Judicial Review in International Arbitration: The Swedish Supreme Court Decision in the Uganda Case* – Vol. 1 No. 4

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AuthorKaj I. Hobér**

Published: December 1990

Description: On April 18, 1989, the Supreme Court of Sweden handed down its long-awaited and much-heralded decision in the so-called Uganda Case. The case concerned a challenge by the Republic of Uganda and the National Housing and Construction Corporation of Uganda (collectively the “Ugandan parties”) of an award in an arbitration with the Israeli companies Solel Boneh International Ltd. and Water Resources Development (International) Ltd. (collectively the “Israeli parties”).

In its decision, the Supreme court treated two questions of great importance to international arbitration in Sweden: (i) To what extent does a Swedish court have jurisdiction to hear a claim that an award handed down in Sweden in an arbitration between two foreign parties is void or voidable; and (ii) may parties, before any dispute has arisen, waive their right to seek judicial review of an award?

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*Arbitral & Judicial Decisions
**Partner, White & Case.