By hosting the first CIETAC Global Arbitrators Forum on 18 September 2018 in Beijing, CIETAC aims at promoting the cohesion and development of international arbitration and enhancing the communication among arbitrators. CIETAC arbitrators from a variety of industries with different backgrounds will exchange views on the topic issues and developments in domestic and international arbitration.

CIETAC’s Panel of arbitrator includes professionals from over 60 countries. After the renewal of the Panel of Arbitrators in 2017, the nationalities of arbitrators increased by 24 countries, including the increasing of Belt and Road countries from 15 to 28. By enhancing the globalization of the arbitrator’s team, CIETAC takes part in international arbitration with an open mind, provides domestic and foreign parties with first class and internationalized arbitration service to resolve disputes, contributes to the opening up of globalized economic and trade.

Being one of the central events in the 2018 China Arbitration Week, CIETAC Global Arbitrators Forum will invite CIETAC arbitrators from all over the world. The event will address important matters relating to the development of CIETAC and international arbitration, provide a platform for concerns and focuses in the practice of international arbitration among different jurisdictions, including the changes brought by recent technology revolution in the field of arbitration.

We cordially welcome CIETAC arbitrators to join us in this forum and relevant events to discuss commercial dispute resolution and explore further development of arbitration. Please check the official website of China Arbitration Week: http://www.chinaarbitrationweek.org for details.

Please visit the official website:
for event details and registration.

In addition, we warmly welcome you to join the 2018 China Arbitration Summit on September 17th, 2018,official website:http://cietac.chinaarbitrationweek.org/arbitration-summit2018

For other events during the China Arbitration Week ,please visit the official website for more details:http://www.chinaarbitrationweek.org


  • Registration Opens

    July 13th, 2018

  • Hotel Booking Opens

    July 13th, 2018

  • On-line Registration Deadline

    September 10th, 2018

  • Hotel Booking Deadline

    September 8th, 2018

  • The First CIETAC Global Arbitrators Forum Welcome Dinner

    September 17th, 2018

  • The First CIETAC Global Arbitrators Forum

    September 18th, 2018


  • Jingzhou TAO Chair France

    Jingzhou Tao is the Managing Partner at Dechert LLP China practice. He has more than 30 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on China-related matters. He has acted as counsel, chief arbitrator or party-nominated arbitrator in over one hundred international arbitration proceedings. He is a Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration (1999-2018), a Member of the Advisory Committee of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

    Mr. Tao is a frequent speaker among the legal and business world and has also published several books and many articles in English, French and Chinese. He is also an adjunct professor at Peking University Law School, East China University of Political Science and Law, and a specially-invited professor of law for the International Arbitration Program at Tsinghua University School of Law. He frequently contributes to publications such as Caixin and Financial Times.


Members (in alphabetic order of the surname)

  • CAO Xinguang China

    Mr. Cao is a senior partner of Hui Zhong Law Firm and currently practices at its Beijing office.

    Professional experience
    Mr. Cao specializes in the areas of commercial arbitration and litigation. Mr. Cao is an arbitrator with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Committee (CIETAC) and a member of its expert panel, a mediator with CCPIT/CCOIC Mediation Center, and a mediator with US-China Business Mediation Center. He has represented both Chinese and foreign clients in over a hundred arbitrations and litigation commercial cases before Chinese and international arbitral tribunals as well as PRC courts at various levels up to the Supreme People’s Court. As a senior arbitrator approved by CIETAC, Mr. Cao has handled hundreds of arbitration cases over thirty years of practice. In the majority of the cases, he acts as the presiding arbitrator and is highly appraised for his professionalism. A number of cases in which Mr. Cao acts as presiding arbitrator are very influential and have been selected as demonstration cases by CIETAC. Further, Mr. Cao used to be an associate professor of the University of International Business & Economics. He was also a visiting scholar of the Law School, Loyola University from 1990 to 1991. From 1984 to 1985, 1991 to 1993, he studied at the Queen’s University, Canada and obtained his LLM degree.

  • Sumeet KACHWAHA India

    Sumeet Kachwaha is the founding partner of Kachwaha & Partners, having a leading dispute resolution and arbitration practice. He has handled many landmark and high-stake matters and cross-border disputes.

    Sumeet has been appointed sole arbitrator by the High Court of Delhi in several arbitrations. He has also served as amicus curiae to the High Court of Delhi in two matters and has stood in as an expert witness on Indian law in the courts of England and Singapore.

