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14 October 2019

New York Convention: case law database reaches milestone of 3,000 decisions

VIENNA, 14 October 2019 (UN Information Service) - The online platform , developed to host the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Secretariat Guide on the New York Convention, now contains information on 3,000 legal cases from 64 common law and civil law jurisdictions.  It supports the implementation of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York, 10 June 1958), commonly known as the New York Convention which is widely recognized as a foundational instrument of international arbitration.

The online platform, along with the Guide, helps the harmonized application of the New York Convention, which is an almost universally adopted instrument, with 161 Member States. The platform contains a comprehensive and freely accessible database of case law and bibliography on the Convention. It has now reached the milestone of 3,000 decisions.

The New York Convention is considered an important indicator of an overall business and investment environment as it provides legal certainty on enforcement rights, due process, and access to justice, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In that context, the website together with the Guide on the New York Convention are indispensable tools and a demonstration of a strong commitment to international rule of law.   

Further information on UNCITRAL texts is available on the UNCITRAL website at .


The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. Its mandate is to remove legal obstacles to international trade by progressively modernizing and harmonizing trade law. It prepares legal texts in a number of key areas such as international commercial dispute settlement, electronic commerce, insolvency, international payments, sale of goods, transport law, procurement and infrastructure development. UNCITRAL also provides technical assistance to law reform activities, including assisting Member States to review and assess their law reform needs and to draft the legislation required to implement UNCITRAL texts. The UNCITRAL Secretariat is located in Vienna, Austria, and maintains a website at .

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For more information, please contact:

José Angelo   Estrella Faria  
Principal Legal Officer and Head, Legislative Branch  
UNCITRAL Secretariat  
Email: joseangelo.estrella-faria[at]