CIArb Features

Reversing arbitral awards under the UNCITRAL Model Law

02 Jan 2018

Ontario Court of Appeal confirms high bar for reversing arbitral awards under the UNCITRAL Model Law

2 January 2018

Canadian public policy endeavours to limit judicial intervention when parties have contractually agreed to resolve disputes by arbitration. Lauren Tomasich and Eric Morgan of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP highlight a case which affirms this.

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently confirmed the very high bar in Ontario to overturning international arbitral awards under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law (the Model Law).

Decision background

Consolidated Contractors Group S.A.L. (Offshore) v. Ambatovy Minerals S.A. was an appeal from an unsuccessful challenge to an international commercial arbitration award. The appellant, Consolidated Contractors Group (CCG), challenged the Superior Court of Justice’s decision to uphold the a