHK-1100070


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CNDRP Decision DCN-1200471



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CNDRP Decision DCN‐1200475


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