From September 15 to 16, 2018 One belt, One road, Overseas Maritime Arbitration Practice Seminar hosted by Maritime Business Committee of All China Lawyers Association, organized by the Wincon Law Firm, was held successfully in Qingdao. As the prelude to the sixth "China Arbitration Week", this seminar brought together about 250 domestic and foreign guests from maritime arbitration, maritime judicial institutions, law institutions, universities, as well as, foreign trade, shipping, logistics, shipbuilding, port and other enterprises. The opening ceremony of the seminar was presided over by Gao Liangchen, Maritime Business Committee of All China Lawyers Association and senior partner of Wincon Law Firm.
Xie Changqing, Deputy Secretary General of China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), said in her speech: under the background of one continuous development of "one belt, one road", "maritime power" and "transportation power", numerous and arbitral cases involving Chinese and foreign parties have emerged. As an "arbitration community", no matter arbitration institutions, arbitrators, lawyers or enterprises, they should strengthen the study and research of international arbitration laws, rules and practices and actively respond to challenges. China Maritime Arbitration is willing to work with arbitration institutions, lawyers and business circles at home and abroad to strengthen exchanges and cooperation, jointly promote the wide application of International Maritime Arbitration and make positive contributions to the stable development of the global maritime economy.
Song Junwen, Vice President of Qingdao Maritime Court, Wang Ning, Vice President of Shandong Lawyers Association and Wang Yaping, President of Qingdao lawyers association also delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.
China Maritime Arbitration Moot Tribunal was displayed by CMAC Shanghai Branch, and Xufei, Deputy Secretary General of CMAC Shanghai Branch, presided over the case of a dispute over the ship repair contract. Huang shungang, Senior Consultant of RICC & CO, serves as the Chief Arbitrator, and the agents of both parties are Zheng Tianwei, partner of Shanghai Rolmax Law Office and Zhouqi, partner of Shanghai Law Offices of Maritime Affairs. The simulation tribunal shows the trial of the arbitration tribunal on the procedural issues such as jurisdiction objection, arbitration language objection, attendance request of the attending personnel, objection to the address of service, and the substantive issues such as whether the contract is established and the lien. Subsequently, Xie Changqing, Deputy Secretary General of CMAC, Zhang Wenguang, Vice Researcher of International Law Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Li Zhengjian, Deputy Secretary General of China Shipbuilding Industry Association, made comments on the procedure and entity of the case.
Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Moot Tribunal was performed by the Hong Kong Arbitration Center of CMAC. Wang Wenying, Secretary General of CMAC Hong Kong Arbitration Center, presided over the arbitration, and Li Lianjun, a partner of Reed Smith Richards Butler, served as the sole arbitrator. The agents of both parties were lawyers of Reed Smith Richards Butler and Wang Jing & Co. respectively. The cause of action of the Moot Tribunal was the dispute over the contract for the international sale of coal fuels. The parties debated whether the preconditions of the emergency arbitrator procedure were achieved, whether it constituted repeated relief with other relief procedures, and whether the emergency arbitrator procedure was in line with the contract. The hearing of the emergency arbitrator procedure was displayed in both Chinese and English. Subsequently, director Wang Jing, Liu Ruiyi, partner of Ince & Co Hong Kong, Tong Dengyong, partner of Dentons (Ningbo) law firm, and Xu Xin, General Manager of the Charterers P&I Club in China, made comments.
Singapore Maritime Arbitration Moot Tribunal and London Maritime Arbitration Moot Tribunal are held by Singapore Maritime Arbitration Institute and London Maritime Arbitrators Association respectively. The two Moot Arbitration focused on the disputes of international goods sales contract and lease dispute of iron ore, reappeared the procedures of witness cross examination and arbitration tribunal investigation, and gave some suggestions on how Chinese parties participate in foreign arbitration. Dujianxing, partner of Rajah & Tann, Ian gaunt, Chairman of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, Clive Aston, Former Chairman of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, Ouyang Zhenyuan, President of the King & Wood Mallesons Institute of legal research, participated in the above two arbitration simulation sessions as arbitrators. Fu Benchao, Vice President of the Fourth Civil Court of the people's Court of Shandong Province, issued comments. After the simulation court was completed, the organizers also held the seminar on the recognition and implementation of overseas arbitration awards in Chinese courts.
This seminar, through four maritime moot arbitrations organized by Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and London, shows the system and operation of maritime arbitration in different legal backgrounds, which will help the arbitration, lawyers and enterprises in China to enrich their experience in international arbitration, deepen mutual reference and integration, and improve the ability to deal with disputes. The participants expressed their enthusiasm to the seminar and expressed their hope to continue the tour as a brand throughout the country.
Wang Jing, Gao Liangchen, Huang shungang, zhengtianwei, lizhengjian, zhangwenguang, lilianjun, tongdengyong, dujianxing and Clive Aston are all arbitrators of CMAC.