Legislation based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985), with amendments as adopted in 2006 (the “Model Law”) has been adopted in 80 States in a total of 111 jurisdictions, including Canada, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon.
The legislation in Ontario, Canada, amends previous legislation based on the Model Law and is based on the text, with amendments as adopted in 2006, of the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.
Recent jurisdictions to enact Model Law legislation include:
In 2018: British Columbia (the legislation amends previous legislation based on the Model Law).
In 2017: Australian Capital Territory, Fiji, Jamaica, Mongolia, Qatar, and South Africa.
In 2016: Myanmar, Republic of Korea, and Uganda.
The continued expansion of an already substantial number of jurisdictions enacting Model Law legislation means even greater harmonization of national laws through all stages of the commercial arbitration process, from the arbitration agreement itself, to the recognition and enforcement of a commercial arbitration award obtained in one state by the courts in another state.
Please see our related practice areas webpages on International Commercial Arbitration, on Cross-Border Litigation, and on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards.
The author is a lawyer who has practiced in Ontario, Canada, London, England, Bermuda and Dubai. He is also admitted to practice in New York State, but currently practices only the laws of Ontario and Canada.
He also accepts appointment as an international commercial arbitrator.