Journal of International Arbitration

Volume 35 (2018)

Volume 35 (2018) / Issue 3

Jingzhou Tao, Mariana Zhong, 'China’s 2017 Reform of Its Arbitration-Related Court Review Mechanism with a Focus on Improving Chinese Courts’ Prior-Reporting System' (2018) 35 Journal of International Arbitration, Issue 3, pp. 371–378


The Chinese Supreme People’s Court has devoted relentless efforts into reforming China’s arbitration regime, before a formal amendment of the PRC Arbitration Law is put on the National People’s Congress’s legislative agenda. In order to address several outstanding issues including the ‘dual-track review system’ existing in Chinese courts’ review process of domestic and foreign/foreign-related arbitrations, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued several judicial documents including two judicial interpretations in 2017, focusing on regulating and unifying Chinese courts’ review of parties’ applications relating to the validity of arbitration agreements, enforcement and/or set-aside of arbitral awards. This reform further aligns Chinese arbitration with international practices, and sends a strong signal to the international arbitration community about China’s commitment to evolve into an arbitration-friendly environment.

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