In September, the Centre’s Chairman, Brandon Malone, and Chief Executive, Andrew Mackenzie, attended the IBA Annual Conference in Washington DC. The IBA Annual Conference is one of the biggest events in the Centre’s calendar for international promotion of Scottish arbitration. As well as a busy working programme including sessions from leading arbitration practitioners, the conference provides an excellent opportunity to network with some of the many thousands of international legal and arbitration professionals in attendance. Our recent, successful bid to bring the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress to Edinburgh in 2020 is a testament to the value of international profile-raising among the world’s arbitration community at international events such as IBA.
In addition to attending various arbitration sessions, Brandon and Andrew engaged with numerous international lawyers at various breakfasts, lunches, and receptions, promoting the Centre, Scottish arbitration and Scotland as seat and venue for international arbitration. Events attended included; the IBA President’s private reception at the impressive United States Institute of Peace; the Debevoise & Plimpton reception; the GlobalScot networking lunch at Williams Mullen, hosted by Robert Dewar, their DC-based Scottish Partner; the KPMG Forensic reception as a guest of Martin Dougall, their Melbourne-based Scottish Partner; the ArbitralWomen Breakfast and Panel; the Hughes Hubbard & Reed reception; and a private lunch hosted by Stewarts Law. Other engagements attended included evening receptions hosted by the Centre’s corporate members CMS; Hogan Lovells; and King & Spalding, as well as events by BDO; Law Council of Australia; Miles & Stockbridge; Peters & Peters; Stikeman Elliot; Thomson Reuters; TransPerfect; and White & Case. Brandon Malone also attended the Advocate General’s breakfast reception, and a reception hosted by the Bar Councils of England and Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the Scottish Faculty of Advocates.
Andrew Mackenzie is currently the Communications Officer for the IBA Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee and was in attendance at the Committee’s meeting, which this year reported on an international survey on children and access to justice. The Committee will also be developing a survey and report access to justice for those with mental or physical disabilities, a report on the economic case for legal aid, and engage in a joint project guidelines on the principles and practice that should underpin an effective legal aid system. Reports of the Committee can be accessed here: http://www.ibanet.org/PPID/Constituent/AccesstoJustice_LegalAid/Default.aspx
Representing the IBA Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, Andrew also sits on the IBA Presidential Task force on Climate Justice, which met at IBA DC. The work was initiated following a plea from Mary Robinson at IBA Dublin in 2012. Baroness Kennedy and an environmental lawyer then co-authored a report into climate change and human rights (see link: http://www.ibanet.org/PresidentialTaskForceCCJHR2014.aspx). The IBA is now implementing the findings of the report. Andrew is particularly involved in the dispute resolution aspects of implementation, working with Wendy Miles QC, who sits on the Task Force on behalf of the IBA Arbitration Committee. Following the IBA Mid-Year Meeting in Barcelona, Andrew facilitated a deal which saw IBA agreeing to work with CEPMLP at the University of Dundee. CEPMLP will manage the IBA expert list of practitioners involved in environmental law, thus providing a prestigious role for a Scottish university.