Jane Willems

Arbitrator, Mediator, Attorney-at-Law

Associate Professor of Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Ph.D. in Law

Member of the Paris and California Bars

Experience as Arbitrator
  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration involving a sales contract between a Swedish and a PRC company (Beijing, CISG)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration involving a license between a US and a Japanese company (Singapore, NY law)

  • President of Tribunal (ICC), arbitration involving a manufacturing & marketing know-how contract between Italian and PRC entities (Paris, PRC law)

  • Arbitrator (HKIAC), arbitration involving a shareholder cooperation agreement between a Malaysian and a PRC company (HK, Lao law)

  • President of Tribunal (HKIAC), arbitration involving a share purchase agreement (HK, Swiss law)

  • President of Tribunal (ICC), arbitration involving a construction contract (Singapore, Singapore law)

  • Arbitrator (HKIAC), arbitration involving an investment contract (HK, HK law)

  • Arbitrator (ICC), multiparty arbitration involving a share transfer agreement (Geneva, Italian law)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ad-hoc Uncitral), arbitration involving a purchase contract between a Vietnamese and a US company (HK, California law)

  • President of Tribunal (ICC), arbitration involving a sales contract between Austrian and PRC entities (Vienna, PRC law)

  • Arbitrator (ad-hoc Uncitral), arbitration involving a subscription agreement and an investment agreement between North American companies (HK, HK law)

  • Sole Arbitrator (HKIAC), arbitration involving a license between a US and a PRC company (HK, New York law)

  • Arbitrator (CIETAC), arbitration involving a share transfer in a PRC company (Beijing, PRC law, in Chinese)

  • Arbitrator (HKIAC), arbitration involving a joint venture project in China (HK)

  • Arbitrator (BAC), arbitration between PRC and Ethiopian entities involving a financing contract (Beijing, PRC law, in Chinese)

  • President of Tribunal (ICC), arbitration involving a Sino-foreign JV contract (Paris, PRC law)

  • President of Tribunal (ICC), arbitration involving a hotel management contract (HK, PRC law, bilingual Chinese-English)

  • Sole Arbitrator (HKIAC), project management & development contract (HK, PRC law)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration between an Italian company and a PRC SOE relating to a service agreement and transfer of assets (Paris, Italian & PRC laws)

  • Arbitrator (BAC), arbitration between US and PRC entities involving a procurement contract (Beijing, PRC law, in Chinese)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration between Luxembourg, HK and Mainland entities relating to a share transfer (Hong Kong, PRC law)

  • Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration between a Moroccan SOE and a Malaysian company relating to a real estate construction project (Paris, Moroccan law)

  • President of Tribunal (CIETAC), arbitration between a UK and a PRC company relating to a sales contract (Beijing, Hong Kong law)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration between a US and a PRC company relating to a procurement contract (Guangzhou, PRC law, bilingual Chinese-English)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration between a PRC and a US company relating to a sale of equipment (Singapore, English law)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration relating to the construction of a factory in China (Paris, PRC law)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration between EU and PRC entities relating to a distribution contract (London, English law)

  • Arbitrator (ICC), arbitration relating to a construction project in the Middle East (Singapore, Fidic IV Ed.)

  • Sole Arbitrator (ICC No. 12111), ICC Bull. 21/1-2010.78 (Paris, Unidroit Principles)

Counsel in Arbitral Proceedings
  • Sanum v Lao P.D.R. (PCA, 2010 UNCITRAL Rules – for Lao P.D.R.), China-Lao BIT

  • Lao Holdings v Lao P.D.R. (ICSID (AF) – for Lao P.D.R.), The Netherlands-Lao BIT

  • Represented a French company against a Slovenian company (ICC, Paris), in a dispute involving a transfer of technology, patent license and distribution contract

  • Represented a French company (ICC, Paris) in a dispute between relating to the construction of a ship

