ArbFest 2023

We are delighted to launch Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival (#ArbFest2023), which offers sponsors and delegates a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and gain insights into the latest international developments in arbitration law, all with the backdrop of Scotland’s famous capital city.

The inaugural ArbFest will be held on 21 and 22 September 2023, a year on from the record-breaking International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress which was also held in Edinburgh. We are delighted that ICCA is supporting the Centre with this new arbitration event and look forward to welcome ICCA and our friends from the international arbitration community back to Scotland. The event will feature food, drink, music, dance and book festival themes. The Thursday will include a welcome networking reception and walking dinner where you can experience a range of Scotland’s finest food and drink. We are pleased to announce that Gary Born will be the Headliner at the Book Festival part of ArbFest2023 on Thursday 21 September. Gary will discuss his novel, The File, and take questions from festivalgoers on this exciting thriller. In addition, the book festival element will include the launch of the 21st Volume in ICCA’s Congress Series, themed “Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment?” and publishing the papers presented at the September 2022 ICCA Congress which took place in Edinburgh. The Main Festival on 22 September, which takes the form of a conference, will take place at the spectacular Signet Library in the heart of the old town. We are proud to announce that Justin D’Agostino MH and Carita Wallgren-Lindholm will also be headliners for the main festival.

Co-chaired by Lise Bosman, executive director of the ICCA and Brandon Malone, a director of the Centre, it will involve Justin D’Agostino MH, CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills, as the Headliner. We can also announce some more Performers now, in order of appearance, Andrew MackenzieLord Glennie KC; Lady Wolffe KCLucy GreenwoodCarlos CarvalhoDuncan BagshawHanna RoosClaire Morel de WestgaverSteven FinizioCraig TevendaleAlison Macdonald KCAudley Sheppard KCMikal Brøndmo,Shai Sharvit Dr Carri Ginter, Ana StaničDr Dora Grunwald; Ndanga Kamau; and Laura Bergamini.

The Main Festival will be followed by a closing networking reception, walking dinner and a traditional Scottish ceilidh dance. We plan to launch the ICCA Edinburgh Congress Book on 21 September in advance the welcome networking reception and walking dinner, where you can experience a range of Scotland’s finest food and drink.

Registration is now open, and Festival Passes can now be purchased here.

If you want to partner with us on this unique new arbitration festival, please click here for more information on sponsorship benefits and packages.

For Festival Pass Rates please see below. We would strongly encourage you to purchase passes as soon as possible for the best prices. Passes are also limited.

For more information, please contact Juliet Dodds

Super Early Bird

Festival Pass Rates

26 May – 23 June

Centre Named Member£440.00
Public Lawyers£440.00
in-house Counsel£440.00

Early Bird

Festival Pass Rates

24 June – 29 July

Centre Named Member£530.00
Public Lawyers£530.00
in-house Counsel£530.00


Festival Pass Rates

30 July – 1 September

Centre Named Member£580.00
Public Lawyers£580.00
in-house Counsel£580.00


Festival Pass Rates

2 September – 22 September

Centre Named Member£620.00
Public Lawyers£620.00
in-house Counsel£620.00

ArbFest Hotels

Cheval Old Town Chambers – 2 minute walk to Signet Library Cheval Old Town Chambers Royal Mile, 329 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1PN

Virgin Hotels Edinburgh – 3 minute walk to Signet Library 1, India Buildings, Victoria St, Edinburgh EH1 2EX

The Scotsman Hotel – 4 minute walk to Signet Library 20 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1TR

The Balmoral – 7 minute walk to Signet Library 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ

Please click here to register and purchase your Festival Passes.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Up to midnight BST on 31 July 2023 – Full refund

On or after 1 August 2023 and before midnight BST on 31 August 2023 – 25% refund per delegate.

On or after 1 September 2023 – No right to refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing to

In case of postponement or cancellation of the event, the host shall not accept liability for any consequential loss and shall have no liability to reimburse any other costs that may have been incurred, including transport and accommodation costs. Delegates are encouraged to take out appropriate travel insurance when making travel and accommodation arrangements.


Why should you sponsor?

Sponsoring the ArbFest2023 will allow your organisation to be associated with this exciting addition to the international arbitration calendar. This opportunity allows your company, product, and brand to be uniquely and actively showcased at this high calibre, innovation driven conference. It will also allow your company to meet new business partners, generate new ideas, gather new knowledge, foster collaborations and meet key decision makers.

An exciting range of sponsorship opportunities have been developed to ensure a successful outcome for all sponsors and stakeholders. Sponsorship packages have been designed to suit a range of budgets. Early confirmation of your sponsorship will ensure an even higher level of exposure.

To view all Sponsorship opportunities please download the Brochure

Current Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Evening Sponsors

Lunch Sponsors

Coffee Break Sponsors