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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 2015

Mexico New York Convention RoadShow

ICCA co-hosted a well-received NYC Roadshow with the Mexican Supreme Court on 30 October 2015. The event attracted over 100 participants and featured presentations by former ICCA President Jan Paulsson, Francisco González de Cossío and co-founder of ICCA’s Roadshow programme Marike Paulsson. Mexican television covered the event.

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Materials from the Mexico NYC Roadshow

Click here for the Mexico NYC Roadshow Know-how (in Spanish) »

Click here for Francisco González de Cossío's article on Competenz-competenz (in Spanish) »

Click here for a diagram by by Marike Paulsson and Stephanie Selman on Treaty Interpretation (in Spanish) » 

Cyprus New York Convention RoadShow

A successful ICCA Roadshow on the 1958 United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards was held in Paphos, Cyprus on 19 September, attended by 25 members of the Cypriot judiciary.

The Roadshow was opened by Honourable Justice Myron Nikolatos, the President of the Supreme Court of Cyprus, who stressed the importance of the New York Convention in international commercial arbitration.

ICCA Governing Board Members Professor Pierre Tercier and Judge Dominique Hascher also addressed the Cypriot judges. Professor Pierre Tercier opened the session by emphasizing the importance of maintaining an open dialogue between judges and arbitration practitioners, and the pro-enforcement philosophy of the Convention. Judge Hascher led the next session, giving a detailed article-by-article analysis of the New York Convention.

Following an active Q&A session between the speakers and the Cypriot judges, Justice Erotocritou, Judge of the Supreme Court of Cyprus, concluded the Roadshow with his closing remarks, highlighting the significant educational nature of such events for the Cypriot judiciary.

Hong Kong New York Convention RoadShow

On 12 May 2015 over 30 judges, representing Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand, gathered in Hong Kong for ICCA's Judicial Forum. Speakers included The Honourable James Allsop AO, Professor Albert Jan van den Berg, Mr. Michael Hwang SC, Mr. Neil Kaplan QC, and Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon.

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