  • Represented an Australian company against a French company (ICC, Paris) in a dispute relating to a commercial agent contract

Counsel in Arbitration-related Court Proceedings
  • TLL-HLL v Lao P.D.R. (Paris Court of Appeals, Feb. 19, 2013 – for Lao P.D.R.), enforcement of arbitral award against Lao P.D.R. denied in France for lack of jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal, in Rev. Arb. 2013.299-300

  • Liv Hydravlika v Diebolt (Paris Court of Appeals, Feb. 28, 2008 – for Diebolt), Court affirmed the arbitrability inter partes of patent validity disputes, in Dalloz 2008 II 1326

  • Represented a French company challenging the jurisdiction of French courts in a construction project dispute, CA Douai, Sep. 17, 2009 (Court declined jurisdiction, adopted the severability of arbitration agreements in domestic arbitration), in Revue Lamy Droit des Affaires, 2010.55 n°65

  • Represented a PRC company for the enforcement of a CIETAC award against a French Group (Paris Court)

Other Activities
  • Co-chair, ICCA-Tsinghua Working Group on Chinese Arbitration Practice: Compendium of Chinese Commercial Arbitration laws, The ICCA Reports No. 5 (2019)

  • Legal consultant, World Bank, IFC: Judicial Manual on Vietnamese International Arbitration, for the Judiciary of Vietnam (2017).

  • Legal consultant, Lao PDR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Lao model BIT.

Education
  • University of Angers, School of Law, France, Ph.D. in Law (magna cum laude), 2013

Thesis: Sino-Foreign Joint Ventures Contract Disputes before International Arbitrators

  • University of Paris I Sorbonne, School of Law, France

L.L.M. International Business Law, 1990

L.L.B. Business Law, 1989

  • National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, France

B.A. Chinese Language and Civilization, 1986

Taiwan National Normal University, Visiting Student 1983-1985

Publications
Books and Contributions
  • Investment Disputes under China's BITs: Jurisdiction with Chinese Characteristics? in Investment Law and Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific, Chaisse (Ed), OUP, 2019, Chap 24

  • The Arbitrator’s Jurisdiction at Risk: The Case of Hybrid and Asymmetrical Arbitration Agreements, in The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator, Shaughnessy & Tung (Ed), Kluwer Law Intl, 2017, 377-390

  • Sino-Foreign Joint Ventures Contract Disputes before International Arbitrators [In French: Les contrats de joint ventures sino-étrangères devant l’arbitre international] Larcier, 2015

  • Co-author, “Marketing” in Business Law in China: Trade, Investment and Finance, ICC, 1997

Articles

  • Party Autonomy and the Selection of Non-State Norms in International Commercial Contracts, HKLJ 2018 Vol. 48-3 951-991

  • The Settlement of Investor State Disputes and China: New Developments on ICSID Jurisdiction, SCJIL&B, Vol. 8: Iss. 1 (2011) 1-62

  • 中国公司在海外国际仲裁中的商业利益保护问题:国际仲裁的新趋势 [Issues Relevant to Chinese Parties Involved in Arbitrations Outside China : Trends in International Arbitration], Arbitration in Beijing, Vol. 25(1) 2011, 37-52

  • The Reform of Mediation in Hong Kong [In French: La réforme de la médiation à Hong Kong], 2010(3) Paris Journal of International Arbitration 767-778

  • Arbitration and Procedural Indivisibility [In French: Arbitrage et indivisibilité procédurale], 2001 Cahiers de l’Arbitrage 100-114

  • Provisional measures and arbitration after the CJEU Van Uden Decision [In French: Les mesures provisoires et l'arbitrage après l'arrêt Van Uden de la CJCE], 2001 Cahiers de l’Arbitrage 83-87

Full Time Teaching Positions
  • Associate Professor, Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, 2016—

      Courses taught: International Investment Law (International Investment Agreement); UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules & UNCITRAL Model Law; Case     

      Preparation in International Arbitration; Convention on the International Sales of Goods.

