In a decree dated 13 January 2011, France enacted a reform of its already arbitration friendly law of domestic and international arbitration. The reforms - described in more detail in earlier Herbert Smith e-bulletins (available here in both French and English) - confirm and strengthen the long-standing French pro-arbitration policy. The changes ensure that the French arbitration law remains one of the most modern, keeping in step with changes in arbitration since the previous law was introduced, and maintain France's status as a preferred venue for international arbitration.