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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Dispute Resolution Options and Risk Mitigation

October 13 At 7:00 am to 8:30 am EDT

7:00pm – 8:30pm China Standard Time (CST) of Wednesday, October 13th.

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), launched in 2013, is China’s central foreign policy with an emphasis on economic diplomacy and global infrastructure development projects. Since its inception, the BRI has been a flexible initiative without a centralized legal framework. This panel will explore the issues around managing the BRI’s legal, regulatory, and political risks, and if there is potential for investment treaty arbitration to also play a significant part in BRI disputes. Among others, our panelists will address the following:

    • How will the BRI impact investment arbitration and the international investment regime?
    • What are the dynamics of investment disputes, negotiations in particular disputes, and arbitrations with China?
    • Will BRI awards be enforceable?
    • Are the disputes that may arise out of BRI investment projects circumscribed to the domestic jurisdiction of the State where the projects are being developed?
    • Are those disputes circumscribed to special courts or adjudication systems in China?
    • Could those disputes still be submitted to investor-State arbitration? and
    • Will the BRI reshape international legal norms and standards?


October 13
7:00 am to 8:30 am EDT


Moderator: Dr. Julien Chaisse – City University of Hong Kong
Presenter: Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa – Carnelutti Law Firm
Panelist: Daniel Alef – Claviger Law Group
Panelist: Dr. Mariel Dimsey – CMS Hong Kong
Panelist: Jeanne Huang – University of Sydney
Panelist: Helena H.C. Chen – Pinsent Masons Beijing