By Huang Tao  King & Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution Group

The fast growth of China’s economy has gotten more and more foreign enterprises to invest in Mainland China. Foreign investors need to establish a local presence Chinese, for example, a representative office, a branch, a subsidiary, or a joint venture so that they can do business in China. As the business ties between China and the rest of the world strengthen, the number of China-related business disputes has been increasing.

Arbitration is one of the most favored international business transaction dispute resolution mechanisms because it is convenient, efficient, and the cross-border enforceability of arbitration awards tends to be higher than court judgments.
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作者:黄滔 金杜律师事务所争议解决

近几十年来,随着中国经济的快速发展,越来越多的外国公司选择在中国大陆(“中国”)投资,投资方式包括设立代表处、分支机构、子公司、合营(合作)企业或者与中国公司建立贸易纽带。中外经济合作加强也使涉及中国因素的争议在近几十年内迅猛增加。

由于其便利、高效的特点以及裁决跨境执行力的日益增强,仲裁已成为涉外合同中最受欢迎的争议解决机制之一。尽管如此,在某些情况下,即使当事人同意将彼此之间的争议提交仲裁,由于对仲裁条款的效力存在争议,最终也只能将争议提交法院解决。另外,考虑到不同的国家及地区的法律对仲裁协议或条款的效力或执行力存在不同要求,已经及将要在中国开展业务或和与中国公司或个人进行商业往来的企业及商人应对此予以特别的关注。

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作者:顾仁芳  金杜律师事务所争议解决组 香港办公室

本文分两部分刊登, 2012年6月5日金杜法律博客(Chinalawinsight)刊登的了本文的第一部分。文章第二部分将继续对《香港的法律制度及解决商业纠纷的民事诉讼程序》进行解读。

八、简易判决

简易判决可作为以全面审讯解决纠纷的另一选择。简易判决是在被告人没有提出抗辩的情况下,法庭可以不经过庭审即向原告人提供实体终局性判决结果[i]。简易判决的程序是为了避免被告人拖延判决进程,并在被告显然缺乏抗辩理由的情况下,避免浪费时间及诉讼成本。

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作者:顾仁芳  金杜律师事务所争议解决组 香港办公室

一、简介

商界纠纷不可避免,找到既迅速又符合经济效益的争议解决方法至关重要。

香港作为亚洲最国际化的城市,是一个充满活力及东西方融合的大都会。香港给世界各地的企业家提供了一个公平竞争的平台,吸引了众多受过良好教育及技术精湛的工作人员;香港占据了无与伦比的地理位置——它是通往中国的门户;香港秉承法治理念,并以政府廉洁而被称道;香港推行低税率并投资兴建了世界一流的基础设施;香港保障信息自由流通及国际化的生活方式[i]

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By Renee Gu  King &  Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution Group

This article continues to discuss The Legal System and Civil Procedure for Commercial Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong. The first part of this article was published on Chinalawinsight on May 2012.

VIIISummary Judgment

As an alternative to resolving a dispute by way of a full trial, it may be an option to apply for a summary judgment. The purpose of the summary judgment is to give judgment before trial to a plaintiff, where the defendant has no defence to the claim[i].
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By Renee Gu  King &  Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution Gourp

IIntroduction

Commercial disputes are inevitable in the commercial world. It is often crucial to find the most cost-effective and expeditious way to resolve the dispute.

Hong Kong is Asia’s most international city with a vibrant and cosmopolitan community where East meets West, the key attributes of which include a level playing field for entrepreneurs of all nationalities; an educated and skilled workforce; an unrivalled location as the gateway to China; the rule of law being upheld and respected by a clean government; low taxes funding world class infrastructure; a free flow of information; and international lifestyle[i].

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By He Wei and Zeng Ying King & Wood’s Dispute Resolution Group

This article continues to discuss Extra-judicial Mediation System and Practice. The first part of this article was published on Chinalawinsight on October 2011.

