China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission Foreign Arbitrators’ Forum
Home About CIEFAC Launch of Forum Panels CFA Forum News and Events Contact the CFA Forum

Creation of the CIETAC Foreign Arbitrators’ Forum

The origins of the Forum derive from a CIETAC Delegation visit to London in May 2009.  A number of “foreign” CIETAC arbitrators were invited to meet the Delegation. The head of the Delegation asked for ideas on spreading the word about CIETAC. Anthony Connerty suggested that a series of seminars might be appropriate.

Connerty discussed the idea a few days later with members of the delegation at a Reception organised for them by The IDR Group® at the Houses of Parliament. Further discussions took place with CIETAC in Beijing in May 2010 at a Conference which the Group staged with CIETAC and the Beijing Lawyers’ Association.

Subsequently, Connerty was asked to organise a “CIETAC Foreign Arbitrators’ Forum” in London.

A CIETAC delegation was visiting London in April 2011: this was seen as an opportunity to “launch” the Forum. Two events were organised during the period of the visit: a Reception at the Guildhall and a Conference dealing with CIETAC arbitration.

Organisation of the Forum

Forum members include UK members of the Foreign Arbitrators section of the CIETAC Panel. UK members of CIETAC’s sister organisation - the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC) – are also members of the Forum.

The Forum is administered by a Committee of three UK CIETAC arbitrators: Sir Anthony Colman (former Judge of the Commercial Court, London), John Tackaberry QC and Anthony Connerty.

The Patron of the Forum is Sir David Brewer. Sir David has a long-standing interest in China. He is a former Lord Mayor of London and is Vice President of the Great Britain – China Centre.