Dispute Resolved: Supreme People’s Court of China Seeks to End the Jurisdictional Confusion Arising from the separation of CIETAC
On 15 July 2015, the Supreme People’s Court of China provided clarification on the jurisdictional issues arising from the separation of two sub-commissions from the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). The clarification comes in the form of a reply to requests from the Shanghai, Jiangsu and Guangdong High People’s Courts for instruction on cases involving judicial review of arbitral awards made by CIETAC and the former CIETAC sub-commissions. The reply is binding on all lower courts and took effect from 17 July 2015. By providing a detailed response which seeks to address the numerous different circumstances parties could find themselves in, the Supreme People’s Court has sought to remove any residual confusion and provide stakeholders with much sought after certainty.