II. A review of extra-judicial mediation

Compared with mediation during arbitration or litigation, extra-judicial mediation can offer a more amicable way for the solving of disputes and avoid many of the disadvantages of "judicial mediation".

In judicial mediation judges and arbitrators primarily rely on rigid laws and regulations to guide the mediation process whereas the regulations applicable to extra-judicial mediation are more flexible. Article 17 of the Several Provisions provides that "in the mediation of cases, relevant organizations may, without violating the mandatory provisions of laws and administrative regulations, guide the parties to reach settlement agreements by referring to industrial practices, village regulations, community conventions, local good customs and other codes of conduct."

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作者:何薇、曾颖 金杜律师事务所争议解决

本文分两部分刊登, 2011年10月31日金杜法律博客(Chinalawinsight)刊登的了本文的第一部分。文章第二部分将继续对《非司法体系下的调解制度及实践》进行解读。

二、非司法体系下的调解制度评析

非司法体系下的调解相对于诉讼和仲裁中的调解更有利于帮助当事人握手言和、消除纷争,同时也可以克服法院调解和仲裁调解的弊端,体现出自身独特的优势。

首先,在适用法律的问题上,仲裁和法院的调解中,法官和仲裁员作为法律专业人士,仍然多以刚性的法律法规为依据,引导当事人解决纠纷。而在非司法体系下的调解中,适用的规则就更加灵活。最高人民法院《若干意见》第17条规定:“有关组织调解案件时,在不违反法律、行政法规强制性规定的前提下,可以参考行业惯例、村规民约、社区公约和当地善良风俗等行为规范,引导当事人达成调解协议。”

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By He Wei and Zeng Ying King & Wood’s Dispute Resolution Group

Mediation in China can be divided into three categories: mediation supervised by the people’s court, mediation supervised by an arbitral tribunal and mediation without the supervision of a court or arbitral tribunal. The first two categories of mediation share many similarities. Both of them are conducted by particular institutions in accordance with statutory proceedings, and the settlement agreements reached have the same binding force as judicial judgments. These two categories of mediation, because of their "quasi-judicial" nature, are usually collectively referred to as "judicial mediation". Usually such bodies are decision making—and a mediation must give only the parties control over decisions.

Besides judicial mediation there are many other forms of mediation, which also help resolve disputes and lift the heavy caseload of the courts and arbitration institutions. These forms of mediation can be collectively described as "extra-judicial mediation". Extra-judicial mediation, which provides parties with more alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, plays a very important role in today’s fast-growing economy.

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作者:何薇、曾颖 金杜律师事务所争议解决

我国目前的调解制度主要包括法院调解、仲裁调解、以及法院和仲裁调解之外的其他调解。法院调解与仲裁调解有很多共同之处,他们均依托于规范的机构和严格的程序,其调解协议具有充分的法律效力,加之仲裁在一定程度上具有“准司法”的性质,两者往往可以合称为“司法体系下的调解”。与之相对,法院和仲裁程序之外还存在着很多其他形式的调解,有效解决了大量的纠纷,大大减轻了诉讼和仲裁的压力,可以统称为“非司法体系下的调解”。非司法体系下的调解在利益多元化的今天提供了多元化的纠纷解决机制,在社会生活中发挥了非常重要的作用。

非司法体系下的调解制度在我国由来已久,并且在实践中被广泛应用。它既包括在专门调解机构的主持下进行的调解,也包括没有调解机构参与的调解。处理的争议既可以是民事的,商事的,也可以是行政的。非司法体系下的调解包括以下几大特征:第一,自愿性。当事人将自己的争议交由自己选择的第三方处理,而且纠纷的范围和内容均是当事人可以自行处分的。调解员必须始终尊重当事人的意志,不得有任何的勉强和强迫。第二, 独立性。非司法体系下的调解独立存在,不附属于任何其他程序。第三,调解的结果没有强制执行力。第四,调解的结果不影响当事人以其他公力救济的方式寻求争端解决。

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