CEAC Chinese European Arbitration Center Chinese European Arbitration Centre

China's Belt and Road Initiative

- Opportunities and Challenges for International Dispute Resolution and Contracting -

The Chinese European Legal Association (CELA) cordially invites you to celebrate CEAC's 10th anniversary with a conference in Hamburg on 13 / 14 September 2018

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International Arbitration Conference

China´s Belt and Road Initiative is bound to have a major economic impact. The conference will analyse to what extent it relates to different common and civil law legal orders and how to build bridges to overcome the diversity of the legal systems, both from a contractual (substantive) perspective with the help of the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts and the CISG and from an arbitration law perspective.

The conference takes place in the year of the dog - a sign for loyalty and mutual trust. It is a good year to celebrate 10 years since CEAC‘s opening and the founding of CELA.

Who should attend?

Lawyers with an interest in China, arbitration practitioners, international lawyers, business community in cross-border business.

The Faculty includes inter alia

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. (mult.) Michael Joachim Bonell, Chairman of the Working Group UNIDROIT Principles, Rome/Munich • Litsan Chong, Counsel THAC, Bangkok • Hew Dundas, Honorary Vice President of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and Chairman of the CEAC Advisory Board, Edinburgh • Jessica Fei, Shanghai • Prof. Dr. Lauro Gama, University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro • Anna Grishenkova, Arbitration Center at the Institute of Modern Arbitration, Moscow • Dr. Li Hu, Vice President of the Arbitration Court of China, Deputy Secretary General CIETAC and Vice Chairman CMAC, Beijing • Christopher Lau, SC, Singapore • Dr. Francesca Mazza, Secretary General DIS, Berlin/Cologne • Colin Ong, Brunei • Prof. Dr. Marian Paschke, University of Hamburg, Hamburg • Prof. (em.) Dr. Ingeborg Schwenzer, Basel • Hiroyuki Tezuka, Co-Chair of the Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Committee of the IPBA, Tokyo • Peter Thorp, Paris • Prof. Anna Veneziano, Acting Secretary-General, UNIDROIT, Rome • Ing Loong Yang, Hong Kong • Prof. Dr. Bruno Zeller, University of Western Australia, Perth


Thursday, 13 September 2018

  • 12.00 – 14.00: Get Together of participating Organisations

    at the University of Hamburg Guesthouse (incl. light lunch), Guesthouse, Rothenbaumchaussee 34, 20148 Hamburg

    In parallel: Young CEAC Get Together and Event

  • 15.00 – 15.30: Official Opening of CEAC’s Anniversary Conference

    at the Seat of CEAC
    Handelskammer Hamburg, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg

  • 15.30 – 17.30: PART I

    The Need to build Bridges between Common and Civil Law: One Belt One Road Initiative
    Progress and Examples, Detecting the Multitude of Affected Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions, Legal Consequences on the Level of Substantive and Arbitration Law

  • 19.00 – 22.00 Ceremonial Act

    at the Hamburg Überseeclub, Neuer Jungfernstieg 19, 20354 Hamburg, with drinks and birthday dinner

Friday, 14 September 2018

  • 09.30 – 11.15: PART II

    Crossing the Bridges between Common and Civil Law: Substantive Legal Rules

    Introduction to the UNIDROIT Principles • Why Practitioners should care about the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts? • Advantages and Disadvantages in light of Differences and Similarities for Common and Civil Law Traditions • Overview of other Topics addressed in the 2010 and 2016 Editions • Discussions

  • 11.15 – 11.45: Coffee Break


  • 11.45 – 13.00: Interaction between the CISG and the UNIDROIT Principles

    Introduction to the CISG as International Treaty Law • The sound Basis of joint Solutions between the CISG and the UNIDROIT Principles • Differences • Underlying Principles • UNIDROIT Principles as a Supplement to the CISG

  • 13.00 – 15.00: Lunch Break


  • 15.00 – 17.30: PART III

    Building Bridges between Common and Civil Law
    Traditions in Arbitration (Panel Discussions)

    2 Panels discussing a Choice of the following Topics: Drafting an Arbitration Clause • Appointment of Arbitrators • Multiple Parties • Place of Arbitration • Language (English, Risks from Use of English as lingua franca in Arbitration) • Proof of Foreign Law • Applicable Law to the Arbitration Clause • Costs, Interaction with ADR, Party Representation (IBA Guidelines 2013) • Use of Soft Law in Arbitration

  • 17.30 – 19.00: Break


  • 19:00 – 23:00: Arbitration Drinks, Interactive Cooking and Dinner

    at the conference hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

Saturday, 15 September 2018

The organisation committee is presently reviewing a possible programme for Saturday, including a guided tour to the Elbphilharmonie, the Airbus Factory Site or a Hamburg Harbour Cruise (at cost).

