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Introduction of Shanghai International Aviation Court of Arbitration


In June, 2014, Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center) (hereinafter referred as “SHIAC”) established Shanghai International Aviation Court of Arbitration(hereinafter referred as “SIACA”), which is a working platform under SHIAC to offer international aviation arbitration services. On August 28, 2014, International Air Transport Association (IATA), China Air Transport Association (CATA) and SHIAC jointly held the ceremony for signing the Strategic Cooperation Agreement among the three parties at the meeting hall of the Shanghai People's Municipal Government, and celebrated the inauguration of SIACA. Currently, SIACA is the only arbitration court which focuses on aviation-related dispute resolution in the world. This court deals with various types of disputes in aviation industry field, including but not limited to air transportation, aircraft manufacturing, aircraft sales, aircraft financial leasing, aviation insurance, general aviation trusteeship, ground services and air ticket agents.


Developing Comprehensive Aviation Cooperation


In order to support the development of SIACA, with the joint initiation by IATA, CATA and SHIAC, SHIAC established the Experts Committee on Shanghai International Aviation Arbitration (herein after referred as “the Committee”). The Committee is constituted by 23 members who come from home and abroad, which includes representatives from domestic and international well-known airline companies, aircraft manufacturing enterprises, airports, aviation fuel companies and aircraft financial leasing companies. The Committee held its first meeting in August, 2014, during which members discussed on the newest trend of international aviation arbitration practice and the development of international aviation arbitration.

 

Gathering Aviation Expert Resources


Ever since the establishment of SIACA, in order to attract more excellent legal experts, especially aviation legal experts to become arbitrators of SHIAC, SHIAC added 71 domestic and international aviation and legal experts to its Panel of Arbitrators in November, 2014, after which arbitrators who specialized in aviation legal field reached 6% among all arbitrators.

 

Researching in International Aviation Legal Practices


SHIAC always paysmuch attention on making researches on international aviation legal practices. Up till now, SHIAC has hosted many aviation-related symposiums, during which experts and scholars in aviation and shipping field, representatives from aviation-related companies and domestic and international aviation lawyers are invited to participate and share their deep insights on topics such as economic loss evaluation in the event of default in aircraft financial leasing contract, liability division in the event of delay in delivering aircrafts, risk prevention and control of financial leasing companies in corporate aircrafts trusteeship, liability and indemnification in air crash, methods of international aviation commercial dispute resolution, etc.

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