The Scottish Arbitration Centre has again sponsored the University of Edinburgh’s Pre-Vis Moot event. It also supported its Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution in Practice conference, which was held in in Edinburgh on Friday 10 March.
The conference focused on multi-tier dispute resolution in practice, discussing critical issues surrounding multi-tier clauses and the methods referred therein. In particular, topics such as tactics in a multi-tier setting and enforcement of multi-tier clauses were covered and dispute resolution methods such as dispute boards and mediation were examined.
Opening and closing remarks were provided by the Rt Hon Lord Hope of Craighead, and the Centre was well represented. Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Centre, chaired the session on dispute boards; Lindy Patterson QC, Member of the Centre’s Arbitral Appointment Committee, spoke on multi-tier dispute resolution clauses and chaired the session on tactics in a multi-tier setting; Hew Dundas, Honorary Vice-President of the Centre, was also involved in the session on tactic; and Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, addressed delegates on Edinburgh hosting the International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress in 2020 (ICCA 2020). A number of speakers flew in from London and elsewhere, included Ellis Baker, Head of Construction and Engineering at White and Case in London; Dr Cyril Chern of Crown Office Chambers in London; Jane Davies-Evans of 3 Verulam Buildings in London; Kate Wilford of Hogan Lovells in London; and James Hope of Advokatfirman Vinge in Stockholm.
The 6th Edinburgh International Willem Vis Pre-Moot was held after the conference on 11 and 12 March. The Vis Pre-Moot was created by Edinburgh Law School to give students an opportunity to hone their skills prior to the finals for the Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna and its sister moot in Hong Kong. At this, the 6th annual Pre-Moot, 15 student teams from nine jurisdictions met in Edinburgh and were asked to plead against one another. This included teams from England, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, China and Japan. Teams from Edinburgh and Robert Gordon Universities also competed. The competition allowed students and arbitration practitioners to come together for training and mutual inspiration. In order to give them a professional audience and realistic feedback the competition was supported by 45 professionals who acted as moot arbitrators.
Thanking the Centre for its support Dr Simone Lamont-Black, the founder of the Edinburgh Vis Moot Project, organiser of the conference and lecturer in international trade law at the University of Edinburgh, said:
“The conference was an extremely informative event and we were very pleased to host such a team of eminent speakers on the topic and especially delighted that the Rt. Hon. Lord Hope agreed to open and close the conference. The moot was also a great success, bringing around 120 people together in Edinburgh for the event, including 15 teams from around the world and 45 practitioners.”
Andrew Mackenzie said:
“We were delighted to be able to support the University of Edinburgh’s dispute resolution conference and the practice competition in advance of the Willem Vis Moot in Vienna. It is encouraging to see international students and senior practitioners from far and wide coming to Scotland to attend international arbitration events, with delegates and speakers from England, Germany, Sweden and even Japan involved in the conference and moot. We hope to see more of this as we work towards ICCA 2020.”