About Us

Formed in October 2016, the Judicial Insolvency Network (“JIN”) is a network of insolvency judges from across the world. It serves as a platform for sustained and continuous engagement for the furtherance of the following objectives:

Members and Observers of the Judicial Insolvency Network

Judges from:

  • the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York
  • the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
  • the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario)
  • the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (observer)

Judges from Australia (Federal Court and New South Wales), Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Canada (Ontario), the Cayman Islands, England & Wales, Singapore and the United States of America (Delaware and Southern District of New York), as well as a judge from Hong Kong SAR, who joined as an observer, participated in the inaugural conference of the Judicial Insolvency Network (“JIN”) which was held on 10 and 11 October 2016 in Singapore.  The conference, which was hosted by the Supreme Court of Singapore, concluded with the issuance of a set of guidelines for court-to-court communication and cooperation titled “Guidelines for Communication and Cooperation between Courts in Cross-Border Insolvency Matters”, also known as the JIN Guidelines. The courts of most of these jurisdictions have adopted the JIN Guidelines. For a list of courts which have adopted the JIN Guidelines to date, please see Initiatives.

Since the inaugural conference in October 2016, the JIN has expanded to include judges from the following:

(a) The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida

(b) The National Commercial Court of Argentina

(c) The Sao Paolo State Court of Justice, First Bankruptcy Court of Sao Paolo, Brazil

(d) The Seoul Bankruptcy Court

(e) The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (as an observer)

(f) The Tokyo District Court (as an observer)

(g) The Supreme Court of Japan (as an observer)

The JIN recognises that some judges may prefer, as a prelude to membership, to first observe and experience the JIN’s deliberations. Adoption of the JIN Guidelines is not a prerequisite to membership in the JIN. Conversely, a court which does not have representation in the JIN may also adopt the JIN Guidelines.

The JIN is committed to achieving a greater understanding of different legal systems. In the pursuit of that objective, the JIN will progressively increase its membership to ensure that different legal systems and traditions are represented within its fold. It is hoped that this deeper understanding will eventually foster more effective communication and cooperation and a convergence in judicial thinking and philosophies in cross-border insolvency and restructuring matters. The JIN believes that this is important in today’s globalised economy.