In 2012, the China Institute of International Antitrust and Investment (or “CIIAI”) formally started its operation in Beijing under the auspices of the International Law School of the China University of Political Science and Law (or “CUPL”), one of the top three law schools in China.
CIIAI aims at setting up a platform among enterprises, students and scholars, encouraging open and rational communication among governmental agencies, experts and scholars, trade associations, business managers and legal practitioners, so as to promote due process and transparency in antitrust investigations, and to promote policy convergence where it is practical and advisable to do so. This mandate is not country-specific, but it applies to China as well as to other jurisdictions. To this end, the CIIAI’s activities will include the following
Hosting an annual high-level symposium in Beijing;
Training of antitrust enforcement professionals;
Commenting on draft antitrust legislations and guidelines;
Funding scholarly research on cutting-edge antitrust issues.
The CIIAI is funded entirely from private sources. Its sponsors currently include: AirFrance/KLM, Apple, Applied Materials, Clifford Chance, Compass Lexicon, Cooley LLP, DeHeng Law Offices (PRC), ExxonMobil, Freshfields, FTI Consulting, General Motors, George Washington University Law School, Global Law Office (PRC), Grandall Law Firm (PRC), IAG (parent of BA/Iberia Airlines), Intel, Kirkland & Ellis, Microsoft, Paul Hastings, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, RBB Economics, Siemens, Skadden Arps, Tian Du Law Office (PRC), and Unilever. The CIIAI is now in the process of concluding a formal cooperation with the George Washington University Law School (or “GW”).
The Executive Director of the CIIAI is Frank Fine, JD, LLM, PhD, an EU competition law specialist in Brussels since 1986. Mr Fine is Senior Counsel to DeHeng Law Offices and is the Director of EC Competition Law Advocates. He is also the author of three books on EU competition law and is the General Editor of European Competition Laws, a three-volume loose-leaf treatise published by LexisNexis. He is also Visiting Professor at the CUPL and sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Financial Regulation and Economic Development of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The Managing Director of the CIIAI is Mrs. Qi Huan, PhD, Associate Professor, Director of the Institute of International Economic Law of the School of International Law of China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Mrs. Qi Huan is also the deputy Secretary General of the Professional Committee of Competition Policy and Law of China Society for World Trade Organization Studies, Deputy Director of Maritime Law Center of CUPL, and is a council member of several societies: Chinese Society of International Economic Law, WTO Law Research Society of China Law Society, and Beijing Law Society. Her research focuses mainly on international economic law, international investment law (including competition law), maritime law and WTO rules. Besides The Exemption System of Anti-monopoly in Public Services (monograph), Principles of International Investment Law (Chinese translation), She has also edited many textbooks, including International Economic Law, International Investment Law, Maritime law, and has presided over a lot of research projects sponsored by the Ministry of Education, NDRC, MOFCOM, and the Development Research Center of the State Council, covering subjects ranging from international investment, anti-monopoly, the WTO system to maritime law.