Enforcement of a foreign judgment

This table sets out which enforcement treaties/conventions a jurisdiction is signatory to.

This table has been derived from the Country Q&As of the multi-jurisdictional guide to dispute resolution. For a full list of jurisdictional Q&As visit www.practicallaw.com/dispute-mjg

Jurisdiction

What enforcement treaties/conventions is your jurisdiction a signatory to?

Argentina

  • Inter-American Convention on Extraterritorial Validity of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards.

  • Montevideo Treaty of International Procedural Law 1889.

  • Las Leñas Protocol.

  • Bilateral treaties with France, Italy, Brazil, China, Russia and Tunisia.

Bermuda

Enforcement of Foreign Judgments see Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1958, the Judgments Extension Order 1956 and the Judgment (Reciprocal Enforcement) Australia Order 1988 together with section 27 above.

Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards is straightforward, as Bermuda has the benefit and burden of the obligations in the New York Convention 1958.

Brazil

The procedure to enforce a foreign award is always the same, regardless of the country where the award was made.

British Virgin Islands

Under the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgment Act 1922, money judgments from the High Court of England and Wales and the Court of Session in Scotland, as well as the following jurisdictions (among others) can be enforced:

  • Australian Capital Territory.

  • Bahamas.

  • Barbados.

  • Belize.

  • Bermuda.

  • Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • Guyana.

  • Jamaica.

  • New South Wales.

  • Commonwealth of Australia.

Money judgments from other jurisdictions, including the US, are enforceable at common law.

Canada

  • All provinces except Québec have enacted reciprocal enforcement legislation in respect of UK judgments.

  • Judgments from other jurisdictions can be sued upon in local courts and are frequently enforced provided they satisfy the "real and substantial connection" test and other requirements.

Cayman Islands

Only The Foreign Judgments Reciprocal Enforcement (Australia and its External Territories) Order 1993, although judgments obtained in jurisdictions subject to the Foreign Judgments Reciprocal Enforcement Law (1996 Revision) (Enforcement Law) can be registered in the Cayman Islands within six years of being obtained.

China

  • Arrangement on Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters with Hong Kong (REJA).

  • Bilateral enforcement treaties with certain communist or former communist countries such as Bulgaria and Vietnam.

Cyprus

Cyprus is a member of the EU and all EU enforcement procedures are available.

The registration of judgments obtained in the UK is governed by the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Law 1935 and the rules made under the Law by an Order in Council.

Cyprus is also bound by bilateral treaties relating to the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments with Bulgaria, China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Syria, and it is a signatory to various multilateral conventions relating to the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Egypt

  • UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958 (New York Convention).

  • Convention of the Arab League on the Enforcement of Judgments and Arbitral Awards 1952.

  • Bilateral treaty with France.

Germany

  • Brussels Regulation.

  • 2007 Lugano Convention.

  • Bilateral treaties with Israel, Tunis and Turkey, among others.

Guernsey

None. Enforcement of foreign judgments is permissible:

  • On the grounds of reciprocity (covers UK judgments), according to:

    • the Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) (Guernsey) Law 1957;

    • the Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) (Guernsey) Ordinance 1973;

    • the Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) (Guernsey) Rules 1972.

  • In common law (covers US judgments).

India

Indian courts have jurisdiction only with regard to countries that are notified under Section 44 A (Execution of decrees passed by Courts in reciprocating territory) of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908.

The following are reciprocating territories. For non-reciprocating countries, see Question 29, Dispute Resolution multi-jurisdictional guide.

  • United Kingdom.

  • United States of America.

  • Switzerland.

  • Germany.

  • Aden.

  • Fiji.

  • Republic of Singapore.

  • Federation of Malaya.

  • Trinidad and Tobago

  • New Zealand, the Cook Islands (including Niue) and the Trust Territories of Western Samoa.

  • Hong Kong.

  • Papua and New Guinea.

  • Bangladesh.

  • United Arab Emirates.

Japan

A foreign judgment is recognised if it is final and satisfies all of the following requirements:

  • The foreign court had jurisdiction over the case based on Japanese law or a treaty to which Japan is a party.

  • The process was duly served on the unsuccessful party, or the unsuccessful party voluntarily answered the complaint.

  • The foreign judgment and the foreign court proceedings are not incompatible with public policy in Japan.

  • The foreign country recognises a similar judgment rendered in Japan (reciprocity).

Jersey

None. Enforcement of foreign judgments is permissible under the Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) (Jersey) Law 1960 (including England and Wales) and by common/customary law (including US).

Luxembourg

  • Brussels Regulation.

  • 1988 Lugano Convention.

  • Convention of 1971 between Luxembourg and Austria on the recognition and the execution of judgments and authentic documents in civil and commercial matters.

  • Treaty of 1961 between Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg on jurisdiction, insolvency proceedings and the authority and execution of judgments, arbitration awards and authentic documents.

  • New York Convention.

  • European Enforcement Orde

Mexico

New York Convention.

Romania

  • Brussels Regulation.

  • 2007 Lugano Convention.

  • 18 bilateral treaties including with Turkey, China and Russia.

Judgments of countries not covered by the above instruments, including US, are enforceable through a special procedure (reciprocity is a substantive requirement).

South Africa

  • New York Convention.

  • Namibia has been specifically recognised by the Enforcement of Foreign Civil Judgement Act 32 of 1988 as a country whose judgments can be enforced by registering the judgment with a South African court.

Switzerland

2007 Lugano Convention.

Tanzania

The Reciprocal Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Act provides for reciprocal enforcement of judgments of:

  • Lesotho.

  • Botswana.

  • Sri Lanka.

  • Mauritius.

  • New South Wales.

  • Zambia.

  • Seychelles.

  • Somalia.

  • Zimbabwe.

  • The Kingdom of Swaziland.

  • The UK.

Turkey

  • Bilateral treaties with, among others, Italy, Romania, Tunisia, China, Macedonia, Egypt, and Poland.

  • The Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters 1971.

  • The Washington Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes 1965.

UK (England & Wales)

  • Brussels Regulation.

  • 2007 Lugano Convention.

  • European Enforcement Order.

Administration of Justice Act 1920 covers the enforcement of judgments from, among others:

  • Singapore.

  • Seychelles.

  • Kenya.

  • Cayman Islands.

  • British Virgin Islands.

  • New Zealand.

    Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933 covers the enforcement of judgments from, among others:

  • India.

  • Australia.

  • Israel.

  • Canada.

United Arab Emirates

  • The Riyadh Arab Agreement for Judicial Cooperation.

  • Bilateral treaties with India and France, among others.

 
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