Joinder of non-consenting parties: the Singapore International Commercial Court approach meets transnational recognition and enforcement

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Abstract

In this article we explore the approach of the Singapore International Commercial Court (the ‘SICC’) to jurisdiction and joinder of non-consenting parties, and way that any resulting judgments are likely to be treated by foreign enforcing courts. This novel juncture arises as international commercial courts, such as the SICC, rely predominantly upon party autonomy to enliven their jurisdiction over disputants. This does not require any territorial link of the parties or the dispute to the host jurisdiction (Singapore). At the same time, however, the SICC is granted a mandate under Singaporean law to join non-consenting parties, again with no necessary territorial link. Where such joinder occurs, any resulting judgment is likely to face significant difficulties if recognition and enforcement is sought outside of Singapore. To support this argument, we first set out the ways in which non-consenting disputants may be joined to proceedings before the SICC, and offer some initial thoughts on how these powers are likely to be exercised. Second, we argue that any such exercise of jurisdiction – that lacks either territorial or consent-based jurisdiction grounds – is unlikely to gain support internationally, by reference to transnational recognition and enforcement approaches, and the SICC’s most likely recognition and enforcement destinations. Finally, we offer some concluding remarks about the utility of international commercial court proceedings against nonconsenting parties, including the possibility they may impact on domestic recognition and enforcement approaches in foreign States.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-110
Number of pages13
JournalErasmus Law Review
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • International commercial courts
  • International business courts
  • Third parties
  • Third party joinder
  • Recognition and enforcement

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