On August 24, 2022, China’s Supreme People’s Court reappointed one current and one former STL professor to the International Commercial Expert Committee (Expert Committee) of the China International Commercial Court (CICC). The CICC Expert Committee is the first ever appointed by the Supreme People’s Court that includes members from outside Mainland China. Members of the Expert Committee may mediate disputes, provide opinions on foreign or international law, and comment on draft judicial interpretations and draft judicial policy documents that the Supreme People’s Court considers. provides advice and China’s new International Commercial Court (CICC).
Distinguished Scholar in Residence Professor Susan Finder and Emeritus Professor Peter Malanczuk joined 21 other CICC experts at a hybrid reappointment ceremony (the official reappointment decision here), Many residing in Beijing attended in person, and all others, including Professors Finder and Malanczuk, attended online. President Zhou Qiang and Vice President Tao Kaiyuan of the Supreme People’s Court spoke at the reappointment ceremony, over which Executive Vice President He Rong presided, as well as senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, National Reform and Development Commission, and China Council for the Advancement of Foreign Trade. The official speeches were followed by speeches by National People’s Congress and China Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference representatives and then Expert Committee members Professor Zhang Yuejiao, Rimsky Yuen SC (former Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region), and Sir William Blair, retired head of the London Commercial Court.
A two-day CICC seminar on cross-border commercial dispute resolution followed the reappointment ceremony. Professor Susan Finder gave an update on trends in civil international judicial assistance and its challenges. Her suggestion that China (mainland) accede to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents was reported in the official press.