Arbitration Law of the People's Republic of China
（Adopted at the 8th Session of the Standing Committee of the 8th National People's Congress and Promulgated on August 31， 1994）
颁布日期：19940831 实施日期：19950901 颁布单位：全国人大常委会
Chapter I General Provisions
Article 1 This Law is formulated in order to ensure that economic disputes shall be impartially and promptly arbitrated， to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the relevant parties and to guarantee the healthy development of the socialist market economy.
Article 2 Disputes over contracts and disputes over property rights and interests between citizens， legal persons and other organizations as equal subjects of law may be submitted to arbitration.
Article 3 The following disputes shall not be submitted to arbitration：
1. disputes over marriage， adoption， guardianship， child maintenance and inheritance； and
2. administrative disputes falling within the jurisdiction of the relevant administrative organs according to law.
Article 4 The parties adopting arbitration for dispute settlement shall reach an arbitration agreement on a mutually voluntary basis. An arbitration commission shall not accept an application for arbitration submitted by one of the parties in the absence of an arbitration agreement.
Article 5 A people's court shall not accept an action initiated by one of the parties if the parties have concluded an arbitration agreement， unless the arbitration agreement is invalid.
Article 6 An arbitration commission shall be selected by the parties by agreement.
The jurisdiction by level system and the district jurisdiction system shall not apply in arbitration.
Article 7 Disputes shall be fairly and reasonably settled by arbitration on the basis of facts and in accordance with the relevant provisions of law.
Article 8 Arbitration shall be conducted in accordance with the law， independent of any intervention by administrative organs， social organizations or individuals.
Article 9 The single ruling system shall be applied in arbitration. The arbitration commission shall not accept any application for arbitration， nor shall a people's court accept any action submitted by the party in respect of the same dispute after an arbitration award has already been given in relation to that matter.
If the arbitration award is canceled or its enforcement has been disallowed by a people's court in accordance with the law， the parties may， in accordance with a new arbitration agreement between them in respect of the dispute， re-apply for arbitration or initiate legal proceedings with the people's court.
Chapter II Arbitration Commissions and Arbitration Association
Article 10 Arbitration commissions may be established in the municipalities directly under the Central Government， in the municipalities where the people's governments of provinces and autonomous regions are located or， if necessary， in other cities divided into districts. Arbitration commissions shall not be established at each level of the administrative divisions.
The people's governments of the municipalities and cities specified in the above paragraph shall organize the relevant departments and the Chamber of Commerce for the formation of an arbitration commission.
The establishment of an arbitration commission shall be registered with the judicial administrative department of the relevant province， autonomous region or municipalities directly under the Central Government.
Article 11 An arbitration commission shall fulfil the following conditions：
1. it must have its own name， domicile and Articles of Association；
2. it must possess the necessary property；
3. it must have its own members； and
4. it must have arbitrators for appointment.
The articles of association of the an arbitration commission shall be formulated in accordance with this Law.
Article 12 An arbitration commission shall comprise a chairman， two to four vice-chairmen and seven to eleven members.
The chairman， vice-chairmen and members of an arbitration commission must be persons specialized in law， economic and trade and persons who have actual working experience. The number of specialists in law， economic and trade shall not be less than two-thirds of the members of an arbitration association.
Article 13 The arbitration commission shall appoint fair and honest person as its arbitrators.
Arbitrators must fulfil one of the following conditions：
1. they have been engaged in arbitration work for at least eight years；
2. they have worked as a lawyer for at least eight years；
3. they have been a judge for at least eight years；
4. they are engaged in legal research or legal teaching and in senior positions； and
5. they have legal knowledge and are engaged in professional work relating to economics and trade， and in senior positions or of the equivalent professional level.
The arbitration commission shall establish a list of arbitrators according to different professionals.
Article 14 Arbitration commissions are independent of administrative organs and there are no subordinate relations with any administrative organs nor between the different arbitration commissions.
