Enforcing arbitral awards in El Salvador

El Salvador is not a popular destination for international arbitrations. The Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration Law of El Salvador is not based on the current version of the UNICTRAL Model Law.

However, this may all change in the near future with the planned approval of a new arbitration act that aims to develop El Salvador into a hub for international commercial arbitrations in the region.

The planned new arbitration act is envisaged to be part of a strategy of the country to attract foreign investments, which comes alongside the recent approval of Bitcoin as a legal tender and of a law that exempts investors in the technology sector from the payment of taxes.

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Diego Melendez Hirezi

Diego Melendez Hirezi is a Salvadorean-qualified lawyer. He graduated from the Superior School of Business and Economics of El Salvador. Currently, he is a student in the International Dispute Resolution LL.M program at Berlin Humboldt University. For more than five years, he worked as an associate in the litigation and arbitration department of Arias Law, a […]

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The answers provided in this questionnaire are as of July 2023. Please note that the relevant legal provisions may be subject to amendments.