On Nov 24th, 2016, “UK-China Rule of Law Roundtable”, sponsored by China Law Society, and Great Britain China Centre, organized by China Legal Exchange Centre and assisted by The Belt and Road Legal Service Cooperation Alliance, had a grand opening in Beijing.

The theme of the conference revolves around UK-China Legal Cooperation on the Belt and Road. More than 200 representatives of legal experts, business and government officials from the UK and China attended the meeting. President of China Law Society Mr. Wang Lequan, Former President of UK Supreme Court Lord Phillips KG, Deputy Secretary-General of the Central of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China Mr. Xu Xianming, Advocate General for Scotland, Spokesperson for Ministry of Justice business in the House of Lords Lord Keen of Elie QC, Vice-Minister of Justice Mr. Xiong Xuanguo, Chairman of Great Britain China Centre Sir Martin Davidson KCMG, delivered speeches at the opening ceremony, respectively.

In the conference, President of IABR Professor Wang Guiguo was invited as one of guest speakers in the section of The Belt and Road Initiative: China-UK Legal Cooperation. His topic is The Belt and Road Initiative in Quest for a Dispute Resolution Mechanism. In his speech, he said, although the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by China, still needs the participation of the whole world. Also, it conforms to the historical trend of globalization, and will succeed. When talking about the blue book, he introduced the mechanism emphasizes on the importance of mediation, a separation of persons in mediation, arbitration and appeal processes, and maintains a high degree of transparency. By doing so, this mechanism will reflect eastern cultures and the characteristics of countries along the Belt and Road. During the meeting, Professor Wang accepted an interview from The Democracy and Law Times.