The Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy proudly co-organised a joint celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the New York Convention, in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills and the Centre for Commercial Cross-Border Law in Asia (SMU School of Law), on 12 June 2018.

The Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, more familiarly called the New York Convention, is the world’s most successful international convention with 159 signatories. As its 60th year has unfolded, the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the international arbitration community around the world have marked the occasion with a series of events which have provided a global review of the Convention’s advancement through the years, its challenges, and how it continues to mold the future of enforcement.

The Singapore 60th Anniversary was held at the Stephen Riady Auditorium and featured an illustrious line-up of speakers and commentators. The keynote remarks were delivered by Justice Anselmo Reyes of the Singapore International Commercial Court, with distinguished panelists representing the international arbitration community in Singapore providing context and analysis about enforcement in practice. Herbert Smith Freehills unveiled the results of their 2018 International Arbitration Survey, with expert commentary from practitioners and academics in Singapore. Finally, the evening closed with a discussion led by Mr Alastair Henderson of Herbert Smith Freehills, Professor Nadja Alexander of SMU School of Law and SIDRA, and Justice Anselmo Reyes on the future of enforcement in regard to arbitration, litigation, and mediation.

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