An assessment of the success of the Convention on Choice of Court Agreements 2005 as an instrument of transnational commercial dispute resolution

Author: Samuel Maireg Biresaw

ISSN: 2521-2575
Affiliations: Lecturer, School of Law, Debre Tabor University
Source: Journal of Corporate and Commercial Law & Practice, Volume 7 Issue 2, 2021, p. 168 – 198


The Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (Convention), which was developed by the Hague Convention on Private International Law (HCCH) is a transnational litigation instrument adopted in 2005 and brought into force in 2015. By providing the required methods and tools to disputants in a commercial relationship, the objective of the Convention is to create an internationally uniform legal framework of dispute resolution that promotes cross-border trade and encourages judicial cooperation by recognising and enforcing foreign judgments that are given based on a choice of court agreement. This article assesses the existing successes of the Convention in achieving its specific commercial objectives, and considers whether it has been generally successful in transnational commercial dispute resolution. The article argues that the Convention has the tools needed to achieve its specific commercial objectives, and its success in this regard depends on the parties who choose to apply the tools provided in the Convention to resolve their commercial disputes by signing a choice of court agreement to that effect. I argue that although the Convention remained generally unsuccessful until 2015, due to its late enforcement and low rate of ratifications, since 2015 it has gradually become a success story as more states are ratifying the Convention. The future therefore looks bright.