The third "The Belt and Road Initiative" Award Ceremony of Excellent Legal Services was held in Beijing on Dec 12.
The ceremony, sponsored by the Legal Daily, also incorporated the "The Belt and Road Initiative" Legal Services Forum.
The third "The Belt and Road Initiative" Award Ceremony of Excellent Legal Services and "The Belt and Road Initiative" Legal Services Forum are held in Beijing. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]
The winners of six award categories were announced at the ceremony. These categories included excellent legal service cases, the top-10 lawyers, the top-10 in-house legal teams, the top-10 law firms, the figure of the year, and a special award for those enterprises and law firms making outstanding contributions to the overseas battle against COVID-19.
In her address to the ceremony, Yin Xuemei, deputy director of the Bureau of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Justice, said the ministry has been earnestly implementing all the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee regarding the construction of the Belt and Road, and set up a research center to serve the initiative as early as 2015.
Noting the establishment of the Belt and Road International Lawyers' Association last December, she said the ministry is now striving to build a team of high-quality foreign-related lawyers.
Following Yin's speech, Kang Yu, the association's secretary-general, highlighted in his speech that the association has become the world's sixth largest international lawyers' organization.
He said the association will rely on its branches in Xi'an and Guangzhou, both of which were founded this December, to expand its foreign-related legal services to related regions.
In his keynote speech at the ceremony, Huang Jin, professor at the China University of Political Science and Law who was one of the two people who won the figure of the year award, analyzed the latest developments in terms of solutions to disputes over cross-border investment and trade, stressing the important roles of mediation, arbitration, the judicial system and the concept of the rule of law in resolving such disputes.
Zhou Zhiyang, vice-chairman of the China Notary Association and director of the Beijing Chang'an Notary Public Office, said in his speech that the notary industry will maximize its role in enhancing inter-connectivity and mutual trust, and in preventing the occurrence of disputes, in order to create a favorable legal environment for the construction of the Belt and Road.
Guo Zaiyu, a judge at the international commercial tribunal of the Supreme People's Court, stressed in his speech the need to grasp the rules of conflict when addressing international commercial disputes, saying that with more and more issues concerning international law getting involved in foreign-related civil and commercial litigations, the requirement for foreign-related legal talents is also getting higher and higher.
In addition to the speeches, three roundtable sessions were also held at the ceremony, focusing respectively on legal risk prevention for overseas investments, the opportunities and challenges of Belt and Road legal services, and overseas legal compliance for "go-global" enterprises.