International Commercial Arbitration
- December 2013
Second High-Level Meeting on International Commercial Arbitration, organized by OAS Department of International Law and Judiciary of Chile, Ends on Successful Note
The Second High-Level Judicial Meeting on International Commercial Arbitration, organized by the OAS Department of International Law (DIL) and the Judiciary of Chile, was held from December 4-6 in Santiago, Chile. Among dignitaries featured at the opening ceremony were Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno Ducharme; President of the Supreme Court of Chile, Rubén Ballesteros; and Canadian Ambassador to Chile, Her Excellency Patricia Fuller.
"The opportunity the OAS provides – to reflect on the important role of national courts at the various stages of international commercial arbitration and to analyze the Panama and New York Conventions and the United Nations Model Arbitration Law – is a critical juncture for those judicial systems to standardize their jurisprudence so as to directly benefit our people and boost development of our economies," Foreign Minister Moreno said.
For his part, the Chief Justice noted that, "The
courts are called upon to play an important role in
numerous arbitration proceedings, during the
proceedings themselves or at the moment that an
arbitration decision is recognized and executed.
That's why judges need to know and discuss the main
concepts and international treaties governing the
subject area at present."
This Second Meeting, which brings together ministers
and senior judges from Bolivia, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, and Peru, is aimed at giving participants a
deeper understanding of the role of national courts
in foreign arbitration proceeding and awards,
through theoretical and expository discussions
facilitated by national and international experts,
and through interactive, joint analysis sessions.
The Meeting discussed the main international
instruments and legal principles covering this area,
as well as elements and requirements for validity of
the arbitration agreement, burden of proof in
recognizing and enforcing arbitration awards, and
judicial intervention at the beginning of, during,
and after an arbitration proceeding.
Also joining the 14 national and international
experts and 25 ministers and senior judges in the
sharing of knowledge, concerns, and experiences were
Dr. Rita Nava Susana Durán, Supreme Court judge
(Bolivia); Milton Juica, Supreme Court justice
(Chile); Gilberto Blanco, auxiliary judge of the
Civil Chamber, Supreme Court of Justice (Colombia);
Eduardo Bermúdez, national judge (Ecuador); Alvaro
Ojeda, national judge (Ecuador); Hugo Sivina,
President of the Constitutional and Social Law
Chamber of the Supreme Court (Peru); and Ana María
Aranda, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Head
of the Office of Magistracy Control of the Judicial
Branch (Peru), among other distinguished
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Dr. Dante Negro,
Director of the DIL, reiterated the OAS' commitment
to the promotion and development of international
law. He thanked the joint organizers, experts, and
participants for their dedication to the work
undertaken during the meeting.
To access the website of the project on
Enforceability of International Commercial
please click on this link.
Links / Documents related to the meeting:
International Commercial Arbitration: Award Enforcement
Project as part of the regional technical cooperation project of the OAS program
made possible with support from the Government
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