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What are the CIETAC sub-commissions called now?

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Published on LexisPSL on 26/03/2015

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What are the CIETAC sub-commissions called now?

The schism between CIETAC and its former and current sub-commissions has caused confusion for those who have provided for CIETAC arbitration in their arbitration agreements—see Practice Note: CIETAC—former sub-commissions [Archived].

This is a glossary of the various names/terms which may be of use:

  1. CIETAC—China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

  2. Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC)—the former CIETAC Shanghai sub-commission that broke away from CIETAC in 2012 and reconstituted as SHIAC, autonomous of CIETAC

  3. Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)—the former CIETAC South China/Shenzen sub-commission that broke away from CIETAC in 2012 and reconstituted as SCIA, autonomous of CIETAC

  4. CIETAC South China Sub-commission—this is also sometimes known as CIETAC Shenzhen. This was the name of the sub-commission that split from CIETAC in 2012 to form SCIA. After the split, CIETAC re-established a sub-commission under this name so, as of today, it is the name of CIETAC's South China (or Shenzhen) sub-commission. That said, recent court decisions have shown that where an arbitration agreement provided for arbitration by this sub-commission prior CIETAC's formation of its new sub-commission, they intended arbitration by the entity that is now SCIA, not the entity that now goes by this name—see news analyses:

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