Article 15 The China Arbitration Association is a social organization with the status of a legal person. Arbitration commissions are members of the China Arbitration Association. The Articles of Association of the China Arbitration Association shall be formulated by the national general meeting of the members.
The China Arbitration Association is an organization in charge of self-regulation of the arbitration commissions. It shall conduct supervision over the conduct （any breach of discipline） of the arbitration commissions and their members and arbitrators in accordance with its articles of association.
The China Arbitration Association shall formulate Arbitration Rules in accordance with this Law and the Civil Procedure Law.
Chapter III Arbitration Agreement
Article 16 An arbitration agreement shall include the arbitration clauses provided in the contract and any other written form of agreement concluded before or after the disputes providing for submission to arbitration.
The following contents shall be included in an arbitration agreement：
1. the expression of the parties' wish to submit to arbitration；
2. the matters to be arbitrated； and
3. the Arbitration Commission selected by the parties.
Article 17 An arbitration agreement shall be invalid under any of the following circumstances：
1. matters agreed upon for arbitration are beyond the scope of arbitration prescribed by law；
2. an arbitration agreement concluded by persons without or with limited capacity for civil acts； and
3. one party forces the other party to sign an arbitration agreement by means of duress.
Article 18 If the arbitration matters or the arbitration commission are not agreed upon by the parties in the arbitration agreement， or， if the relevant provisions are not clear， the parties may supplement the agreement. If the parties fail to agree upon the supplementary agreement， the arbitration agreement shall be invalid.
Article 19 An arbitration agreement shall exist independently. Any changes to， rescission， termination or invalidity of the contract shall not affect the validity of the arbitration agreement.
An arbitration tribunal has the right to rule on the validity of a contract.
Article 20 If the parties object to the validity of the arbitration agreement， they may apply to the arbitration commission for a decision or to a people's court for a ruling. If one of the parties submits to the arbitration commission for a decision， but the other party applies to a people's court for a ruling， the people's court shall give the ruling.
If the parties contest the validity of the arbitration agreement， the objection shall be made before the start of the first hearing of the arbitration tribunal.
Chapter IV Arbitration Procedure
Section 1： Application and Acceptance for Arbitration
Article 21 The parties applying for arbitration shall fulfil the following conditions：
1. they must have an arbitration agreement；
2. they must have a specific claim with facts and argument on which the claim is based； and
3. the arbitration must be within the jurisdiction of the arbitration commission.
Article 22 The party applying for arbitration shall submit to an arbitration commission the arbitration agreement， an application for arbitration and copies thereof.
Article 23 An arbitration application shall state clearly the following：
1. the name， sex， age， occupation， work unit and address of the party， the name address and legal representative of the legal person or other organization and the name and position of its person-in charge；
2. the arbitration claim and the facts and argument on which the claim is based； and
3. evidence and the source of evidence， the name and address of the witness （es）。
Article 24 Within 5 days from the date of receiving the arbitration application， the arbitration commission shall notify the parties that it considers the conditions for acceptance have been fulfilled， and that the application is accepted by it. If the arbitration commission considers that the conditions have not been fulfilled， it shall notify the parties in writing of its rejection， stating its reasons.
Article 25 Upon acceptance of an arbitration application， the arbitration commission shall， within the time limit provided by the Arbitration Rules， serve a copy of the Arbitration Rules and the list of arbitrators on the applicant， and serve a copy of the arbitration application， the Arbitration Rules and the list of arbitrators on the respondent.
Upon receipt of a copy of the arbitration application， the respondent shall， within the time limit prescribed by the Arbitration Rules， submit its defence to the arbitration commission. Upon receipt of the defence， the arbitration commission shall， within the time limit prescribed by the Arbitration Rules， serve a copy of the reply on the applicant. The failure of the respondent to submit a defence shall not affect the proceeding of the arbitration procedures.
