About the Journal

Bilingual journal for legal academics and professionals working internationally between China and Europe. Discusses international and transnational topics of interest to an audience of European and Chinese international law firms and scholars who analyse both regions.

Parallel publication in English and Mandarin Chinese editions. Published by the Swiss Chinese Law Associaiton.

General coordinator: Zhang Tianze

Editors: Jerry Guo (Chinese), Wei Jianan (Chinese) and David Dahlborn (English)



Alternative Dispute Resolution: Swiss Chinese Law Review issue 4: Deadline 23 May

The fourth issue of the Swiss Chinese Law Review will foreground alternative dispute resolution. (Please see the report of the SCLA Global Forum on Mediation, held on 25 September 2020, here).

Alternative dispute resolution has been shaking up the legal world during the pandemic. Proponents say it has enormous potential to grant access to justice for good value, taking pressure off courts and saving clients hefty litigation bills. Sceptics might warn that this movement threatens statutory law by silently privatising the judiciary and will, by extension, make work for professionals more casual and precarious. But does alternative dispute resolution have a scorecard? What has been, and will be, the effects of this growing sector? As the SCLA’s recent lively forum discussion on mediation settlement enforcement has shown, these are hot questions.

The fourth issue of the Swiss Chinese Law Review will discuss not only the pros versus the cons of ADR, but what its concrete effects have been. How have cases been resolved? What has the international legal sector learnt during the past few years? What problems remain with regard to enforcement? What have been ARD’s unintended secondary benefits or drawbacks? Does ADR offer new and old law firms dazzling opportunities or is it a threat to established business models? 

The Swiss Chinese Law Association has recently announced that it will be establishing the Geneva International Dispute Resolution Institute. What might a dispute resolution institute do for the sector? What resources or research are needed? How might professionals in ADR benefit from international cooperation and a common forum?

We welcome your contributions, analyses of ADR cases, advice on best practices and personal experiences to help answer these questions. 

We are looking for original and previously unpublished articles in the following categories: 

  • International legal outlook
  • Items of up to 200 words detailing legal news related to a jurisdiction or your law firm.
  • Features
  • Featured articles of up to 2,000 words in length analysing a current question related to a lawyer’s view of ADR and the questions it raises. This issue focuses in particular on What effects ADR has had, directly and indirectly, and on how an international institute for ADR lawyers could help the sector. We particularly welcome pieces based on your direct professional experience. Discussion topics could include, but are not limited to (see also extended blurb above):
  • What ADR has changed and not changed in the past few years. 
  • Settlement enforcement, in particular in a cross-border setting.
  • Practical accounts of ADR cases. 
  • ADR and the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • Different countries' contexts for ADR.
  • Expert opinion
  • Opinion columns of up to 1,000 words arguing for a specific view of a relevant problem. 
  • We welcome clear arguments and sharp views that do not avoid sensitive topics. We especially welcome reflections on topics where your own views have changed recently.
  • Legal technology
  • Expert columns examining the intersection of legal practice and the latest technological developments. Limited to 1,500 words.
  • Your story, your legal workplace, personal profiles and viewpoints
  • Personal memoirs or profiles of lawyers who have inspired you of up to 1,500 words.
  • Stories from your legal workplace, especially if your experiences relate to our theme.
  • Letters to the editors, short viewpoints, reflections or other items you wish to share.

Submit your contribution HERE, before the end of 23 May.

We look forward to hearing from you and reading your contributions!

Please note (read carefully): 

  • Only drafts uploaded to our online submissions platform before the deadline will be considered for bilingual print publication, unless you have a prior agreement with the journal.
  • To help us cover the costs of running this journal, editing, proofreading and translating content and publishing, drafts will only be considered for a non-refundable processing contribution of €10. 
  • Your draft article must be your own original work and must be previously unpublished at the time that our publication is released in print (this includes personal or professional blogs, forum discussions, etc).
  • Drafts which require extensive copyediting due to the quality of writing may be turned down. 
  • We ask that you also inform us if your draft is being considered by another publisher. Permission from any copyright owner must be sought by you if your draft contains material that is not your own copyright.
  • We ask that you refrain from including material of a libellous nature. 
  • We ask that you refrain from infringing on someone else’s copyright. This includes using text copied from a source without attribution, passing someone else’s work off as your own or failing to accurately cite a quotation. 
  • It is our responsibility to report deliberate plagiarism, if detected, to any relevant academic or professional bodies. 
  • Direct quotation from a source must be clearly indicated by quotation marks and a reference.
  • Where possible, refrain from using footnote references and do provide in-text citations. This means you must include full references to all your citations integrated in the body of your text.
  • Please include a bibliography of your references and sources.

About the Swiss Chinese Law Review

Our journal aims to link-up legal professionals and academics working in and between China and Europe. The journal will offer a platform for exchanging insights and connections.

As a contributor we hope to be able to introduce you to our international network of legal professionals and scholars with a shared interest in Swiss-Chinese relations and the law.

The Swiss Chinese Law Association is a voluntary association of lawyers and academics aiming to create a more transparent and integrated market between European and Asian countries. We hope to achieve more open and trustworthy international legal service by creating a common standards framework for law firms in Switzerland and China.

Submit your contribution HERE, before the end of 23 May.

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