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European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration of 1961 Done at Geneva, April 21, 1961 United Nations, Treaty Series , vol. 484, p. 364 No. 7041 (1963-1964)

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Article I - Scope of the Convention

Article II - Right of Legal Persons of Public Law to Resort to Arbitration

Article III - Right of Foreign Nationals to be Designated as Arbitrators

Article IV - Organization of the Arbitration

Article V - Plea as to Arbitral Jurisdiction

Article VI - Jurisdiction of Courts of Law

Article VII - Applicable Law

Article VIII - Reasons for the Award

Article IX - Setting Aside of the Arbitral Award

Article X - Final Clauses

Annex COMPOSITION AND PROCEDURE OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE REFERRED TO IN Article IV OF THE CONVENTION

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European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration of 1961 Done at Geneva, April 21, 1961 United Nations, Treaty Series , vol. 484, p. 364 No. 7041 (1963-1964)

Article VI - Jurisdiction of Courts of Law

1. A plea as to the jurisdiction of the court made before the court seized by either party to the arbitration agreement, on the basis of the fact that an arbitration agreement exists shall, under penalty of estoppel, be presented by the respondent before or at the same time as the presentation of his substantial defence, depending upon whether the law of the court seized regards this plea as one of procedure or of substance.

2. In taking a decision concerning the existence or the validity of an arbitration agreement, courts of Contracting States shall examine the validity of such agreement with reference to the capacity of the parties, under the law applicable to them, and with reference to other questions.

(a) under the law to which the parties have subjected their arbitration agreement;

(b) failing any indication thereon, under the law of the country in which the award is to be made;

(c) failing any indication as to the law to which the parties have subjected the agreement, and where at the time when the question is raised in court the country in which the award is to be made cannot be determined, under the competent law by virtue of the rules of conflict of the court seized of the dispute.

The courts may also refuse recognition of the arbitration agreement if under the law of their country the dispute is not capable of settlement by arbitration.

3. Where either party to an arbitration agreement has initiated arbitration proceedings before any resort is had to a court, courts of Contracting States subsequently asked to deal with the same subject-matter between the same parties or with the question whether the arbitration agreement was non-existent or null and void or had lapsed, shall stay their ruling on the arbitrator's jurisdiction until the arbitral award is made, unless they have good and substantial reasons to the contrary.

4. A request for interim measures or measures of conservation addressed to a judicial authority shall not be deemed incompatible with the arbitration agreement, or regarded as a submission of the substance of the case to the court.


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