Quiet Triumph – Professor Houzhi Tang and his experience of Sweden

The documentary Quiet Triumph - How arbitration changed the world, features interviews with central players who experienced the ground-breaking developments of arbitration first hand, and whose skills and integrity contributed to making the world a better place. Professor Houzhi Tang is one of them.

Professor Tang is former Vice-Chairman of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and speaks about the much appreciated cooperation with Sweden.

Professor Tang’s areas of expertise include arbitration law, contract law, company law, investment and joint ventures. During Professor Tang's years at the CIETAC, when he saw disputes arise between China and the West, he also saw that they sometimes found it difficult to agree on the seat or place of the arbitration. In this situation, parties often agreed on Stockholm, because of Sweden’s long known reputation of impartiality and neutrality.

In 2003, Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden awarded Professor Tang a first-grade Royal Swedish Order in appreciation of his outstanding achievements in international commercial arbitration. Parts of the ceremony can be seen here, together with Professor Tang’s own words about the award.


The success of international arbitration is generally only understood by the actors working within it and now is the time to make an unknown story known. For many centuries, international arbitration has played an important role in enabling peaceful and constructive relationships among states. By enabling common rules and peaceful dispute resolution, arbitration has been an important building block in the growth of international trade and economic development.

The documentary film QUIET TRIUMPH, directed by Swedish documentary film producer Martin Borgs, tells the story of international arbitration, with events in Sweden in the foreground.

The film will premiere during the SCC Centennial celebrations on 19 January 2017 in Stockholm.

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Martin Borgs, Director of Quiet Triumph

Since his debut 1200 miljarder (1200 Billions), Martin has produced eight documentaries. Among those Overdose—The Next Financial Crisis, an award-winning documentary that has been broadcasted in over 50 countries and attracted more than 3.5 million views on YouTube.

His latest production Någon annan betalar (Somebody Else Pays) broke the Swedish record for crowdfunding of a movie, and instantly became a YouTube-hit. 

Martin serves as a member of the board of the The Swedish Arts Council since 2011.

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