CIETAC—former sub-commissions [Archived]

The following Arbitration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • CIETAC—former sub-commissions [Archived]
  • The background
  • What's the issue?
  • How have the courts dealt with the split?
  • China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone
  • Revised CIETAC arbitration rules

CIETAC—former sub-commissions [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides background to the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)’s relationship with its former sub-commissions.

Due to the uncertainties surrounding CIETAC and its sub-commissions set out below, if parties wish to arbitrate under the CIETAC Arbitration Rules (most recent version in force 1 January 2015), it may be advisable to explicitly state in the arbitration agreement that any disputes are to be referred to CIETAC in Beijing. If it is more convenient for the hearing to take place in either Shanghai or Shenzhen, then parties should indicate this preference for the location of the hearings, not the administering institution, in the agreement. If you have already agreed to arbitration administered by one of the affected CIETAC sub-commissions, it may be prudent to consider amending the arbitration agreement.

The background

CIETAC is a permanent arbitration institution, which administers domestic and international arbitrations. CIETAC has its headquarters in Beijing, and, historically, had sub-commissions in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing, which were known respectively as the CIETAC South China Sub-commission, the Shanghai Sub-commission, the Tianjin International Economic Financial Arbitration Centre (Tianjin Sub-commission) and Southwest Sub-commission.

CIETAC's website explained the relationship between these entities as follows: 'CIETAC and its sub-commissions constitute a single arbitration institution. They adopt the same set of arbitration rules and the same panel of arbitrators. That sub-commissions are branches of

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