The Scottish Arbitration Centre has submitted its final written bid for Edinburgh to host the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress 2020.
ICCA is a worldwide non-governmental organisation devoted to promoting the use, and improving the processes of arbitration and other forms of international commercial dispute resolution. Its activities include convening international arbitration congresses and conferences, sponsoring authoritative dispute resolution publications, and promoting the harmonisation of arbitration and conciliation rules, laws and practices. The ICCA Congress is the world’s largest conference devoted to international arbitration. The previous two ICCA congresses, held in Singapore and Miami, each attracted over 1,000 arbitration professionals.
In December ICCA confirmed that Edinburgh had been pre-selected to bid after the Centre submitted its initial bid in November. The other cities eligible to bid to host ICCA 2020 are Copenhagen, Mexico City, Stockholm, St Petersburg, Vancouver and Vienna.
The bid has the support of the Prime Minister, the First Minister of Scotland, the Lord President of the Court of Session, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, the President of the Law Society of Scotland, the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, the Chairman of the Scottish Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Chief Executive of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Global, the Chairman of VisitScotland and the Chief Executive of Marketing Edinburgh.
In her letter of support dated 15 March, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland, said:
“I am pleased to support the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s bid to host the ICCA Congress in 2020.
Increasing the use of alternative dispute resolution is a priority for the Scottish Government and arbitration has a long history in Scotland, complimented by one of the most modern systems of arbitration in the world.
In the last five years, the Centre has continued to grow and develop rapidly; relocating to premises overlooking Edinburgh Castle, unveiling a formal arbitral appointments process, taking on the provision of administrative services to a new statutory dispute scheme, and being shortlisted for a number of awards, including the “Innovation in Arbitration” Award in 2016.
Edinburgh is ideally placed to host the ICCA 2020 Congress, with facilities and professionalism available in the city acknowledged by the meeting industry world-wide.”
David Cameron MP, the Prime Minister, said:
“I am confident that Scotland would be a fantastic place to host the Congress. It would provide an excellent opportunity for the Scottish Arbitration Centre to showcase just how much Scotland has to offer and to build on the already glowing reputation gained by the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.”
The Centre has also announced a list of leading individuals supporting the Edinburgh bid, who will constitute an advisory panel. Panel members will provide advice as required on approaches to the bid and, if successful, on preparations for ICCA 2020. The panel is as follows.
- Mark Appel, International Arbitrator at ArbDB Chambers and past Senior Vice President at ICDR/AAA
- David Arias, Partner at Arias, Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee and President of the Spanish Arbitration Club
- John Beechey, Chairman of the ICC UK Arbitration and ADR Committee and past President of ICC International Court of Arbitration
- Ruth Byrne, Partner at King & Spalding and Co-Chair of the London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
- Peter Scott Caldwell, Director at Caldwell Ltd and past Secretary-General of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
- Professor Peter Cameron, Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee and Co-Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration
- Philippa Charles, Head of International Arbitration at Stewarts Law
- Michael Davison, Head of Litigation and Arbitration at Hogan Lovells
- Alec Emmerson, Consultant at Clyde & Co in Dubai and Chief Executive of the DIFC Arbitration Institute
- Ania Farren, Special Counsel at K&L Gates and Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee
- Edward Fashole-Luke II, Managing Partner at Luke and Associates in Botswana
- John Fellas, Co-Chair of International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in New York
- Louis Flannery, Head of International Arbitration at Stephenson Harwood
- Rachel Foxton, Head of Practice Support at 20 Essex Street, past Director of Business Development and Communications at the SIAC and Member of ICCA Singapore Host Committee
- Lord Hope of Craighead, Arbitrator at Brick Court Chambers, past Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and former Lord President of the Court of Session in Scotland
- Colm Ó hOisín SC, Barrister, President of Arbitration Ireland and Member of ICCA Dublin Host Committee
- Dr Christopher Kee, Dean of Chinese Affairs for the University of Aberdeen and Senior Lecturer at the University’s School of Law and Co-Director of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
- Rory McAlpine, Dispute Resolution Partner at Skadden, Hong Kong
- Wendy Miles QC, Global Head of Arbitration at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, an elected Member of the Board of Trustees of CIArb and Secretary of the IBA Arbitration Committee.
- Reza Mohtashami, Dispute Resolution Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and President of the LCIA’s Arab Users’ Council
- Sophie Nappert, Arbitrator at 3 Verulam Buildings and founder of the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration
- Guy Pendell, Head of International Arbitration at CMS Cameron McKenna
- Rashda Rana SC, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and President of ArbitralWomen
- Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo, Director of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) and current President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Global
- Alan Redfern, Arbitrator at One Essex Court, pastVice-President of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and former non-executive Director of the LCIA
- Larry Schaner, Co-chair of International Arbitration at Jenner & Block and a past Vice-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee
- Nish Shetty, Dispute Resolution Partner at Clifford Chance Asia, Founding Chairman of the SIAC Users’ Council and a Member of the CII Task Force on Arbitration in India
- Ana Stanic, Founder of E&A Law and honorary lecturer in international arbitration at the University of Dundee
- Craig Tevendale, International Arbitration Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills
- Dr Claudius Triebold, Global Head of the Eversheds International Litigation and Arbitration Group, Switzerland
On announcing the advisory panel, Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“We are delighted to have the support of key domestic organisations, such as the Scottish and UK Governments, as well as global support from RICS’s 27 international offices.
In addition, our bid has the backing of some of the most influential names in international arbitration, including the current President of CIArb Global and Director of the KLRCA; the Co-Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee; the Vice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; the past President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; the Co-Chair of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group; the past Secretary-General of HKIAC; the Chief Executive of the DIFC Arbitration Institute; the past Director of Business Development and Communications at the SIAC; the past Deputy President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and former Lord President of the Court of Session in Scotland; the President of Arbitration Ireland; the Co-Director of the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot; and the President of ArbitralWomen. Crucially, we have advisors from previous ICCA Congress organising committees from Dublin and Singapore.”
Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Board of the Centre, said:
“We are very excited that Edinburgh has been pre-selected to bid to host ICCA 2020. There is stiff competition from six very worthy competitor cities, but we have confidence in Edinburgh’s offering, and look forward to presenting our bid to the ICCA Governing Council at ICCA 2016 in May. We are grateful for the support that we have received from government and professional bodies and in particular for the endorsement of the First Minister and Prime Minister. We have been overwhelmed by the offers of support from senior members of the international arbitration community.
Whilst there is no doubt that the Centre is now spreading Scotland’s arbitration message more widely than ever before, there is no single thing that we could do to promote Scottish arbitration, likely to have as big an impact as bringing the international arbitration community to Scotland for an ICCA Congress. Hosting the Congress in Edinburgh would allow international arbitration practitioners to see for themselves the many attractions that Scotland has to offer as an arbitral jurisdiction, and as a place to arbitrate, and would expose Scottish professionals to the world of international commercial arbitration and its potential benefits for Scottish business.”