The Scottish Arbitration Centre was delighted to welcome a group of visiting students from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee on Friday. The group of fourteen students, led by Professor Pieter Bekker, CEPMLP Chair in International Law, were visiting Edinburgh to participate in a mock arbitration tribunal held at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP earlier that day.
During their visit to the Centre, the group of students from Colombia, Eritrea, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nigeria and Peru received a talk from Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Centre, about the promotional work of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and arbitration in Scotland. He encouraged the international group of students to get involved in the promotion of arbitration following their studies, to use arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism during their legal careers, and to sit on arbitration panels and set up arbitration centres in their home countries.
This is the second annual visit from students at the CEPMLP in conjunction with their field trip to CMS in Edinburgh.
The Scottish Arbitration Centre and the CEPMLP work together on various projects, notably the International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA) which published its Initial Report on Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector in May 2015 and is considering further research and the development of bespoke energy arbitration rules.
Professor Bekker said:
“The presence of the Scottish Arbitration Centre in Edinburgh provides our Dundee arbitration students with a unique opportunity to see an actual arbitral institution at work and to appreciate Scotland as a place of arbitration, including for energy disputes. The students were especially interested to find out more about the International Centre for Energy Arbitration, a joint venture between the CEPMLP and the SAC. We are most grateful to Chairman Malone and his dedicated staff for hosting us again this year.”