    Mr Kachwaha has been ranked in Band 1 in the arbitration section of Chambers Asia since 2009. He is named as a “leading individual” in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific for dispute resolution. He features in the arbitration, asset recovery, construction, government contracts and procurement titles of Who’s Who Legal.

    Mr Kachwaha currently serves as vice president of the Asia-Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG). He also serves on the six-member advisory board of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) now known as Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC). He served as the chair of the dispute resolution and arbitration section of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) for three years.

    Publications include: “The White Industries Australia Limited: India BIT Award – A Critical Assessment”, Arbitration International, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp 275–293 (2013); “Interim Relief: Comments on the UNCITRAL Amendments and the Indian Perspective”, Yearbook on International Arbitration, Vol III, pp 155–161 (2013); “Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in India”, Asian International Arbitration Journal, Kluwer (2008); “The Indian Arbitration Law: Towards a New Jurisprudence”, International Arbitration Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell (2007); and “Arbitration Law of India – A Critical Analysis”, Asian International Arbitration Journal, Kluwer (2005).

    Mr. Kachwaha had served in the Panel of Arbitrators of AIAC (formerly KLRCA); SIAC; CIETAC; HKIAC; Singapore Institute of Arbitrators; Indian Council of Arbitration and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.

  • Nigel LI Taiwan, China

    Nigel N. T. Li received LL.M. degrees from Harvard in 1983 and National Taiwan University in 1980, after obtaining an LL.B. degree from Soochow University in 1977. In addition to his role as a practicing attorney specializing in dispute resolution and arbitration, media law, human and civil rights, international litigation and constitutional law, he is also an adjunct professor at both the Graduate School of Law of Soochow University and the Department of Political Science of National Taiwan University. He teaches Constitutional Law, Human Rights, ADR and International Arbitration.
    Serving as Chairman of the Arbitration Association of Chinese Taipei from 2007 to 2014, Nigel has made considerable effort in raising the quality of transnational arbitration and has contributed greatly to cross-strait and international exchanges. At the same time, he is also registered as an arbitrator of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
    Over the years, Nigel has dedicated himself to pro bono work. He was President of the Taipei Bar Association and sits on the Board of the Judicial Reform Foundation. His determination to preserve human rights and justice has led to his ardent involvement in numerous cases applying for the Grand Justices' interpretation of the Constitution and his appointment as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Human Rights.

  • David RIVKIN USA

    David W. Rivkin is Co-Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton’s International Dispute Resolution Group and Immediate Past President of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mr. Rivkin is consistently ranked as one of the top international dispute resolution practitioners and international lawyers in the world. He has handled international arbitrations throughout the world and before virtually every major arbitration institution, and he has won some of the largest investment treaty and commercial arbitration awards. Subjects of these arbitrations have included long-term energy and natural resources concessions, investment treaties, joint venture agreements, financial issues, insurance coverage, construction contracts, distribution agreements and intellectual property, among others, and they have involved common law, civil law, and Islamic law systems. He also represents companies in transnational litigation in the US, including the enforcement of arbitral awards and arbitration agreements. He was the first American to serve as IBA President in 25 years. He has authored many articles and frequently spoken about international arbitration and litigation, and in his role as IBA President about such topics as business and human rights, judicial integrity, climate change justice and the important role of lawyers in preserving the rule of law. Mr. Rivkin has served in leadership roles in arbitration institutions on five continents, including formerly the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and he sits on many arbitration panels. In 2012, the American Lawyer’s Am Law Litigation Daily named Mr. Rivkin one of two “Global Lawyers of the Year.” In 2011, the National Law Journal named him one of the country’s “Most Influential Attorneys.”


    Mary Thomson, Chartered Arbitrator, Barrister, Mediator and Adjudicator, Former Solicitor of Pacific Chambers, Hong Kong, 36 Stone Chambers, London & Singapore.

    Mary started her career in London. After qualifying as a barrister, she worked in the transport and insurance industry before returning to private practice and requalifying as a solicitor. She practiced at solicitors’ firms in London and Hong Kong for 25 years and has conducted litigation in the High Courts of England and Hong Kong including to the highest appeal courts. Mary’s extensive experience spans the financial, insurance, transport, energy, commodities, construction, IT and manufacturing sectors. In 2013, Mary joined the Hong Kong Bar and rejoined the English Bar to become self-employed and independent as she was increasingly being appointed as an arbitrator and mediator.

