The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce has appointed King & Wood Mallesons International Partner Meg Utterback as an Ambassador to its Commission on the Belt and Road Initiative. The Commission will focus on developing the ICC’s existing dispute resolution framework to support disputes arising from projects and investments along the Belt and Road.
The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s enormously ambitious development campaign through which it aims to boost trade and stimulate economic growth across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. China plans to do so by constructing substantial amounts of infrastructure that will connect it with more than 70 countries around the world, focusing on connectivity along the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road. Current statistics show that projects valued at US$ 900 billion are planned or underway.
The ICC is recognized globally as a leading provider of arbitration and mediation services. Its reputation and global presence make the ICC well-positioned to resolve Belt and Road disputes. A key mandate of the Commission will be to help the ICC determine how best to respond to dispute resolution opportunities arising from projects along the Belt and Road.
Meg Utterback is well versed in international arbitration and cross-border construction disputes. Meg represents Chinese and multinational companies in arbitrations administered under the rules of all major international arbitration institutions, as well as in litigations before US courts. Meg come to China in 1985 and began practicing law in the US in 1991. She has been involved in a number of high profile China-related cross border disputes. Her construction and dispute resolution experience helps clients achieve their commercial and strategic goals when undertaking projects in China and globally. In July 2018, Meg will split her time between Shanghai and London to better serve clients investing in and contracting along the Belt and Road.