SPC Orders Courts to Publish Judgments Online

China’s is a civil law system, and one important consequence is that decisions made by one Chinese court are not binding on other Chinese courts. Nonetheless, precedent can be a strong factor when arguing cases, especially so in a society where courts want to...

Managing New Risks: Time to Revise Arbitration Clauses

This article was first published in Corporate LiveWire on July 26, 2013 For many foreign companies and their Chinese subsidiaries dealing with Chinese counterparts, arbitration is the preferred choice to resolve disputes. Perhaps the single most important reason for...

Demand letters matter in China

While a common practice, many international businesses are skeptical about the use of sending a demand letter (or in China, “lawyer’s letter) to an opposing party after a dispute has occurred. It is often argued that Chinese managers will just ignore such...