Peter Foreman is an English-qualified lawyer, based in Scotland, who has spent much of his career in the offshore oil & gas engineering and construction sector as Legal Director and latterly as Executive Vice President for major contractors. He is currently a consultant working mainly in the offshore energy sectors providing advice and support on contract negotiations and the avoidance of disputes, and their resolution where such efforts are unsuccessful. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator, and co-author of the Scottish Arbitration Handbook. He was formerly the external examiner in arbitration law, among other subjects, for the University of Aberdeen

Dr. Shengnan JIA


Dr Shengnan Jia is a partner in Tahota Law Firm, China (2020 Global 100/The American Lawyer and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020) specialising in commercial and maritime disputes. During her practice, she has been involved in some important and complex litigation cases in the Supreme Court of P.R. of China. As an expert witness, she has been invited by international law firms to submit the expert witness opinion on Chinese commercial law in the London Court of International Arbitration. She is a Co-Founding Director of China-Europe Commercial Collaboration Association (CECCA), an expert of advisory panel for China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) as UNCITRAL Observer on Judicial Sale of Ships; a supporting member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), UK; an arbitrator of Caspian Arbitration Society (CAS), Geneva; an arbitrator of Hainan International Arbitration Court, China; an expert lawyer in international commercial law nominated by Beijing Lawyer’s Association. She obtained LL.B. in Beijing Union University, her first LL.M. from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, majoring in Civil and Commercial Law and the second Master’s degree from Lund University and World Maritime University in Sweden, studying toward a combined degree in Maritime Law. She was awarded the degree of PhD in Commercial Maritime Law by City, University of London and has taught several foundation courses at the city law school. In addition, she is a professional supervisor in commercial and maritime law at School of Juris Master, China University of Political Science and Law.

Prof. Filali OSMAN


Filali Osman is Professor of Private Law at Franche-Comté University. He wrote his doctoral thesis on “the general principles of Lex Mercatoria”. He serves as a senior consultant in international trade and has held numerous missions for the European Commission, the World Bank or the United Nations International Business Law Commission in international commercial arbitration, investment law and public partnerships. He has also mentored several Governments on the harmonization of private labor law. He mentores the International Notaries Union (Public-Private Partnership working group). Filali Osman is a regular arbitration and mediation member and is a member of the ICC Arab Arbitration Group working group of the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Court. He is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) specialist in the Regional Engineering group in the Federation of Local Public Enterprises. He specializes in international business law and is the author of 9 books and around 50 articles. He is the founder of the master’s degree in engineering in a public-private partnership in Sciences Po Lyon, which he managed between 2007-2012, and is currently managing master’s degree in business law from Franche-Comté University. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Arbitration and Mediation (JAM).