CCPIT and CEDR open the first UK-China Mediation Centre service
At a ceremony in Beijing today Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice, Chair of CEDR’s International Advisory Council and Secretary General Dong Songgen of CCPIT launched a landmark international mediation centre alliance to help European and Chinese businesses resolve disputes without having to go to court in a foreign jurisdiction.
CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade) and CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) are working together create the UK-China Mediation Centre, located in Beijing and London, for the mediation of Chinese-European disputes. The new centre has received support from the British Chambers of Commerce, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the China Britain Business Council, the British Council, CBI, All China Lawyers Association and top Chinese law firms like King & Co and Junhe plus international law firms Clifford Chance, Baker & McKenzie, Lovells, Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith.
Commenting on the announcement, Lord Woolf of Barnes said, “Whilst the Chinese have a long tradition of informal mediation in business disputes, our colleagues at CCPIT are interested in providing current business mediation as a method of resolving international disputes as part of a civil justice system.“
China is the current hottest focus for the legal community because of its role as the new powerhouse of world trade. The new centre is part of a current trend with the UK Government, the City of London, GLA and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) all opening new trade offices in Beijing.
In 2004 CEDR launched its Asia initiative, focussing initially on China, which has proved to be extremely timely and in-step with the huge amount of business, and law firm investment in the region. CEDR’s Director for its Asia Initiative, Danny McFadden, a fluent Mandarin speaker, said, “Not a week goes by without our hearing of a business or UK law firm, driven by the volume of trade into opening an office in China. CEDR is already involved in helping to resolve a European-Chinese case (£0.5bn) of supply of materials by facilitation mediation.”
Notes to Editors:
The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade/China Chamber of International Commerce (CCPIT/CCOIC) Conciliation Centre is the permanent conciliation institution in China, which independently and impartially resolves disputes arising from international commercial transactions by means of conciliation. CCPIT/CCOIC was established by CCPIT in 1987 and has set up altogether 43 conciliation centres within its sub-Councils.
The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution is the leader in the development of neutral-assisted dispute resolution. It is a non-profit organisation and its mission is to encourage and develop cost effective dispute prevention and dispute resolution in commercial and public sector disputes and in civil litigation. CEDR operates in the UK and internationally and has been instrumental in helping to bring mediation into the heart of business practice and into the judicial system. CEDR Mediator Accreditation is recognised as an international standard.
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