China Maritime Administration Commission (CMAC) held Aviation Dispute Arbitration Center and Aviation Dispute Conciliation Center unveiling ceremony and Aviation Dispute Diversification Settlement Forum in Beijing on December 16. Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) Lu Pengqi, who is also CMAC Deputy Director-General, Secretary of Ministry of Transport Law Department Wei Dong, Deputy Secretary of Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) Department of Policy, Law and Regulation Guo Rengang attended and addressed the ceremony. Secretary-General of CMAC Gu Chao hosted the unveiling ceremony.
More than 150 representatives from the Ministry of Transport, CAAC, State Post Bureau, China Aviation Transport Association, China Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology, as well as major airlines, airports, aviation fuels and food, aircraft manufacturing, aviation insurance, aircraft leasing, colleges and universities as well as law firms were in attendance.
Lu Pengqi noted, after board exchanges with the authorities, business associations, key enterprises, as well as lawyers, experts and scholars, and having been approved by CCPIT, CMAC decided to set up Aviation Dispute Arbitration Center and Aviation Dispute Conciliation Center. Starting with the unveiling ceremony, and relying on the Ministry of Transport, CAAC and other authorities, as well as the support of the commercial & legal community, these two centers will proactively integrate professional resources in the field of aviation law, enrich the team of aviation arbitrators and conciliators, formulate guidelines for the integration of aviation conciliation and arbitration in term of the industry demands and efficient manner and provide professional and efficient disputes settlement services for the aviation industry. Meanwhile, they will proactively participate in and support the researches of aviation law and provide an exchange platform.
Wei Dong said, over the years, CMAC’s businesses have continuously expanded. With high quality and efficiency in case handling, good service, foreign exchanges and cooperation expanded, and public service functions strengthened, CMAC’s influence in arbitration has been highlighted at home and abroad.
“At present, while trying to maintain the traditional business advantages, CMAC will further expand businesses to the aviation field. I believe in the near future, CMAC businesses will expand to other modes of transport which will provide supports for the construction of transport power,” added Wei.
Guo Rengang noted, many civil aviation laws are derived from maritime laws. Therefore, similarities and differences co-exist. In this specialized field, arbitration and conciliation are more suitable as means of settling disputes.
“CMAC carried out many attempts and explorations, giving full play to years of experiences accumulated in the field of arbitration, I believe the expansion towards aviation will provide more professional ways for settling disputes and inject new vitalities into the legal researches in the field of civil aviation of China,” added Guo.
A forum concerning the aviation dispute diversification settlement was held following the unveiling ceremony.
The major topics for discussion include Current Situation and development of Aviation Disputes Diversification Settlement, Discussion on hot issues of Aviation Law and Interpretation of the demonstration terms of airline service contract.
Deputy Secretary-General of CMAC Chen Bo, who is also Vice President of Court of Arbitration, on the theme of “Co-Govern in Sky and Sea, Constructing Transport Power”, introduced experiences of CMAC handling transport logistics disputes, advantages of setting up Arbitration Center and Conciliation Center and measures to promote business in the future.
The forum explores the issues in theory and practice, setting up a platform for discussions and exchanges of aviation law issues between the business community and the legal community, showing the good prospects for the settlement of aviation disputes and sharing the advanced concepts of aviation diversification settlement, which provides a good opportunity improving the influence of China's aviation conciliation and arbitration.