What the China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement and
Switzerland’s Arbitration Hub can offer to Chinese Companies
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland Hotel
505 Nanjing Road East
Schedule at a glance
Day One: Public Seminar: 12 May 2015
Day Two: Workshops for Practitioners: 13 May 2015
Commerce between China and Switzerland is at an all-time high and is only set to continue its increase, especially in light of the Free Trade Agreement that came into force last year. Switzerland represents a unique opportunity for outbound Chinese investment, not only as its own market but as a gateway to Europe. Its centrally located, stable and reliable economy is linked to the neighbouring European Union through a network of bilateral agreements. Moreover, the Swiss legal system and its longstanding traditions of neutrality and dispute resolution make it the ideal choice as a seat of arbitration for agreements between Chinese and European (or other) parties. The Swiss judicial environment is arbitration-friendly and efficient. Like China, Switzerland has a civil law tradition, making Swiss law particularly well-suited to contracts involving Chinese parties. Switzerland is also home to a number of established and internationally renown arbitration institutions, including the Swiss Chambers’ International Arbitration Institution, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Resolution Panel, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Workshop Objective and methodology
On the occasion of the Swiss-Chinese Dispute Resolution Forum, Swiss arbitration experts will be available for a day to share practical know-how on key aspects of international arbitration proceedings. This will be done through the use of a mock case, using realistic fact patterns to illustrate how arbitration proceedings would be managed under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration, and under the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Rules of Arbitration.