Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court declares arbitration agreement providing for ICC Rules arbitration seated in China invalid.

By Ing Loong Yang, Oliver Browne, and Isuru Devendra

In a dispute between Hebei Zhongxing Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (HZAM), a Chinese company, and Automotive Gate FZCO (FZCO), a UAE company, the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court declared invalid two related arbitration agreements that provided for arbitration in accordance with the Arbitration Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and to be held “in China”.

By Jonathan Hew

On 5 January 2016, the International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration (ICC) announced two decisions aimed at enhancing the efficiency and transparency of its arbitration proceedings:

1. Court to publish certain details of arbitrators sitting in ICC cases. These details will be posted on the Court’s website and will comprise the names of arbitrators, their nationality, whether they were appointed by the parties of the ICC, and which arbitrator was appointed as the tribunal chairperson.