On Monday, March 28, the Supreme Court of the United States called for the views of the Solicitor General regarding the Government of Belize’s petition for a writ of certiorari from a decision by the D.C. Circuit. Belize’s petition asks the Court to resolve a circuit split between the D.C. and Second Circuits regarding the vitality of the forum non conveniens doctrine, and provide much needed guidance as to the proper balancing of public policy interests, when U.S. courts are asked to enforce foreign arbitration awards.
"We are pleased that the United States Supreme Court is giving careful attention to these important issues," noted Juan C. Basombrio of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, counsel to Belize.
This case involves the enforceability of an arbitration award in U.S. courts that is similar to one which the Caribbean Court of Justice, the highest court in Belize, recently held to be unenforceable, because to do otherwise would disregard Belize’s “core constitutional values” and “attack the foundations upon which the rule of law and democracy are constructed throughout the Caribbean.”
The case is Belize v. Belize Social Development Ltd., No. 15-830. Belize is represented by Juan C. Basombrio, Steven J. Wells and Timothy J. Droske of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.