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Bronze medal Reporter Adv Jimna Posted 30 May 2019 Read More News and Blogs
The International Commercial Court

In April 1976, Harvard Law School Professor Frank Sander gave an address at a gathering assembled by U.S. Preeminent Court Chief Justice Warren Burger on what Sander called, "The Multi-Door Courthouse." The focal thought was that the courts of things to come would furnish parties with a menu of contest goals systems, offering prosecution as well as intercession, assertion, and ombudsmen. Since Sander's location, the thought has been skimmed in the U.S. during the 1980s, in Africa in the mid 2000s, and, most as of late, in Latin America, yet it might be in China where the possibility of the multi-entryway town hall discovers its fullest articulation. This Insight gives an outline of the CICC, and evaluates this new setting against the experience of existing universal business courts, for example, the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Courts.

The China International Commercial Court (CICC) is set up by the Supreme People's Court of China (SPC) to settle international commercial cases. CICC's goal is to attempt international commercial cases decently and timely in accordance with the law, shield the lawful rights and interests of the Chinese and outside parties equally, and make a steady, reasonable, transparent, and helpful principle of law international business environment. The First International Commercial Court is placed in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, and the Second International Commercial Court in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. The Fourth Civil Division of SPC is in charge of directing and organizing the two international commercial courts.

As indicated by the Regulations, the core concept of the CICC is a "one-stop shop" for universal commercial contest resolution services, including mediation, arbitration, and litigation that are "organically integrated." The CICC highlights eight judges—all from the PRC—who have been chosen for their experience in dealing with international commercial disputes, their knowledge in clashes of law, and their bilingual Chinese-English capability. A seat, involved at least three or more judges, hears cases. Not at all like most Supreme People's Court choices, CICC judgments may include contradicting opinions. 


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The CICC likewise includes an International Commercial Expert Committee, comprised of twelve Chinese and twenty non-Chinese lawful experts who will further give master information on mediation, arbitration, and case. The CICC only hears commercial questions and not state- financial specialist disputes. All the more explicitly, the Regulations characterize "international commercial disputes" as those whereby: 

  • each party is foreign,
  • the domicile of each party lies outside the PRC,
  • the object of the dispute lies outside the People’s Republic of China, or
  • legal facts creating, changing, or destroying commercial relations in dispute happen outside the PRC.

As an underlying observation, it is very clear that the Supreme People's Court didn’t pursue the approach of the DIFC Courts in making a really special jurisdiction for the CICC. There was no constitutional or legislative change and it appears the Regulations were issued ahead of the Forum on the Belt and Road Legal Cooperation, held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from July 2/3, 2018, in Beijing. Not at all like the DIFC that are a result of constitutional amendments, the jurisdiction of the CICC is still constrained by existing PRC law. Moreover, since the PRC operates on a modified civil law system, the CICC will have less discretion to build up its jurisdiction through its own legal choices. 



Secondly, it is uncertain whether the CICC has exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes falling under the BRI, itself a nebulous classification. Article 2 of the Regulations indicate that parties shall, in accordance with Article 34 of the PRC Civil Procedure Law, concur that, for any business contest esteemed at RMB 300 million or more, the CICC has purview over "first-instance international commercial cases."  This statement of jurisdiction raises a few issues. Initially, it is vague whether parties, going ahead, must determine in their agreements that the CICC has exclusive jurisdiction for deals for the predefined amount or if the CICC will be the default forum for such cases. Second, it is unsure whether parties have the privilege to out from the CICC jurisdiction in their decision of forum clause. This inquiry has suggestions for Hong Kong, Singapore, and Dubai, where global commercial courts and international arbitration centres have been publicizing their dispute resolution services for BRI-related arrangements. Third, a question stays with respect to whether host states can withdraw from the CICC altogether. With respect to these issues, all things considered, the CICC will not radically change existing practices regarding the scene for question goals. The result will probably change depending on the parties included, the Chinese investors' relative bargaining power, and the relationship of the host nation with the PRC. 


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