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Conference Fee

Participating Persons

  • Early Bird Conference Fee until 30 April 2018: 460,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)
    The fee includes the conference, the 10 year birthday reception, coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday, drinks and dinner on Thursday, drinks and cooking/dinner at the Vier Jahreszeiten on Friday.
  • Early Bird without Friday evening until 30 April 2018: 290,- EUR (+19% VAT)
    The fee includes the conference, the 10 years birthday reception, coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday, drinks and dinner on Thursday, without the arbitration drinks, interactive cooking and dinner event at the Vier Jahreszeiten on Friday evening at 19.00.
  • Conference Fee as of 1 May 2018: 560,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)
  • Conference Fee as of 1 May 2018 without Friday Evening: 390,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)
  • Arbitration Drinks, Cooking and Dinner on Friday: 175,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)
    Fee only for participation in the arbitration drinks, cooking and dinner event on Friday evening at 19.00.

Accompanying Persons (may join for meals)

  • Drinks & Dinner Thursday: 100,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)
  • Lunch Friday: 42,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)
  • Drinks & Cooking/Dinner Friday: 170,- EUR (+ 19% VAT)

There will be no refunds for cancellations but substitutions are accepted.

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You can pay the conference fee either via SEPA bank transfer or via PayPal. If you are going to pay by using PayPal, please refer to the account of ceacpay@web.de.


  • Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

    Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, www.hvj.de

    Special rates using the code "CEAC 10 years" including breakfast and taxes can be booked until 30 April 2018:

    Single room: 275,- EUR
    Double room: 295,- EUR

  • Intercity Hotel Hamburg Dammtor - Messe

    St. Petersburger Str. 1, 20355 Hamburg, Germany, www.intercityhotel.com

    Single room until 30 April 2018: 134,- EUR
    Double room until 30 April 2018: 154,- EUR

Rates are per room per night including breakfast and taxes. As of 1 May 2018 a surcharge of 5 EUR applies.
Code for booking: "CEAC 10 years"

Young CEAC

Young CEAC members may apply to the CELA Management Board, in particular Thomas Weimann, Herbert Smith Freehills, Düsseldorf, and Dr. Elke Umbeck, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Hamburg, for a scholarship to attend the conference at thomas.weimann@hsf.com and e.umbeck@heuking.de.

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Organisational Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Eckart Brödermann
    Managing Director CEAC
  • Dr. Christine Heeg-Weimann
    Secretary General CEAC
  • Thomas Weimann
    President CELA
  • Dr. Elke Umbeck
    Vice President CELA
  • Dr. Richard Happ
  • Catrice Gayer
    Young CEAC
  • Jonas Pust
    Young CEAC
  • Dr. York Zieren
    Young CEAC

Supporting Organisations

International Institute for the Unification of Private Law
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
ICC Germany e.V.
UIA - Union Internationale des Avocats
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (DIS) e.V.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
HKIAC Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
SIAC Singapore International Arbitration Centre
THAC International Arbitration Center
Russian Arbitration Center
Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg
Handelskammer Hamburg
Universität Hamburg
Tönissteiner Kreis e.V.
Chinesisch-Deutscher Anwaltverein e.V.
ELArb European-Latinamerican Arbitration Association e.V.
Rechtsstandort Hamburg e.V.
Deutsch-Griechische Juristenvereinigung e.V.
Chinesisch-Deutsche Gesellschaft e.V.
Hamburg Arbitration Circle e.V.
VIAC Vienna International Arbitration Centre
BVMW - Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft, Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V.
Deutsch-Koreanischer Wirtschaftskreis e.V.