  • Associate Director, International Arbitration & Dispute Settlement Program (IADS), Tsinghua University School of Law, 2016—

  • Associate Professor, UIBE School of Law, Beijing, 2014-2016

  • City University of Hong Kong, School of Law, 2010-2013, Visiting Fellow

Other Faculty Positions
  • Geneva University, Master of Laws in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS), Course on Chinese Commercial Arbitration, lecturer, 2019-

  • Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, LLM Course on Investment Policy & Law, Visiting Professor, 2018-

  • Paris West University Nanterre, School of Law, France, LLM Seminars, Intl. Contracts, Lecturer, 2016-

  • University of Aix, School of Law, France, LLM Seminars, Dispute Resolution, Lecturer, 2013-

  • International Law Institute, Washington DC, International Commercial Arbitration, 2008-2011

Invited Presentations
  • "International Business Courts: A New Era for Dispute Resolution?” 2018 ASIL Midyear Meeting, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, Nov. 8-10, 2018

  • “Sanctions to Corruption and Illegality”, 2018 Colloquium on International Law “Sustainable Connectivity: Go Green/Deal Clean/Talk Peace”, Asian Academy of International Law, HK, July 6, 2018

  • “Examining the Overlap of Asian Investment Treaties”, panelist, GAR Live Hong Kong, October 2017

  • “The Enforcement of Investor-state Arbitral Awards”, Conference on “UE-ASEAN Partnership and Competing Partnerships Among Asia-Pacific Powers”, Foreign Trade University, Hanoi, October 2017

  • “ICC Arbitration and the Mainland China”, China Arbitration Day, American University, DC, April 2017

  • “Definition of ‘Foreign’ Investment or Investor in Chinese Law: New Criteria or Back to Basics?” Asia FDI Forum II, CUHK & Columbia, Hong Kong, November 2016

  • “Party Autonomy and the Selection of Non-State Norm in International Commercial Contracts”, 7th Intl. Conference on The New Haven School of Jurisprudence, Yale & Tulane Law Schools, Hangzhou, December 2015

  • “Investment Disputes under China's BITs: Jurisdiction with Chinese Characteristics?” Asia FDI Forum I, CUHK & Columbia, Hong Kong, November 2015

  • “Hybrid and Asymmetrical Arbitration Agreements”, Intl. Lawyers Organization, Valencia Congress 2015

  • “The Enforcement Abroad of Chinese Arbitral Awards” Intl. Lawyers Organization, Macau Congress 2013

  • “How much do different legal cultures influence arbitration?” APRAG Conference, Beijing, 2013

  • “Multi-party and Multi-contract Arbitration: Analysis of Chinese International Arbitration Law and Practice”, Queen Mary College, London, Intl. Conference on Dispute Resolution: A Comparative Perspective, London, Dec. 17-18, 2012

  • “The Enforcement Abroad of Chinese Arbitral Awards: A Comparative Perspective”, 4th Intl. Conference on Contemporary Legal Problems, CityU of Hong Kong & Yale Law School, Hong Kong, October 2012

  •  “Party Autonomy and the Selection of Non-State Norm in Intl’ Contracts”, Intl. Forum on Private International Law, Chinese Society of Private International Law, Beijing, 2011

  • “Chinese Parties Involved in Foreign International Disputes Resolution Proceedings”, CIETAC May 2010

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Professional Activities and Associations
  • Accredited arbitrator: HKIAC, CIETAC, BAC, SHIAC, CAA (Taipei)

  • Member, Advisory Board, Asian Academy of International Law

  • Representative, UNCITRAL Working Group III (ISDS), Asian Academy of International Law

  • Member, ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

  • Member, Steering Committee, Arbitration Commission, International Lawyers Organization

  • Member, ICCA; International Law Association; ASIL; ICC Institute of World Business Law; LCIA

Languages

  • French, English, Chinese-Putonghua, German