Baker McKenzie launches a new and expanded edition of the Cross-Border Enforcement Center, a high-level comparative analysis of the enforcement of court judgments and arbitration awards across 44 jurisdictions, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

At the height of a pandemic, companies around the world are bracing themselves for an increase in disputes, the first signs of which are already starting to emerge. These include disputes over contracts, property and payment defaults, amongst others. As a result, companies are more likely than ever before to find themselves having to enforce judgments and arbitration awards across borders.

The legal landscape for cross-border enforcement has also changed dramatically over the last few years. New conventions, such as the Hague Judgments Convention and the Singapore Mediation, have emerged, whilst existing ones, such as the New York Convention and Hague Choice of Court Convention, continue to add signatories.

The Cross-Border Enforcement Center draws upon the expertise of our global dispute resolution team, consisting of over 1,000 lawyers in 78 offices, and features 13 new jurisdictions:

  • Argentina
  • Belarus
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Peru
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela

For the first time, the Cross-Border Enforcement Center is offered in an electronic handbook format, as well as the existing interactive website format. It also features reciprocal enforcement maps for every jurisdiction, allowing clients to see all reciprocal enforcement arrangements at a glance.

Access the interactive website or download the handbook.


Dr. Habib Al Mulla is the Executive Chairman of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International and the Head of the Dispute Resolution practice in the UAE. He is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities with over 34 years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr. Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is Chairman of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) UAE Committee and most recently served as Chairman of the board of trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).


Mohamed El Khatib is the UAE Head of the Litigation practice of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, based in Dubai. Mohamed has over 25 years’ experience (including over 17 years in the UAE) in litigation across a number of industries and areas of UAE law including criminal, civil, banking, corporate disputes, real estate, construction and employment.


Andrew Mackenzie is the UAE Head of the International Arbitration, Construction & Offshore Litigation practices of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, based in Dubai. He specialises in international arbitration law, with a particular focus on construction, energy, technology and financial institution disputes. Andrew has been based in the UAE for over 10 years and also has full rights of audience in the DIFC courts. He has advised on complex commercial disputes under a variety of civil and common law systems from across MENA and Africa, tried cases in all of the major arbitration forums (both treaty-based and commercial) and also sits as an arbitrator.

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