The 1st APELIA Annual Conference in 2019 was co-hosted by KoGuan Law School (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), Erasmus School of Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Legal Daily, China Institute of Corporate Legal Affairs, Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center, and China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies (Shanghai Jiao Tong University). The 1st APELIA Annual Conference and the 1st Executive Meeting were held from 12 to 13 June 2019, at Shanghai Jiao Tong University Xuhui Campus. Shanghai Law Society, Shanghai Maritime University School of Law, Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Shanghai International Arbitration Center, Shanghai Corporate Counsel Association, and Shanghai Law Society Corporate Legal Affairs Research Association were invited as supporting institutions.

The theme of the 1st APELIA Annual Conference was “International Commercial and Investment Disputes Settlement: Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation”. More than 250 academics, government officials, and legal professionals attended the conference and had in-depth discussions.

The opening keynote speeches were chaired by Professor Yuwen Li, Director of Erasmus China Law Center, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The first keynote speaker, Professor Jean-Philippe Agresti, Dean of Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille University, shared his thoughts on legal education in the digital age. Professor Fabian Amtenbrink, Vice Dean of Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, gave a speech titled “Reflection on European Union Legal Complications in Advancing EU-China Trade and Investment Relations”. Furthermore, Professor Anna Cody, Dean of School of Law, Western Sydney University, gave her speech titled “Gender Equality at Work: the Experience of Sexual Harassment of Women in Australia”, and Professor Jan Lieder, Dean of Students of Faculty of Law of University of Freiburg, gave a speech titled “Digitalization of Corporate Law”. Last but not the least, Professor Weidong Ji, President of China Institute for Socio-Legal Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, presented his research on third-party market cooperation in Asia-Pacific and Europe and the reconstruction of global economic order.

In the afternoon of 12 June, two roundtables were held on the topics of international commercial dispute resolution and reform of investor-state dispute settlement respectively. The first roundtable was chaired by Wei Zhang, Director of Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center. Discussants of the first roundtable included Hongmin Yao, Director of International Arbitration at SHIAC; Professor Guanhong Tang from Queen Mary University London; Professor Feng Lin from City University of Hong Kong; Naiwei Chen, Director of Shanghai Commercial Mediation Center; Professor Guohua Wang from Shanghai Maritime University; Shanshan Xu from Hiways Law Firm Shanghai; Professor Qisheng He from Peking University; and Professor Zhiqiong Wang from Western Sydney University.

The second roundtable was chaired by Chin Leng Lim, Senior fellow at British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong. Discussants included Qing Shen, Chief of Department of Foreign Cooperation at Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce; Professor Jean-François Marchi from Aix-Marseille University; Professor Martijn Scheltema from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Professor Jiaxiang Hu from Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Professor Xiaochuan Weng from University of New South Wales; Zhong Zhang, Legal Counsel-General of the Shanghai Urban Construction (Group) Corporation; Xinlin Xu from Sinar Mas APP Co. Ltd (China); and Professor Yuwen Li from Erasmus University Rotterdam.