Scotland was nominated as a jurisdiction that made great progress by Global Arbitration Review. The nomination was announced at the 7th Annual GAR Awards Ceremony in Milan on 29 March.
Scotland was recognised for achievements including the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s celebration of its 5th year of operation and the Centre winning the bid for Edinburgh to host the ICCA congress in 2020.
India was announced as the winner of the award. Other nominated jurisdictions were Switzerland, Singapore, Russia, Qatar and Hong Kong.
The event raised money for the Swawou School Foundation in Sierra Leone and also launched GAR’s Arbitrator Research Tool and included the unveiling of this year’s GAR 30.
The ceremony saw White & Case being presented with the much sought after top spot of the GAR30 law firms, and a lifetime achievement award introduced by Charles Kaplan went to W. Lawrence Craig.
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, and Brandon Malone, Chairman, attended the ceremony on Wednesday and also the launch of the ICC Revised Rules of Arbitration yesterday at the Camera Arbitrale di Milano. Today they will represent Scotland at the IBA International Arbitration Day conference.
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“It is a great honour for Scotland to be recognised by Global Arbitration Review at its prestigious award ceremony this year. This nomination is recognition from the international community of the development of Scotland as an international arbitration jurisdiction and further demonstrates the milestones being achieved to place Scotland firmly alongside other well-developed international arbitration jurisdictions.”