- Foreign arbitral awards — Common law recognition — Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
This chapter examines the various methods by which foreign arbitral awards are enforced in England. Like a foreign judgment, a foreign arbitral award may be enforced in England in a variety of ways. An action may be brought at common law to recover the sum awarded. Statutory provision is also made for the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. The Limitation Act 1980 provides that an action to enforce an award ‘shall not be brought after the expiration of six years from the date on which the cause of action accrued’. This provision applies regardless of the method of enforcement. This chapter considers enforcement of foreign arbitral awards at common law and under the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982, the Arbitration Act 1950, the Arbitration Act 1996, the Administration of Justice Act 1920, the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1933, and the Arbitration (International Investment Disputes) Act 1966.
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