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About us
Resolve consulting takes a collaborative and locally tailored approach to dispute systems design and resolution. We work closely with partners to design systems that are responsive to community needs and promote active participation in seeking solutions that draw on collective insight.


Dr. Shahla Ali is Principal of Resolve Consulting.  She has 20 years experience in legal advisory, corporate maintenance, trade, financial, IP and cross-border commercial dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation) and systems design. Shahla is an arbitrator with SIAC, HKIAC, THAC, KCAB, ADNDRC, FINRA, SCIA, a conciliator with WTC Macau and a mediator with the HKMC, HKMAAL and the HK Building and Lands Tribunal.  She is qualified to practice law in California.


Shahla has conducted dispute resolution consultancies with USAID, the World Bank/IFC, AIIB, the US District Court and the Norwegian Ministry of                    International Development and has provided collaborative negotiation trainings in countries throughout East Asia, North America and Africa.  She is a member of the global IBA Investor-State Mediation Rules drafting team and a member of the appointments committee of the Hong Kong Financial Dispute Resolution Centre.


Dr. Ali currently works as Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law and Director of the Program in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at the University of Hong Kong where she practices in the area of preventative law, arbitration, grassroots governance, collaborative negotiation and law and development. Shahla is the author of Forming Transnational Dispute Settlement Norms: Soft Law and The Role of UNCITRAL’s Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (Elgar)Court Mediation Reform: Efficiency, Confidence and Perceptions of Justice (Elgar), Governing Disasters: Engaging Local Populations in Humanitarian Relief (Cambridge U. Press) Consumer Financial Dispute Resolution in a Comparative Context (Cambridge U. Press), Resolving Disputes in the Asia Pacific Region (Routledge), and co-author of The UNICTRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration: A Commentary (Cambridge University Press) and International Commercial Arbitration in Asia (Juris) and and writes for law journals in the area of comparative dispute systems design drawing on empirical methods.  Prior to moving to Hong Kong, she was an attorney with Baker & McKenzie, LLP where she focused on international trade, corporate transactions and regulatory compliance. She recieved her BA from Stanford University in International Relations and Chinese Language and her JD and PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley. She speaks English, Chinese and Farsi.



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