Shanghai Maritime Court establishes research center with university

By Mi Yunjing (enccmt.court.gov.cn)Updated : 2017-11-27

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Zhao Hong, President of Shanghai Maritime Court (left), and Xu Yonglin, vice-president of Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, inaugurate the research center. [Photo/ccmt.court.gov.cn]

The Shanghai Maritime Court signed a cooperation agreement with Shanghai University of International Business and Economics on Nov 24 to support the construction of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Research Center which will focus on the Belt and Road Initiative, maritime power, trade power, and the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The two parties will also cooperate in decision making and academic research issues and exchanges. The agreement provides for a periodic communication mechanism to promote implementation of all the cooperation items.

Zhao Hong, president of the Shanghai Maritime Court, pointed out that the construction of the research center is fully consistent with legal requirements of the new round of opening-up and better serves the economic and social development of Shanghai and China.

Courts are required to pay close attention to the changes in domestic and international shipping trade and related policies and must work to improve strategic services and improve their consultative support for decision-making, Zhao said.

Zhao pointed out the need to build an expert team familiar with international economic and trade laws and good at handling legal affairs on foreign-related economy and trade. The team should also take part in the elaboration of international rules.

She also indicated the desirability of innovating cooperation and exchange mechanisms and setting up an information-sharing platform by means of big data and artificial intelligence. 

She expressed her hopes that the two sides can work to build the research center into a policy and legal think tank that will contribute to the implementation of China’s major economic and social development strategies.