CIETAC (2015)—responding to a Request for Arbitration
Produced in partnership with Kevin Hong of Norton Rose Fulbright

The following Arbitration practice note produced in partnership with Kevin Hong of Norton Rose Fulbright provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CIETAC (2015)—responding to a Request for Arbitration
  • How do I respond to a CIETAC Request for Arbitration?
  • When must I file the Defense?
  • How many copies of the Defense do I need to file?
  • Where do I file the Defense?
  • Who serves the Defense on the claimant?
  • What if I want to make a counterclaim?
  • Acceptance of the counterclaim by CIETAC
  • How do I respond to a counterclaim?

CIETAC (2015)—responding to a Request for Arbitration

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Many arbitral organisations have responded to the coronavirus pandemic with practical guidance and/or changes to their usual procedures and ways of working. For information on how this content and relevant arbitration proceedings may be impacted, see Practice Note: Arbitral organisations and coronavirus (COVID-19)—practical impact. For additional information, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and arbitration—overview.

This Practice Note covers arbitration under the CIETAC Arbitration Rules 2015 (CIETAC Rules), which, generally, apply to arbitrations accepted by CIETAC on or after 1 January 2015 (CIETAC, art 84). For guidance on arbitration under the CIETAC Rules 2012, see: CIETAC arbitration—overview.

This Practice Note applies to international or foreign related disputes or disputes related to Hong Kong SAR or Macao SAR or the Taiwan region (CIETAC, art 3). CIETAC has separate provisions for summary arbitration (see Practice Note: CIETAC (2015)—summary procedure) and domestic arbitration; these are not covered in this Practice Note. There are also separate provisions for arbitrations by the CIETAC Hong Kong Arbitration Center (CIETAC, art 73) which are not covered by this Practice Note.

An arbitration under CIETAC Rules is commenced by the claimant filing a Request for Arbitration (the Request)—see Practice Note: CIETAC (2015)—starting an arbitration). CIETAC will accept the Request (assuming all formalities have been complied with) and send it to the respondent.

How do I respond to a CIETAC Request for

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