November 18, 2019 6 minutes to read ∙ 1400 words

The New York Convention: A Primer for Arbitrators and Advocates

By Lucy Greenwood

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Reprinted with permission from Dispute Resolution, Volume 25, Number 4, at 4-6. ©2019 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, known as the New York Convention, is a fairly unassuming document. It is only about five pages long and includes only 16 articles, yet it is largely responsible for the prevalence of international arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism across the globe today. The noted British lawyer and judge Michael Mustill (Lord Mustill of Pateley Bridge) once succinctly described it as the “single most important pillar on which the edifice of international arbitration rests.”

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