Publish time: 2020-12-16
The Opening Ceremony of the Summit was moderated by independent arbitrator Mr. Tao Jingzhou. Firstly, Dr. Chen Fuyong extended a warm welcome to all the participants, and gave thanks to the joint hosting institutions for their support to this cross-border online event in the time of pandemic. He said that ever since its first publication in 2013, the Commercial Dispute Resolution in China: An Annual Review and Preview series have gradually become a key resource of the academics and practitioners around the world to learn about the Chinese commercial law updates and commercial dispute resolution practice, and has won high recognition by experts within the industry. Meanwhile, in the context of pandemic, parties concerned should strengthen exchanges and communication, make full use of the significance of alternative dispute resolution, and improve the certainty and predictability thereof in this unprecedented business environment.
Dr. Chen Fuyong
Mr. Tao Jingzhou
The first session of the Summit was themed Annual Review on Commercial Arbitration, Mediation and Sports Dispute Resolution in China. Prof. Loukas Mistelis of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London acted as the moderator, and Mr. Fei Ning, Managing Partner of Hui Zhong Law Firm, Mr. David Gu, Partner of Tiantong Law Firm, and Mr. Jeffrey Benz, Arbitrator and Mediator of JAMS and 4 New Square, as speakers, Mr. Yang Ing Loong, Partner of Latham & Watkins LLP, and Ms. Laura Abrahamson, Arbitrator and Mediator of JAMS, as commentators. Based on the annual report authored by them respectively, Mr. Fei, Mr. Gu and Mr. Benz presented introductions of new developments of arbitration and mediation in China and legislations on sports dispute resolution in the year of 2019 to the audience, and specifically analyzed typical cases. Mr. Yang provided comments on typical commercial arbitration cases with reference to laws and practice of the Hong Kong SAR. Ms. Abrahmson shared her views on the future growth of international commercial mediation by referring to the latest development of Singapore Convention.
Prof. Loukas Mistelis
Mr. David Gu
Mr. Jeffrey Benz
Ms. Laura Abrahamson
Penal Discussion of the First Session
The second session of the Summit was themed Annual Review on Construction and Energy Dispute Resolution in China, which was moderated by Mr. Eng Paul Karekezi, CEO of GIBB Africa Ltd. Dr. Zhou Xianfeng, Partner of JunHe LLP, and Mr. Chris Qi, Senior Partner and Counsel of Lantai Partners, acted as the speakers, and Mr. Duncan Turner, Member of Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa Managing Committee, and Mr. Alfred Wu, Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Hong Kong, the commentators. Dr. Zhou and Mr. Qi provided interpretations of the changes and typical cases within the construction and energy industries during the past year respectively, and estimated the influences the Covid-19 might bring to dispute resolution. Mr. Wu shared his comment from the perspective of choice of applicable law and its influence on overseas construction dispute resolution, and Mr. Turner discussed the importance of taking relevant dispute prevention measures in energy industry.
Mr. Eng Paul Karekezi
The fourth session was themed Annual Review on IP and International Trade Dispute Resolution in China. Ms. Raffaella Cavandoli, Consultant of AMERELLER Legal Consultants from Cairo, acted as the moderator, Ms. Xing Yuan, Partner of Beijing Huanzhong & Partners, and Ms. Li Fengfeng, Partner of Lifang & Partners, the speakers, and Mr. Bahari Yeow Tien Hong, Partner of Gan Partnership from Malaysia, and Mr. Paul Tan, Partner of Cavenagh Law LLP from Singapore, the commentators. Ms. Xing and Ms. Li introduced the changes of Chinese IP and international trade laws and rules as well as typical cases in 2019. Mr. Hong shared his views on foreign companies’ application for IP protection, and Mr. Tan clarified how to draft arbitration clauses in international trade.
Ms. Li Fengfeng