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CIETAC South China Branch Now Turns Out To Be A New Entity

As a renowned China dispute resolution lawyer, we have been keeping a close eye on the development of disputes between CIETAC Shanghai and Shenzhen branches. Now an update for those who are concerned: Shenzhen branch has declared independence.

South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (also known as the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration; previously known as the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission South China Subcommission, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Shenzhen Subcommission; hereinafter the “SCIA”) was established in 1983 in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. It is an arbitration institution founded to resolve the contract disputes and other property rights disputes amongst individuals, legal entities and other institutions from domestic China and overseas.

SCIA is the nationally first Arbitration Institution established by legislation with its legal person governance model. According to Regulation on the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and Provisions on the Administration of Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (for Trial Implementation), it adopts the advanced international commercial arbitration systems and implements the Council-centered management model with effective check-and-balance in Decision-making, implementation and supervision, to ensure the independence of the arbitration institution and arbitral tribunal.

SCIA is a pioneer exploration of China’s commercial arbitration. It is nationally the first to include arbitrators from foreign jurisdictions on its panel in 1984, as well as the first to render an arbitral award by its arbitral tribunal that got enforced outside Mainland China pursuant to the New York Convention in 1989. More than one-third of the members of the Council are from outside Mainland China. And more than one-third of the arbitrators are also come from China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, Taiwan Region, and 25 foreign countries.

SCIA fully respects party autonomy. It has adopted the international arbitration rules approved by the Council of SCIA, by which parties may agree on the applicable arbitration rules, languages, place of arbitration, hearing place, the formation of the tribunal, rules of evidence, manner of hearing, and applicable laws.

SCIA has always upheld the principles of independence, impartiality and efficiency in resolving domestic disputes, foreign-related disputes, and international disputes. It handles cases involving parties from all over provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities in Mainland China; and also from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and more than 50 countries.

SCIA adapts to the needs of the development of industries. According to the Official Reply of the State Council on the Planning for the Development of the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone, Guangdong-Hong Kong Cooperation Framework Agreement, It enhances the Hong Kong-Guangdong cooperation and keeps making innovation and actively exploring the diversity of Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) that meets the needs of parties from home and abroad. It has established professional dispute resolution systems such as “Chamber of Commerce Mediation + Arbitration”, “Exhibition Mediation + Arbitration” and “Hong Kong Mediation + SCIA Arbitration”, providing parties with diversified dispute resolution services.

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