Enforcing arbitral awards in Ukraine

Mariia a.k.a. Masha is Ukrainian and, as part of the Safe Harbor for UA Students initiative, joined our team as intern from March to June 2022. Masha is to graduate soon with an LL.B. in International Law from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv this summer. Next to her legal studies, she worked for a Kyiv-based law firm last summer, joined Arbitrator Intelligence as a research assistant and ambassador earlier this year and is a committed Vis mootie.


Ukraine has been known as a hub for commercial activity since ancient times. Due to its beneficial geographical position, Ukraine has been referred to as “The Gates of Europe”. No wonder, then, that the groundwork for the functioning of arbitration in Ukraine has a long history.

That being said, acquiring independence from the USSR in 1991 started a new page for the development of arbitration in Ukraine. Apart from the domestic mechanisms inherited from the Soviet Union, Ukraine has developed a practice for solving international disputes that meets international standards. That is why it has become an attractive jurisdiction for arbitration.

The International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (hereinafter “ICAC at the UCC”) is now one of the most reputable arbitration institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, considering 300-600 cases every year.[1] Moreover, in recent years Ukraine put a lot of effort in creating a favourable environment for businesses. All of this has led to considerable demand for arbitration in Ukraine and its further development.

[1] See https://icac.org.ua/en/arbitrazh/.

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