- Enforcement of awards in France—a dual system (Ryanair v Syndicate of Charente Airports)
- Original news
- What is an administrative court and why should it be involved in the enforcement of a commercial arbitration award?
- What was the background to the decision?
- What did the court decide?
- What are the practical implications of the decision for parties to arbitrations involving French public bodies?
Arbitration analysis: The French court which decides conflicts between the jurisdictions of civil and administrative courts in France (the Tribunal des Conflits) has decided that an application to enforce a 2012 London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) award in favour of Ryanair against a regional French airport syndicate must be heard in an administrative court, not the court in which it was originally filed in 2012. Elizabeth Oger-Gross, partner, and Anaïs Harlé, associate, both at White & Case in Paris, explain the implications of the Tribunal des Conflits’ decision and suggest that it creates a dual system for the enforcement of foreign awards in France.
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