“Negotiation and Settlement of Disputes---Application and Development” --- one of “The Changjiang Series of Conferences on Negotiation and Settlement of Disputes”
On June 6, 2005, the conference “Negotiation and Settlement of Disputes---Application and Development” --- one of “The Changjiang Series of Conferences on Negotiation and Settlement of Disputes”was held. Among those present were Prof. Zhang Yuejiao, the ex-director of the Department of Legal Clauses of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations and the now Director of the European Bureau of Asian Bank, Prof. David Sandborg from Hongkong City Univerasity, a famous international arbitrator and Supervisor in Chief of the course “settlement of disputes”, Mr. Fei Zongwei, a famous arbitrator and Vice- Chairman of China International Arbitration Committee, and others. The participants investigated into such issues as the future and the present state of affairs with the system of resolution of disputes. The distinguished Mr. Long Yongtu, Secretary in Chief of the Asian Forum of Boao, came and delivered a speech at the invitation, giving the participants an opportunity to share his experience of negotiation in the talks over the acceptance of China into the WTO. During the conference a high-leveled workshop on negotiation skills and settlement of disputes was initiated, which was the first case in China. The workshop was presided by Prof. Randy Lowry from Pepperdine University, a recognized top institution in the United States.