HKIAC is an independent non-profit organization established in 1985 to assist disputing parties to solve disputes by arbitration and by other means of alternate dispute resolution. One of its main objectives is to help Hong Kong become a leading Asian international dispute resolution centre. It has co-operation agreements with 18 international arbitral and ADR bodies around the world, including, among others, the International Court of Arbitration, the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce.
HKIAC has also been named as the domain name dispute resolution provider for the following country code top level domain names (ccTLDs), namely .cn (the Mainland of China), .hk (Hong Kong) and .ph (Philippines). Since April 2005, HKIAC has been appointed Internet Keyword disputes and Wireless Keyword disputes.