    Mary has been involved in arbitration since her early years in London, conducting ad hoc as well as institution administered arbitrations including LMAA, ICC, Uncitral, HKIAC, SIAC, SCMA, SCMA and CIETAC Rules. She has been appointed arbitrator since 1996, including pursuant to “commercial men” clauses. She is on the panel of arbitrators of CIARB, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, HKIAC, CIETAC, KCAB, KLRCA, CAA, HKMAG, APRAG and SCMA. She regularly sits in arbitrations in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

    Mary regularly judges at Vis East international arbitration moots including at the Finals in 2015.

    Mary has mediated large international commercial disputes in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai.

    Mary is the current Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch), Chair of ARIAS Asia, Member of ICC Commission on Arbitration and member of the Advisory Committee on the promotion of Arbitration, Hong Kong Department of Justice.

  • Philip YANG Hong Kong, China

    Mr. Philip Yang has been a full-time arbitrator for well over 30 years, mainly in international trade, shipping and commercial disputes. He has published/issued over 600 arbitration awards as a sole or co-arbitrator. Mr. Yang is the Honorary Chairman of the HKIAC, the member of the International Advisory Board of CIETAC, the member of the International Advisory Board of Asian International Arbitration Centre, the Committee Member of International Arbitration Committee of KCAB, the member of the General Committee of SCMA, the immediate past Vice-Chairman of the BIMCO Documentary Committee, the Past President of the APRAG, and the past Hong Kong Representative of ICC International Court of Arbitration. He has published many books and a lot of articles on international trade, shipping and arbitration related topics/matters.


The First CIETAC Global Arbitrators Forum

Beijing Hotel  September 17 -18, 2018

(Simultaneous Interpretation of English & Chinese)

HostChina International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

  • September 17, 2018 (MONDAY) 14:00 Registration Welcome Dinner 21:00

  • 14:00-20:00 RegistrationLobby, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center
  • 18:30-21:00 Welcome DinnerThe Banquet Hall, 1st Floor, Building C, Beijing Hotel
  • September 18, 2018 (TUESDAY) 08:30 Registration Closing Session 17:45

