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Johan Gernandt awarded prize at the CIETAC 60 year anniversary

Swedish lawyer Johan Gernandt has been awarded CIETAC’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his long-term partnership and work with the organization's development. The ceremony was held 28 September, during the China Arbitration Summit in Beijing. The Summit is co-hosted by the CIETAC who celebrates its 60 year anniversary 2016.

Johan Gernandt was for many years the Chairperson at the SCC, which has a long history of collaboration with the CIETAC. Mr. Gernandt is since 1994 member of the panel of arbitrators for CIETAC, and is the only foreign recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Johan Gernandt comments:

I am very grateful for receiving this award. The award ceremony in
Beijing was outstanding, with many Swedes present. I believe it is
very important to develop our good and stable relations with CIETAC.”

Since 2009, Johan Gernandt works as a consultant at the Vinge law firm.

The Chinese vice Premier, as well as Sweden's ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt, attend the ceremony to show their support for the long collaboration between the Swedish and Chinese arbitration organizations.

One of the speakers in the opening session at the Summit was the President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), Mr. Donald Donovan. In his speech, Mr. Donovan addressed among other things how institutions are getting more international and flexible with a wide variety of practices, but how core norms still bind the arbitration system together. He sees in the development of the international arbitration regime the emergence of a genuinely transnational justice system in commercial matters:

The ultimate end of that system is not commerce for its own sake. As
international arbitration lawyers, we should insist on the capacity of fair
and efficient dispute resolution to facilitate and promote productive
economic activity that will, in turn, enhance the social well-being of the
peoples ultimately affected by the process and, in turn yet again,
contribute to international harmony”, Mr. Donovan says.

SCC Chairperson Prof. Kaj Hobér also spoke in a session at the Summit, on the topic Emergency Arbitration -A Lasting Trend? On the 26 September, the SCC and CIETAC held a joint conference focusing on the differences and similarities about arbitration in Sweden and China.

See the presentation from the SCC-CIETAC conference