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Presentations of ICCA's Guide to the New York Convention

Since its launch in 2011, over 5000 hard copies of the various translations have been distributed to judges across the globe, including judges from: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mauritius, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, and Switzerland.

We include below some highlights of these presentations:

Argentina: May 2015 - Guide presented at event organised by ALARB and the University of Buenos Aires Arbitration Group »


Panama, January 2015: Guide presented to Chief Justice of Panama »


Colombia: August 2014 - Guide presented to judges of 161 courts and 41 justices of appeal courts during a joint training session »


Materials from New York Convention Roadshows

Dialogue in Jamaica, August 2017
Paper by Marike Paulsson
India NYC Roadshow - November 2013 Opening Address
Chief Justice Hon'ble Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam
India NYC Roadshow - November 2013 Introduction to the New York Convention
Transcript of Mr. Fali S. Nariman's intervention
REPORT and The India Resolutions for the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and enforcement of foreign awards
By Fali S. Nariman and Marike Paulsson
Mauritius NYC Roadshow Welcome Speech
The Hon, Chief Justice, Y K J Yeung Sik Yuen

Contact

ICCA Judiciary Committee Co-Chairs: Mohamed Abdel Raouf and Judge Dominique Hascher.

ICCA Bureau: bureau@arbitration-icca.org

Members of ICCA's Judiciary Committee:

  • Mohamed Abdel Raouf (co-chair)
  • Albert Jan van den Berg
  • Adriana Braghetta
  • Silvia Borelli
  • Lise Bosman
  • Teresa Cheng
  • Judge Dominique Hascher (co-chair)
  • Michael Hwang
  • Carolyn Lamm
  • Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon
  • Marike Paulsson

In 2012, ICCA launched a series of colloquia for judges on the New York Convention known as the “New York Convention Roadshow”. This initiative recognizes the dependence of international arbitration practice on the critical role of national court judges in applying the New York Convention. With 159 contracting States and over 2 100 national court decisions reported in ICCA's Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, the Convention is rightly regarded as the backbone of international commercial arbitration.

Judicial workshops on the New York Convention are led by the ICCA Judiciary Committee and organised with the assistance of Young ICCA. Each event is adapted to take account of the specific challenges faced by judges in applying the Convention in a particular region or jurisdiction, and includes both an article-by-article review of the Convention, as well as extensive dialogue with judges.

Workshops make use of ICCA’s “Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention” (now available in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, English, Farsi, French, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese, complimentary copies of which are provided to participating judges)  and of the New York Convention website (an initiative of Professor Albert Jan van den Berg). Consult our factsheet for more details.


Past Events


NEW YORK CONVENTION ROADSHOW: SUVA, FIJI 9 FEBRUARY 2018

On 9 February 2018, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) hosted a one-day course for some 30 senior Judges of the Fiji High Court and Court of Appeal. The course was run by ICCA Advisory Board Member Michael Hwang and Brenda Horrigan. 

ADB has been promoting the adoption of international arbitration in the South Pacific as, until recently, only two territories had acceded to the New York Convention (“NYC”) viz the Marshall Islands and the Cook Islands. ADB has persuaded Fiji, as one of the most important territories in the South Pacific, to embrace international arbitration, and accordingly, Fiji passed the International Arbitration Act in the second half of 2017 which is closely based on the Model Law. Fiji has also acceded to the NYC. It only awaits the enactment of subsidiary legislation concerning the procedures for enforcing international arbitration awards in Fiji and the manner of hearing arbitration cases in the High Court before the Act will be brought into force later this year. 

As part of the preparation for the new legislation, Mr Hwang and Ms Horrigan prepared a one-day course on international arbitration and the NYC for the senior Judges. The teaching team made use of ICCA materials for the presentation on the NYC and copies of ICCA's Guide to the NYC were distributed during the course.  

The morning session was led by Mr Hwang who gave an introduction to general principles of international arbitration with numerous references to case law (mainly Singaporean since they dealt with equivalent provisions of the Model Law).  The afternoon session was led by Ms Horrigan who used ICCA's materials to take the Judges through an article-by-article explanation of the NYC. 

The Judges were keen and receptive and the sessions were interactive, resulting in many relevant and pointed questions being asked by individual Judges.  After the training course, the Chief Justice of Fiji, who personally attended most of the course, sent a letter of thanks.

ADB is hopeful that other territories in the South Pacific will follow the Fijian example and that further training courses, where ICCA could play a useful part in judicial training, might be in store.



 


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