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Prof. Mark Feldman attends World Arbitration Update 2024 – China Insight, moderating panel

Professor Mark Feldman, the Interim Dean of Peking University School of Transnational Law, participated in the World Arbitration Update 2024 – China Insight conference held in Beijing this May. He moderated a panel focused on investment treaty arbitration involving state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Themed "State-owned Companies as Investors and Claimants in Investment Arbitration," the panel delved into several crucial aspects: the current landscape of SOE participation in investment arbitration, the strategic considerations, advantages, and risks associated with initiating such proceedings, unique characteristics of arbitration cases involving SOEs and their subcontractors in construction, illustrative examples of investment arbitration involving SOEs, and the influence of policies on arbitration and settlement processes involving SOEs.

Wang Lu, who is a Member of the China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre at the UNSW Faculty of Law and previously served as Scholar in Residence at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank Group, presented at the panel. Ian A. Laird, Partner and Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Crowell & Moring; Hew Kian Heong, Head of International Arbitration, Construction & Projects at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP; Vivienne Li, Director at the Secretariat Singapore; Cao Lijun, Equity Partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm in Beijing; and Wang Xuehua, Chief Partner at Beijing Huanzhong & Partners, discussed as panelists.

World Arbitration Update, in collaboration with the Beijing Arbitration Commission (BAC) and the Beijing International Arbitration Center (BIAC), held the World Arbitration Update forum in China for the first time, attracting over 160 in-person attendees and more than 300 online participants, with a global live broadcast audience exceeding 100,000 viewers.

WAU has been providing a platform since 2021 for international arbitration professionals to explore key topics in investment, international commercial arbitration, and public international law.

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