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China Arbitration Update: New CIETAC Rules Effective January 1, 2015 (China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission)

The China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) approved a new set of arbitration rules effective on January 1, 2015.  The 2015 CIETAC Rules include a number of important updates and revisions that bring CIETAC arbitration proceedings closer in line with international arbitration practices. The revisions include the following:

  • Establishment of an Arbitration Court to take over case management role from CIETAC’s Secretariat (Article 2)

  • “Notarized service” considered “deemed service” (Article 8)

  • Use of single arbitration under multiple contracts (Article 14)

  • Joinder of third parties (Article 18)

  • Provisions providing for compulsory consolidation of cases (Article 19)

  • Presiding arbitrator’s right to decide on procedural matters alone (Article 35)

  • Summary procedure amount in controversy raised from RMB 2 million ($325,000) to RMB 5 million (US$810,000) (Article 56)

  • Addition of special provisions for Hong Kong arbitration matters including a special fee schedule (Articles 73-80)

  • Arbitrator compensation to allow for deposits for international arbitrators (Article 82)

Copyright © 2021, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.National Law Review, Volume IV, Number 336
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