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3 July 2012

Online platform on the New York Convention Guide launched

VIENNA, 3 July (UN Information Service) - On 3 July 2012, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced the launch of an online platform which supplements the forthcoming Guide on the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 1958 (New York) known as the New York Convention.

UNCITRAL is currently working together with two experts, Emmanuel Gaillard and George Bermann, to prepare the Guide on the New York Convention. The Guide aims to promote the uniform and effective interpretation and application of the New York Convention with a view to limit the risk that State practice might diverge from its spirit. It is expected that the Guide will be presented to the Commission in 2013.

Professor Gaillard with his research team, in conjunction with Professor Bermann and his research team, and with the support of UNCITRAL has established a website ( to make the information gathered in preparation of the Guide on the New York Convention publicly available. The website constitutes a platform which reflects the evolution of case law on the New York Convention. Cases are reported in the form of summaries highlighting the interpretation and application of specific provisions of the New York Convention. The full text of the original court decisions is also made available.


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 information contact:

Timothy Lemay
Principal Legal Officer
UNCITRAL Secretariat
Email: timothy.lemay[at]