Vale Do Rio Doce Navegacao SA and another v Shanghai Bao Steel Ocean Shipping Co Ltd and Others: QBD 14 Apr 2000

An arbitration process which sought to join parties who denied being part of the contract for arbitration could not itself decide the contractual power to enforce the arbitration. Accordingly the High Court had no jurisdiction either to apply the arbitration exception to the Convention, or to act under its own practice direction, or to serve proceedings abroad under the Act.
Thomas J observed that it could not have been the intention that a party to a disputed arbitration agreement could obtain the decision of the courts on its existence without being subject to the restrictions contained in section 32 by the simple step of not appointing an arbitrator.


Thomas J


Times 16-May-2000, [2000] 2 All ER (Com) 70, [2000] EWHC 205 (Comm), [2000] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 1




Arbitration Act 1996, Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982, Arbitration Act 1996 32


England and Wales

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Arbitration, Jurisdiction

Updated: 06 August 2022; Ref: scu.90099