Published: October 2003
Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
New York Convention
Description: Foreign judgments are recognized and enforced in Ukraine only if so provided in an international agreement to which Ukraine is a party. Ukraine, however, has international agreements on legal cooperation with only a very few countries. Court judgments in the United States, Western Europe and most other countries are not recognized or enforceable in Ukraine.
Ukraine is a signatory to the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (“New York Convention”). It is also a signatory to the 1961 European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration (“European Convention”). Thus, arbitral awards entered in any of the more than 125 countries that are signatories to the New York Convention or the European Convention are enforceable in Ukraine, making arbitration a vital component of any international contract involving Ukrainian parties.
The procedures for recognizing and enforcing a foreign arbitral award and a foreign court judgment in Ukraine are set forth below.
**Helen Z. Kryshtalowych is a partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Kyiv, Ukraine.
***Claudia T. Salomon is an associate at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, Prague, Czech Republic.