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In 2012, ICCA launched a series of workshops 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 157 contracting States and more than 2000 court decisions interpreting and applying the Convention published in ICCA's Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, the New York Convention is rightly considered to be the legal cornerstone of international commercial arbitration.

ICCA's workshops are led by the ICCA Judicial Committee and organised with the assistance of Young ICCA. Each event is tailored to take account of national and regional legal practice, taking note of the specific challenges national judges face in resolving requests by parties to apply the Convention.

Officially launched in Mauritius in May 2012, the workshops make extensive use of ICCA’s “Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention” (now available in multiple languages, 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 and Marike Paulsson to accompany classes at the University of Miami).

Past Judicial Workshops 2014

Ethiopia New York Convention RoadShow

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed ICCA to Addis Ababa for a two-day event on 23 and 24 September, for ICCA’s first Judicial Roadshow in Ethiopia. Chaired by Mr. Reta Alemu, Director General of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ International Legal Affairs Department, the Roadshow was held at an important time for Ethiopian arbitration, as a dialogue is ongoing between governmental, legislative and judicial stakeholders as to whether Ethiopia should ratify the New York Convention.

The Roadshow was opened by H.E. Ambassador Fesseha Yimer, Special Adviser to the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, who noted that Ethiopia is one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world today and that the increase of foreign investment and trade in Ethiopia will result in an increase in the number of commercial disputes.  ICCA members Ms. Elodie Dulac, Mr. Thomas Snider, Ms. Erica Stein and Mr. Franz Schwarz, together with senior Ethiopian lawyer Mr. Tameru Wondm Agegnehu addressed the approximately 80 participants, who included judges from all levels of the Federal Court system, members of the House of People’s Representatives (including the Vice-Chair of the House of People’s Representatives’ Standing Legal Committee) and the House of the Federation, together with officials from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Justice, Finance and Economic Development, Trade, and Energy.

During the Roadshow, speakers addressed international arbitration in general and the New York Convention in particular.  The participants were provided with copies of the provisions of the 1960 Ethiopian Civil Code and the 1965 Ethiopian Code of Civil Procedure currently regulating the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Ethiopia, as well as with a copy of the New York Convention and of ICCA’s Judges Guide. 

The Roadshow sessions worked very well, with keen interest by the participants in the subject-matter and lively dialogue on the pros and cons of ratifying the New York Convention.

Click here to read the full report as it appeared in ICCA's December 2014 Newsletter.

Bahrain New York Convention RoadShow

The May 2014 ICCA New York Convention (NYC) Roadshow for the Middle East, hosted in the Kingdom of Bahrain, marks the start of a series of spin-of dialogues in the region and the publication of ICCA’s first regional guide on the NYC.

The ICCA Judicial Dialogue on the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, held in Manama, Bahrain from 3 to 5 May 2014, was attended by members of the Supreme Courts, Courts of Appeal and Cassation Courts from the region, representing in total thirteen Arab countries and comprising 51 judges.

The ICCA Dialogue -- dubbed the “MEJD” -- was held under the patronage of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Supreme Judicial Council, with the support of the Arab League.  The organization of the MEJD was led by Marike Paulsson (member of ICCA’s Judicial Committee and Director of the International Arbitration Institute in Miami) and Nassib Ziade (ICCA member, visiting professor in Miami and CEO of the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution), with the invaluable support of the BCDR. See the BCDR's Report here.

Click here to read the full report and view photos.

Naples New York Convention RoadShow

ICCA’s first Italian New York Convention Roadshow has taken place in Naples, on 3-4 March 2014, jointly organized by ICCA, the Chamber of Arbitration of Milan and the Associazione Italiana per l’Arbitrato (the Italian Association for Arbitration). The event also had the support of the Scuola Superiore della Magistratura (the Italian training school for judges) and of the Italian Ministry of Justice. The speakers, all practitioners with outstanding experience as arbitrators, as well as counsels in international arbitration, delivered a two-day workshop on the New York Convention to an audience of approximately 30 judges from all over Italy, and included Professor Piero Bernardini, Professor Charles Jarrosson, Ms. Teresa Giovannini, Professor Luca Radicati di Brozolo and the moderator Professor Chiara Giovannucci.

The seminar started with a general overview on the Convention, its historical context and its basic principles by Prof. Bernardini and continued with the analysis of Articles I and II by Prof. Jarrosson, Articles III and IV by Ms. Giovannini and Articles V, VI and VII by Prof. Radicati. During their contributions, the speakers referred frequently to the Italian version of ICCA’s Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention, which was part of the material given to the participants. To conclude the workshop, the speakers engaged in an informal dialogue with the judges, focusing on the specific issues raised by the judges and debating possible solutions. In this way, Italian New York Convention Roadshow achieved its purpose – providing the participants not only with theoretical guidelines on how to interpret the Convention, but also with practical direction on how to apply it in specific scenarios that are particularly relevant in the Italian experience. 

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