On 1 May 2012, the Shanghai sub-commission of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) announced that it has split from CIETAC Beijing, declaring itself an independent arbitral institution. Over the Chinese May Day holiday, CIETAC Shanghai also published a separate set of arbitration rules and established its own panel of arbitrators, separate from the panel published by CIETAC Beijing in May 2011. In response, CIETAC Beijing has rejected the Shanghai body’s move, accusing it of violating China’s Arbitration Law and of “seriously affecting parties’ exercise of their arbitration rights”.

Click here to access the announcement by CIETAC Beijing.