The International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) has announced that the theme for the next ICCA Congress programme will be “Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment”. ICCA Edinburgh will be hosted by the Scottish Arbitration Centre at the EICC between 10 and 13 May 2020.
The ICCA Congress is held every second year for the presentation and discussion of papers on different aspects of international dispute resolution. These meetings attract a large number of participants from all parts of the world and have made significant contributions to the development of dispute resolution theory and practice. The event attracts global attention from the legal professions and industry, and receives extensive coverage in the specialist press and wider media.
The Congress Programme Committee is co-chaired by Cavinder Bull (Singapore), Loretta Malintoppi (Italy), and Constantine Partasides (UK). Members are Stephen Drymer (Canada), Babatunde Fagbohunlu (Nigeria), Susan Franck (US), Alvaro Galindo (Ecuador), Francisco González de Cossío (Mexico), Jean Kalicki (US), Elie Kleiman (France), Jan Kleinheisterkamp (Germany), Michelle Macphee (UK), Ziad Obeid(Lebanon), Shaneen Parikh (India), Lindy Patterson (Scotland/UK), John Rhie (Korea), Christian Tams (Germany), Foo Yuet Min (Singapore) and Galina Zukova (Latvia).
The Programme Chairs said:
“The Edinburgh Congress will focus on new ideas that can help our process progress even further, including those that come from new voices, that emanate from in-house counsel, or new centres of arbitration activity and even – or especially – from beyond our field.”
Prof Dr Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, ICCA President, said:
“All members of the international arbitration community are invited to join the 2020 ICCA Congress in Edinburgh. Entitled ‘Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment’, the congress will be a time to take stock of achievements and explore ideas to adapt to a fast changing environment, and shape the future of international arbitration, together.”
Brandon Malone, Congress Chair and Chairman of the Board of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, said:
“We welcome the programme theme and look forward to welcoming the international arbitration community to Edinburgh, the home of the Scottish Enlightenment. With its hybrid common law/civil law tradition and modern arbitration regime, we are sure that the international arbitration community will enjoy the first ICCA Congress to be held in Scotland, and will quickly understand why Edinburgh, Scotland’s ancient capital, was recently voted the most attractive place to live and work in the UK.”
You can find ICCA’s full announcement here and watch our ICCA 2020 video here. Registration for the Congress is now open. Visit icca2020.scot for more information. The ICCA website will also provide regular updates on the Programme and Congress papers.