Arbitration is crafted in a way that can satisfy parties’ interest from the beginning until final award is rendered. In each step, decisions rendered by arbitrators may potentially affect the interest of adversarial parties. Any one closely following the evolvement of international commercial arbitration will not be surprised to see interim measures of protection become a centre of debate. From the publication of scholarly articles until the amendment of UNICTRAL model law, the international arbitration community is making various efforts to adopt uniform application and enforcement of interim measures of protection in international commercial arbitration.
Yet, Ethiopia’s arbitration law is not lucky enough to share from this chalice. Ethiopia’s arbitration law is currently regulated by the 1960 Civil Code (CC) and the 1965 Civil Procedure Code (CPC). Form the close reading of both codes, it is easy to notice that there is huge involvement of national courts in arbitration proceedings. This sentiment towards arbitration tribunals is manifested through the broad construction of the provisions found in the codes.
This paper aims at dissecting the anatomy of interim measures of protection in international commercial arbitration in Ethiopia. The application and enforcement of interim measures of protection in Ethiopia is better fleshed out through closer examination of provisions in CPC. It also seeks to argue that Ethiopia needs to become party to the 1958 New York Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (NYC) and enact new arbitration law. This and other similar moves will help the arbitration regime to become firmer, party friendly, modern and stable.
This essay will have three sections: the first section will give a short overview of how arbitration works in Ethiopia followed by a legal and case law analysis of the application and enforcement of interim measures of protection in international commercial arbitration in Ethiopia. The last section is dedicated to propose solutions to solve the existing conundrum in relation to application and enforcement of interim measures of protection in international commercial arbitration in Ethiopia.