Overview of the China International Commercial Courts

By Evelyn Ma

CaptureThis post attempts to consolidate blog posts relating to the recent establishment of the two new international commercial courts in China (CICC) aimed at facilitating resolution of disputes arising from China’s One Belt One Road or Belt and Road Initiative.  The Supreme People’s Court of China’s “Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Regarding the Establishment of the International Commercial Court” took effect on July 1, 2018.  The Provisions set out the scope and operation of the two CICCs: one in Xian, and the other in Shenzhen.  The CICC in Shenzhen will focus on “One Belt” disputes arising from infrastructural developments along the coastline of the maritime routes.  The CICC in Xian will address “One Road” disputes arising from projects on land. The new courts will house mediation, arbitration and litigation under the same roof.  They intend to deal primarily with “international commercial cases” where at least one party is a non-Chinese national or resident, or where the dispute has some minimal contact with a foreign country other than China.[1]

For the legal framework creating the two CICC courts, see here.

For an overview of the jurisdiction of the courts, see here, here and here.

For the development and viability of the courts as an alternative forum for international arbitration, see here and here.

For profiles of the judges, see here.

For observations on the functioning of the Expert Committee, see here.

In addition to 18 model (or “typical”) BRI infrastructure cases, the official website includes selections of summaries of additional “typical” arbitration cases involving a non-Chinese party.  One can also search in the cases module of PKUlaw (ChinaLawInfo) for more comprehensive search results of arbitration cases involving a foreign party. However, most do not come with English translations.

[1] Under Article 3 of the Provisions, an “international commercial case” is one which requires at least one of the following: one or both parties are foreign nationals; one or both parties reside outside of China; or the object of suit or legal facts that create, change or terminate the commercial relationship occur or occurred outside of China.

Schedule of FCIL Events in Philadelphia

Blog Postcards 2015Hello FCIL-SIS!  Are you ready for Philly?  We at the publicity committee certainly are!  We have swag for the exhibit hall ready to go, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of our SIS friends again next week!

As we approach the 2015 AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, we encourage you to keep an eye on the blog and to follow us on Twitter for coverage of FCIL-SIS programming both during and after the conferenceIf you are interested in covering any of the events listed below, please contact blog administrators Susan Gualtier (susan.gualtier@law.lsu.edu) or Loren Turner (lturner@law.ufl.edu).  Finally, remember to send us your original photos from the Philadelphia conference so that we can share them with our readers who were unable to attend!



Saturday, July 18

9:30am – 4:45 pm

Researching the European Union (University of Pennsylvania Law School)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Ribbon-Cutting/Opening Reception. Stop by the FCIL-SIS table!

Sunday, July 19

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

AALL/LexisNexis Call for Papers: Researching International Agreements other than Article II

Treaties (PCC-Room 104A)

FCIL-SIS Jurisdictions Interest Groups Joint Meeting (Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon C)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Cross-Border Disputes: Dissecting the International Investment Arbitration (PCC-Room


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Designers’ Workshop: Subject Guides that Create the Effect You Want (PCC-Room 103BC)

5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

FCIL-SIS Foreign Selectors Interest Group (Marriott-Room 306)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FCIL-SIS Internships and International Exchanges Committee (Marriott-Room 310)

FCIL-SIS Publicity Committee (Marriott-Room 308)

Monday, July 20

7:15 am – 8:30 am

FCIL-SIS Business Meeting and Breakfast (PCC-Room 110AB)

3:15 pm – 4:25 pm

FCIL-SIS Teaching Foreign and International Legal Research Interest Group (PCC-Room


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

FCIL-SIS Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Fundraising Committee (Marriott-

Conference Suite 2)

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

FCIL-SIS Schaffer Grant for Foreign Law Librarians Recipient Presentation (Marriott-Grand

Ballroom Salon D)

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm

International Attendees Joint Reception (AALL/FCIL/IALL) (Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon


Tuesday, July 21

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Mighty MT: Enhancing the Value of Machine Translation Tools for FCIL Reference and

Collection Services (PCC-Room 103BC)

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

LHRB/FCIL-SIS Roman Law Interest Group: Researching the Corpus Juris Civilis (PCC-Room


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

FCIL-SIS Education Committee (Marriott-Grand Ballroom Salon B)

FCIL-SIS Electronic Research Interest Group (PCC-Room 104B)


Global Practice Sources: Arbitration

By Neel Agrawal and Sarah Wolfson

Law librarians and legal professionals frequently consult up-to-date practice materials to understand legal concepts, receive practical guidance, and obtain citations for further research. This series highlights selected practice sources on various foreign and international legal topics. The first topic is international arbitration:


  1. The World Arbitration Reporter. Currently in its second edition, this set provides a general overview of the arbitration laws for over one hundred countries. The National Reports (vols. 1, 1A, 1B) include introductions to the arbitration law in each country, an overview of the current law and practice, arb1and national legislation and cases. This source also covers National Arbitration Institutions (vol. 2), for example, the Indian Council of Arbitration, as well as International Arbitration Institutions (vol. 3), such as the Singapore International Arbitration Center and the ICC International Court of Arbitration.


  1. The ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin. Founded in 1990, this biannual source, accompanied by an annual supplement, contains extracts from awards rendered in ICC cases as well as arb2reports and notes that are useful to ICC arbitration practitioners. For example, the most recent issue (vol. 24(2) of 2013) provides annotations to the new ICC mediation rules. In addition to the award extracts, this issue offers guidance about mediation for businesses, tracks current developments in mediation in English law, and discusses dispute boards in France as well as international construction contract disputes.


  1. International Council for Commercial Arbitration Yearbook. Published by Kluwer Law International with assistance from the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and the Permanent arb3Court of Arbitration, this essential source provides commentary and law on international arbitration. The yearbook lists the national reports that are published in the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, and provides country-by-country details of new and amended arbitration rules, as well as recent developments in arbitration law and practice. In addition to the arbitral awards, the yearbook also presents the extracts of court decisions organized by international convention.


  1. The Swiss International Arbitration Law Reports. arb4Includes decisions made by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court that address international arbitration. Each case has a headnote, case summary, and the full opinion which is provided in both its original published language along with an English translation. It is useful to consult the cumulative index and the tables of abbreviations, cases reported, cases cited, as well as the table of treaties, statutory instruments, arbitration rules, and other private regulations.


  1. Arbitration International Journal. Published quarterly by Kluwer Law International with assistance from the London Court of International Arbitration, this journal is a great source to maintain current arb5awareness on international arbitration issues. The Arbitration International Journal contains articles for practitioners, such as “Navigating EU Law and the Law of International Arbitration” (Bermann, 2012). Additionally, it highlights current national developments and provides conference updates, book reviews, and case notes. There are a variety of journals on international arbitration, such as Asian International Arbitration Journal and The American Review of International Arbitration.