Article 26 Where the parties had agreed on an arbitration agreement， but one of the parties initiates an action before a people's court without stating the existence of the arbitration agreement， the people's court shall， unless the arbitration agreement is invalid， reject the action if the other party submits to the court the arbitration agreement before the first hearing of the case. If the other party fails to object to the hearing by the people's court before the first hearing， the arbitration agreement shall be considered to have been waived by the party and the people's court shall proceed with the hearing.
Article 27 The applicant may abandon or alter his arbitration claim. The respondent may accept the arbitration claim or object to it. It has a right to make a counterclaim.
Article 28 A party may apply for property preservation if， as the result of an act of the other party or for some other reasons， it appears that an award may be impossible or difficult to enforce.
If one of the parties applies for property preservation， the arbitration commission shall submit to a people's court the application of the party in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Civil Procedure Law.
If a property preservation order is unfounded， the applicant shall compensate the party against whom the order was made for any losses sustained as a result of the implementation of the property preservation order.
Article 29 The parties and their legal representatives may appoint lawyers or engage agents to handle matters relating to the arbitration. In the event that a lawyer or an agent is appointed to handle the arbitration matters， a letter of authorization shall be submitted to the arbitration commission.
Section 2： Composition of the Arbitration Tribunal
Article 30 An arbitration tribunal may comprise three arbitrators or one arbitrator. If an arbitration tribunal comprises three arbitrators， a presiding arbitrator shall be appointed.
Article 31 If the parties agree to form an arbitration tribunal comprising three arbitrators， each party shall select or authorize the chairmen of the arbitration commission to appoint one arbitrator. The third arbitrator shall be selected jointly by the parties or be nominated by the chairman of the arbitration commission in accordance with a joint mandate given by the parties. The third arbitrator shall be the presiding arbitrator.
If the parties agree to have one arbitrator to form an arbitration tribunal， the arbitrator shall be selected jointly by the parties or be nominated by the chairman of the arbitration commission in accordance with a joint mandate given by the parties.
Article 32 If the parties fail， within the time limit prescribed by the Arbitration Rules， to select the form of the constitution of the arbitration tribunal or fail to select the arbitrators， the arbitrators shall be appointed by the chairman of the arbitration commission.
Article 33 After the arbitration tribunal is constituted， the arbitration commission shall notify the parties in writing of the composition of the arbitration tribunal.
Article 34 In any of the following circumstances， an arbitrator must withdraw from the arbitration， and the parties shall have the right to apply for his withdrawal if he：
1. is a party or a close relative of a party or of a party's representative；
2. is related in the case；
3. has some other relationship with a party to the case or with a party's agent which could possibly affect the impartiality of the arbitration；
4. meets a party or his agent in private， accepts an invitation for dinner by a party or his representative or accepts gifts presented by any of them.
Article 35 When applying for the withdrawal of an arbitrator， the petitioning party shall state his reasons and submit a withdrawal application before the first hearing. A withdrawal application may also be submitted before the conclusion of the last hearing if reasons for the withdrawal only became known after the start of the first hearing.
Article 36 Whether an arbitrator is withdrawn or not shall be determined by the chairman of the arbitration commission. If chairman is serving as an arbitrator， the withdrawal or not shall be determined collectively by the arbitration commission.
Article 37 If an arbitrator is unable to perform his duties as an arbitrator as a result of the withdrawal or any other reasons， another arbitrator shall be selected or appointed in accordance with the provisions of this Law.
After a replaced arbitrator has been selected or appointed following the withdrawal of an arbitrator， the parties may apply to resume the arbitration procedure. The arbitration tribunal shall determine whether the resumption of the procedure may be allowed. The arbitration tribunal may determine on its own whether the arbitration procedure shall be resumed.
Article 38 An arbitrator involved in one of the circumstances described in Item 4， Article 34， if it is serious， or those described in Item 6， Article 58， such arbitrator shall be legally liable in accordance with the law. The arbitration commission shall remove his name from the list of arbitrators.