Over 3,000 decisions from 64 jurisdictions now online
Thanks to our numerous and dedicated contributors, the newyorkconvention1958.org website has reached a significant milestone with more than 3,000 decisions from 64 common law and civil law jurisdictions now publicly accessible online.
Over the past few months, new jurisdictions have been added to the website, including Albania, Belarus, Denmark, Hungary, Malta and Peru. Decisions on the New York Convention from other jurisdictions, such as Czech Republic, Monaco, Panama, Poland, Thailand and Republic of Korea will be uploaded in the coming weeks/months.
The website offers free access to those decisions in their original language, as well as more than one hundred English translations. The decisions can be accessed according to jurisdiction, or by a global search using keywords or other search terms such as provisions of the Convention. The decisions can also be accessed through direct case law links included in the 23 Chapters of the Guide.
The new version of the newyorkconvention1958.org website, launched in 2012 by Shearman & Sterling and Columbia Law School, in cooperation with UNCITRAL, complements the Guide through its sophisticated global legal database. Today, this website goes well beyond its initial objective. It endeavors to collect and share new data published worldwide on the interpretation and application of the New York Convention and strives to become an essential and efficient tool for every judge, arbitrator, practitioner, academic, student and Government official interested in the Convention. In this context, the website also offers access to the Convention’s Travaux Preparatoires in fully searchable mode and to the largest bibliography ever consolidated on the Convention, with more than 900 references, over 260 of which have links to publicly accessible online sources.
As observed by the Secretary of UNCITRAL, Anna Joubin-Bret, “as of today, 161 States are parties to the New York Convention. This means that in most jurisdictions in the world, courts apply the Convention provisions and recognize the awards made abroad. Such quasi-universal acceptance of the recognition and enforcement process brings legal certainty to the business operations worldwide. In that context, the newyorkconvention1958.org website together with the Guide on the New York Convention are indispensable tools and a demonstration of a strong commitment to the rule of law”.
Corinne Montineri, Senior Legal Officer of the International Trade Division of the U.N. Office of Legal Affairs, who has been involved in the project since its very inception, adds that “the global acceptance of the New York Convention represents a step towards better access to justice for economic operators, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, hence fostering economic growth and investment perspectives.”
The New York Convention Guide Project’s work is continuously in progress. We therefore encourage anyone to participate should they wish to do so. Documents, decisions, or any other relevant information on signatory States to the New York Convention can be shared with the research assistants’ team through the “Contribute” page of the website, for the benefit of all.