SCC road trip in China
During June 10-14, Deputy Secretary General Kristin Campbell-Wilson took part in multiple seminars in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, and Wuhan, Hubei province. All seminars were co-organized with China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Center (CIETAC) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and supported by local organizations and law firms.
Ms Campbell-Wilson was joined on the road trip by Rikard Hermansen-Wikström, partner at Roschier in Stockholm, Ms DAI Wen from Mannheimer Swartling’s Hong Kong office, CIETAC Deputy Secretary General and SCC Board member Dr LI Hu, and Dr CHENG Jian, Deputy Secretary General of China Academy of Arbitration Law.
On 11 June, a conference for the local arbitration community was held in Nanjing addressing innovations in international commercial arbitration. In her opening address, Ms Campbell-Wilson spoke about the close friendship and collaboration between CIETAC and the SCC that dates back several decades and of the importance of events like these in order to learn from each other, of different approaches and help identify the needs of the international business community which in turn help spark ideas for future collaborations and innovations in arbitration. She also explained that the drive for the SCC to be innovative stems from a strong belief in international trade for economic development and in international arbitration as a facilitator of international trade.
On 13 June, the delegation spoke at a conference in Wuhan on the theme of construction disputes related to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Mr Hermansen-Wikström accounted for his experience of cross-border construction disputes through both mediation and arbitration as well as Swedish arbitration in general. Ms DAI Wen spoke of the legal risks encountered by Chinese enterprises in international construction projects and the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in OBOR countries. Additionally, topics such as the role of conciliation or mediation in OBOR dispute resolution and the application of FIDIC contract in international construction works were discussed before the 250 attendees.
In addition to these public events, several smaller seminars on CIETAC and SCC arbitration were held for in-house legal counsel in both Nanjing and Wuhan.
For information on the historical Sweden-China arbitration connection, see https://sccinstitute.com/about-the-scc/news/2015/a-historical-perspective-on-the-china-sweden-arbitration-connection/.
Photographs mainly courtesy of CIETAC.