Second Circuit Concludes That Nigerian Ruling on Enforcement of Arbitration Award Is Entitled to Comity

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently partially refused to enforce a foreign arbitration award on the ground that it was required to give comity to a foreign court decision concerning that award.

Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd. entered into a contractual agreement with the Nigerian government to develop Nigerian oil fields. The agreement provided that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. (NNPC) was entitled to obtain (“lift”) portions of the extracted oil. The agreement also included an arbitration clause requiring arbitration in Nigeria…

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