The Maldives recently became the latest state party to the 1958 United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the “New York Convention“). The Maldives acceded formally to the New York Convention on 17 September 2019, which will come into force for the Maldives on 16 December 2019, 90 days thereafter. … Read more


In Paloma Co. Ltd. v. Capxon Electronic Industrial Co. Ltd [[2018] HKCFI 1147], the Hong Kong Court of First Instance rejected a public policy challenge to a New York Convention Award rendered by a tribunal in Japan. The Respondent applied to set aside leave to enforce the Award, alleging that the tribunal’s conduct was biased, … Read more

Inside Arbitration: Issue #6 of the publication from Herbert Smith Freehills’ Global Arbitration Practice

We are delighted to share with you the latest issue of the publication from the Herbert Smith Freehills Global Arbitration Practice, Inside Arbitration. In addition to sharing knowledge and insight about the markets and industries in which our clients operate, the publication offers personal perspectives of our international arbitration partners from across the globe. Read more

Join us in Singapore to celebrate 60 years of the NY Convention

Enforcement of arbitration awards in SE Asia This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958, commonly referred to as the “New York Convention”.  As one of the most successful international treaties of the 20th century, and a primary tool in the promotion of arbitration … Read more

Developments in resolving cross-border disputes

With the increase of global commerce, it also becomes increasingly important to provide for effective and quick dispute resolution mechanisms across state borders. A number of developments in international law recognise this trend and seek to address it. These developments include: The inclusion of Investor-State Dispute Resolution mechanisms in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the … Read more

Bhutan and Guyana become the 151st and 152nd States party to the New York Convention

On 26 September 2014, Bhutan and Guyana deposited instruments of accession to the 1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (commonly known as the New York Convention), becoming the 151st and 152nd States party to the Convention. Guyana has acceded to the Convention without any reservations, while Bhutan has made two: … Read more

Indian Supreme Court upholds ability of arbitrators to decide issues of fraud

In another pro-arbitration decision emanating from the Supreme Court of India in the case of World Sport Group (Mauritius) Ltd v MSM Satellite (Singapore) Pte Ltd,¹ the court referred to arbitration a dispute involving allegations of fraud. In doing so, the court read restrictively its previous decision in N Radhakrishnan v Maestro Engineering² – where … Read more

South Korean Courts Twice Refuse to Enforce International Arbitral Awards

In our two previous blogs¹ on South Korea we commented on the opening of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre and noted that this, together with the liberalisation of its legal market and the introduction of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s (KCAB) International Arbitration Rules, meant that a new phase for international arbitration in South … Read more