Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, has chaired an energy arbitration debate at the Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) Arbitration Summer Symposium. At the symposium on 9 June, significant current and future trends in international arbitration were debated by leading industry figures.
Opening with a keynote presentation by Dr Robert Gaitskell QC, barrister and arbitrator at Keating Chambers, the symposium continued with analyses of construction and engineering arbitration, maritime arbitration, the use of ADR in competition and antitrust law cases, and the relationship between offshore jurisdictions and arbitration. Later in the day, Brandon Malone introduced a panel discussion on the latest trends in energy arbitration in Asia, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Russia. Panel members included Colin Johnson of Grant Thornton and Charlie Lightfoot of Jenner & Block.
The day’s event then concluded with a panel discussion on the enforcement of arbitral awards, and an “Ask the Arbitrator” session. Arbitrators responding to questions from the floor included Rashda Rana SC, barrister and arbitrator at 39 Essex Chambers, President of ArbitralWomen and a member of the Centre’s ICCA bid advisory panel; and Juliet Blanch, Head of International Dispute Resolution at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and Chair of the Centre’s Arbitral Appointments International Sub-Committee.
Brandon Malone said:
“I was pleased to be given the opportunity of chairing the energy arbitration debate at the CDR Symposium. Colin Johnson and Charlie Lightfoot gave an interesting discussion of regional perspectives and the changing landscapes of energy arbitration. The day’s varied programme allowed fruitful discussion of a range of international arbitration issues.”