  • 08:30-09:30 RegistrationLobby, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center
  • 09:30-10:15 Opening SessionWest Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center Moderator:LI HuDeputy Secretary General of CIETAC, China Welcome Speech:LU PengqiVice Chairman of CCPIT&CIETAC, China Keynote Speech:ZHANG YuejiaoCIETAC Arbitrator, ICSID Arbitrator and
    Former Chair and Judge of WTO Appellate Body, China
    Special Report:WANG ChengjieVice Chairman & Secretary General of CIETAC
  • 10:15-10:30 Coffee Break
  • 10:30-12:00 Plenary Session IWest Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center International Arbitration and the “Belt and Road” Construction: How Will They Contribute to Each Other? Moderator:    SHEN SibaoCIETAC Arbitrator, Chairman of Chinese Research Society of International Economic and Trade Law, China Speakers:    Kaj HOBÉRCIETAC Arbitrator, President of SCC Arbitration Institute, Sweden  Günther HORVATHCIETAC Arbitrator, President of VIAC, Austria  Mohamed S. Abdel WAHABCIETAC Arbitrator, Vice President of ICC International Court of Arbitration, Egypt  Adrian HUGHESCIETAC Arbitrator, Barrister/International Arbitrator, UK  YU JianlongCIETAC Arbitrator, Secretary General of China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC), China  TANG GongyuanCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Junzejun Law Offices, China
  • 12:00-13:30 LunchEast Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center
  • 13:30-15:00 Sub-Session AWest Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center Better Serving the Parties: Efficiency and Flexibility of Arbitral Proceedings Moderator:    Peter THORPCIETAC Arbitrator, International Arbitrator, New Zealand Speakers:    Ing Loong YANGCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Latham & Watkins LLP (Hong Kong Office), Singapore  WANG JieCIETAC Arbitrator, Former Director of International Cases Department of CIETAC, China  Lawrence BOOCIETAC Arbitrator, International Arbitrator, Singapore  Philip YANGCIETAC Arbitrator, International Arbitrator, Hong Kong, China  Marcos LUDWIGCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Veirano Advogados, Brazil  CAO XinguangCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Hui Zhong Law Firm, China
  • 15:00-16:00 Sub-Session BWest Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center Conflicts of Interest and Ethics in Arbitration Moderator:    YE Lu (Ariel YE)CIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of King & Wood Mallesons, China Speakers:    Mary THOMSONCIETAC Arbitrator, Chair of the CIArb East Asia Branch, UK  Nigel LICIETAC Arbitrator, Honorary Chairman of Arbitration Association of Chinese Taipei, Taiwan, China  Winnie TAMCIETAC Arbitrator, Chair of China Practice Development Committee of Hong Kong Bar Association, Hong Kong, China  DONG XiaoCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Anjie Law Firm, China  Jane WILLEMSAssociate Professor of Law at TsingHua University School of Law, France
  • 13:30-16:00 Sub-Session CXiagongfu E, 2nd Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center Civil Law and Common Law Approaches in International Arbitration: Similarities, Differences and Convergence Moderator:  CUI JunCIETAC Arbitrator, Managing Director of Eminent Consultants Limited, China Speakers:  Peter HIRSTPartner of Clyde & Co. LLP, UK  WANG XuehuaCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Beijing Huanzhong & Partners China Role Players for Mock Cross-examination:  Jingzhou TAOCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Dechert LLP (Beijing Office), France  Theng Fong HEECIETAC Arbitrator, Consultant at Eversheds Harry Elias, Singapore  CHEN FayunCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Grandall Law Firm, China  CUI JunCIETAC Arbitrator, Managing Director of Eminent Consultants Limited, China  JIA HuaiyuanPartner of Deheng Law Office, China  ZHAO FangCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Hui Zhong Law Firm, China  ZHANG LibinCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Broad & Bright, China  MENG TingCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Golden Gate, China  Peter HIRSTPartner of Clyde & Co. LLP, UK Commentators:  Jingzhou TAOCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Dechert LLP (Beijing Office), France  Theng Fong HEECIETAC Arbitrator, Consultant at Eversheds Harry Elias, Singapore  CHEN FayunCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Grandall Law Firm, China  WANG XuehuaCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Beijing Huanzhong & Partners China
  • 16:00-16:15 Coffee Break
  • 16:15-17:30 Plenary Session IIWest Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center Conclusions and Suggestions Moderator:Jingzhou TAOCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Dechert LLP (Beijing Office), France  -Conclusions by representatives of the three sub-sessions   -Suggestions for CIETAC’s development by CIETAC arbitrator representatives   Fuldien LICIETAC Arbitrator, Chairman of Arbitration Association of Chinese Taipei,
    Taiwan, China
     FEI JiaCIETAC Arbitrator, Partner of Herbert Smith Freehills (Beijing Office), China
  • 17:30-17:45 Closing SessionWest Hall, Beijing Palace, 1st Floor, Beijing Hotel International Convention Center Moderator:ZHAO JianVice President of CIETAC Court of Arbitration, China Closing Speech:WANG ChengjieVice Chairman & Secretary General of CIETAC

(The program is tentative, subject to proper adjustment.)


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Taxi The fare from the airport to the conference venue is about USD 20-25, or RMB 130-150 Yuan including the highway fee of USD 1 or RMB 5 Yuan/car. Please do ask for a receipt from the driver. Payment should be made in RMB cash. You can use the ATM or Currence Exchange offices at the airport to get change. It is not customary to tip drivers. Please pay strictly according to the meter in the taxi.

Airport Shuttle Bus From 7:20am – 10:00pm, you can take Airport Shuttle Bus Line 13 to get to the Beijing Hotel. Get up at the Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 1/2/3 station, and get off at Wang Fujing, it will cost about 4 USD, or RMB 24 Yuan. Buses depart every 40 minutes or when fully seated.

Airport Express Railway Railway and subway is very convenient in Beijing and there are several lines. The subway ticket costs 29 RMB (25 RMB for the airport line, and 4 RMB for the others). Participants can take airport express railway to stop at Dongzhimen Station and transfer to Line 2 to stop at Jianguomen Station, then transfer to Line 1 to get to Wangfujing Station. Due to the heavy traffic jam during morning and evening rush hours, we strongly recommend you to take Beijing Subway.



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  • Weather

    September is mild and it's the best season in Beijing. The average temperature in September is 20°C The average highest temperature is 26°C and the average lowest temperature is 15°C.

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