Canada-China Symposium On Hot Issues In International Arbitration Held Online

Vancouver time 6:30pm on September 14, 2023, and Beijing time 9:30am on September 15, 2023, Canada-China Symposium on Hot Issues in International Arbitration, sponsored by Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association (VMAA) and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and co-organized by CIETAC North American Arbitration Center, was successfully held online. 

The seminar was moderated by Ms. Catherine H. Liang, Executive Vice-President of the VMAA. JJ Mclntyre, President of VMAA, gave a detailed presentation on “Canada Sanctions and The Public Policy Exception To The Enforcement of Arbitral Awards”. Mr. Liao Fan, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, shared “The Latest Development of AD hoc Arbitration In China”. Ms. Shelley Chapelski, Partner of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, discussed arbitration of anti-corruption related disputes and gave some useful tips and recommendations on “How To Deal With Internal Corruption Investigations In Relation To Arbitrations”. Mr. Cui Qiang, partner of Beijing Finance& Commerce Law Offices, delivered a speech on “Frontier Issues Of The Amendment Of China’s Arbitration Law”.

During the question-and-answer session, the participants exchanged in-depth views on the issues in China-Canada arbitration practice and speakers answered questions raised by the audience.  

Mr. JJ Mclntyre, the president of VMAA and Mr. Wang Chengjie, vice president of CIETAC both expressed their willingness of further cooperation and building closer institutional relationships. Mr. Wang addressed that in 2022, CIETAC received a total of 4,086 new cases, of which Canada ranked ninth in the list of foreign-related cases. He pointed out that CIETAC is committed to promoting exchanges and cooperation in international arbitration and the integration and mutual learning of Eastern and Western legal cultures. Mr. JJ Mclntyre, noted that continuing the communication and exchange of information among the international arbitration community would contribute to the further development of global dispute resolution.