The Scottish Arbitration Centre has welcomed the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) World Congress to Scotland. The congress took place in Edinburgh on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th of November, following the CIArb International ADR Conference on Thursday.
CIArb is the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. It has a global membership of around 12,500 individuals who have professional training or experience in ADR. CIArb is organised on a regional basis, with eight regions: Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, East Asia and the Middle East/Indian sub-continent, each region represented by an elected Trustee(s).
The World Congress is the meeting of Branch Chairmen – or their designated representatives – and an elected Representative of those members without a Branch, held every two years. The purpose of the Congress is to (a) discuss significant issues arising in the field of private dispute resolution (PDR); (b) ascertain the views of the Branch Representatives on these and any other issues in respect of the policies, structure and management of the Institute or in the field of PDR, and to make such recommendations to the Board of Management thereon as it sees fit; and (c) elect the President, the Deputy President and the Vice President in accordance with the provisions of the Bye-laws and/or the Regulations.
The conference, “ADR – the International Dimension”, brought together a wide range of interesting topics presented by leading practitioners in the field of ADR from across the world. Speakers included Brandon Malone, Chairman of the Centre; Len Bunton and Janey Milligan, Directors of the Centre; and Hew Dundas, Honorary Vice-President of the Centre. Lord Glennie made the key note speech, and Jeffrey Elkinson, the President of CIArb, discussed the relevance of CIArb in the arbitration world when he addressed the 120 delegates from across the globe.
Following the conference a drinks reception was hosted jointly by the Scottish Arbitration Centre and the Scottish Branch of the CIArb before the CIArb International ADR Dinner, where Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Ministers for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, addressed the international audience.
This weekend also saw the International Governing Council of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors meeting in Scotland. This included a drinks reception at the Scottish Parliament and a dinner on 19 November, where Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government and Planning, was the guest speaker. Sarah Speirs, Director of RICS Scotland and Director of the Centre, welcomed the Governing Council to Edinburgh and referred to ADR and the Scottish Arbitration Centre in her address.
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Executive of the Centre, said:
“We are delighted to welcome the CIArb World Congress to Scotland and to be involved in the CIArb International ADR Conference and Dinner. CIArb’s decision to hold its congress in Edinburgh illustrates the interest from the international arbitration community in the recent modernisation of Scottish arbitration. The conference and dinner will allow Scotland to showcase its expertise in ADR and provide the Centre with a valuable opportunity to promote the new Act. The visit from the RICS International Governing Council ensures further focus on Scotland from a global audience.”