A year after it entered into force in EU countries, the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements of 30 June 2005 will enter into force in Singapore tomorrow (1 October 2016).
I covered the basics of the Convention in my post last year. Since then, the the UK has voted for Brexit. This could add to the Convention’s importance. Post Brexit, the UK could sign up to the Hague Convention in its own right (not as part of the EU). This would make sure that, in other Convention States (1) jurisdiction clauses in favour of the English courts and (2) recognition and enforcement of English judgments, would continue to be effective.
It is important to remember, though, that the Convention applies only to choice of court agreements in “civil or commercial matters” (subject to certain exclusions, e.g. consumer and employment contracts).
Finally, the Convention may be spreading. In the last year, the Ukraine has signed the Convention (on 21 March 2016) but not ratified it.