New Zealand

The Legal Framework for Arbitration

General Information

  • UNCITRAL Model-Law based: Yes.

  • Legal Provisions: Arbitration Act 1996, as amended by the Arbitration Amendment Act 2016, in force from 1 March 2017.

Arbitral Institutions

  • New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (NZIAC)

  • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (NZDRC)

Multilateral Conventions

  • New York Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 6 January 1983); reservations: In accordance with paragraph 3 of article 1 of the Convention, the Government of New Zealand declares that it will apply the Convention, on the basis of reciprocity, to the recognition and enforcement of awards made only in the territory of another Contracting State.
    Accession to the Convention by the Government of New Zealand shall not extend for the time being, pursuant to article X of the Convention, to the Cook Islands and Niue.

  • European Convention: No.

  • ICSID Convention: Yes (ratification/accession: 2 April 1980).

  • Energy Charter Treaty: No.


Last updated February 2019