Recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards—an introduction

The following Arbitration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards—an introduction
  • The arbitral award—what next?
  • Where to seek enforcement?
  • Recognition and enforcement—what are they?
  • Recognition and enforcement in domestic courts—what are my options?
  • The relevance of the New York Convention

Recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards—an introduction

This Practice Note provides an introduction to some of the key issues for practitioners regarding the recognition and enforcement of international arbitration awards. Unless otherwise indicated, the word ‘enforcement’ is used in a broad sense to encompass recognition and enforcement. The distinction between recognition and enforcement is also discussed below.

Where relevant, this Practice Note should be read in conjunction with:

  1. Practice Note: The New York Convention—the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards—an introduction

  2. Practice Note: Enforcement of arbitral awards in England & Wales (note: England is used as shorthand for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in this Practice Note)

  3. International arbitration—enforcing international arbitral awards—overview, which contains links to practical guidance content on the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards in many jurisdictions around the world

  4. Practice Note: State immunity and arbitration—general considerations and State immunity and arbitration—overview, which contains links to practical guidance content on state immunity and arbitration in many jurisdictions around the world

  5. our International Comparator tool, which can be used to obtain information about enforcement across a broad set of jurisdictions—click here to access the tool

As enforcement of international awards can be a complex undertaking, engaging counsel with expertise in particular sectors or procedures may be advisable.

The arbitral award—what next?

The aim of international arbitration proceedings, whether ad hoc or administered by an

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