Arb Fest 2024

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The Centre is proud to announce that the next Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival (ArbFest2024) will be taking place on 5 and 6 of September 2024, following the success of the inaugural ArbFest2023. We are excited to bring back the international community to Edinburgh and provide another series of fascinating topics, panels and panelists, and festival entertainment.

The Early Bird Rate for the Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival (ArbFest2024), which the Centre will host on 5 and 6 September 2024, has been extended to close on 28 June 2024.  This is the second edition of Scotland’s international arbitration days and ArbFest is again supported by the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). To get your festival pass, click here.

See below for our Snapshot programme.

Thursday (5th September)
Book Festival

We are happy to announce that Lady Hale will be a Headliner at the Book Festival part of the Edinburgh International Arbitration Festival (ArbFest2024), where she will discuss her book, Spider Woman: A Life.

As President of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale won global attention in finding the 2019 prorogation of Parliament to be unlawful. Yet that dramatic moment was merely the pinnacle of a career throughout which she was hailed as a pioneering reformer.

Lady Hale will take part in a Q&A session about her book, allowing our Festivalgoers to her ask questions.

Food and Drink Festival

The Thursday will comprise of the Food and Drink Festival, which will include the sampling of some of Scotland’s finest food. More details on venues and events will follow soon.

See below some moments from last year’s Food and Drink Festival.

Friday (6th September)
Main Festival

The Friday will be the Main Festival with Lise Bosman and Brandon Malone as co-chairs. The themes this year are confidentiality v transparency and psychology in arbitration, which will be explored by our Performers.


Dr Ula Cartwright-Finch, Managing Director of Cortex Capital Limited, and Craig Tevendale, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, will be Headliners at the Main Festival. Ula will have a focus on arbitration and psychology and Craig will discuss confidentiality v transparency in arbitration.


In addition to our Headliners, we have a fantastic line up of Performers:

Ravi Aswani
Duncan Bagshaw
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Dr Crina Baltag
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Gillian Carmichael Lemaire
Philippe Cavalieros
Philippa Charles
Tony Cole
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Valentina Faienza
Lord (Angus) Glennie
Lucy Greenwood
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Vivek Kapoor
Elie Kleiman
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Andrew Mackenzie
Adrian Martin (1)
Adrian Martin
Prof Maxi Scherer
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Alan McMillan
Susanne Tanner KC
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Alexandre Vagenheim
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Louise Woods
Dr Diora Ziyaeva

Friday (6th September)
Food, Drink, Music and Dance Festival

The Main Festival will conclude with the Food, Drink, Music and Dance Festival, where Festivalgoers will enjoy a second dinner sampling a range of further dishes.

The music and dance festival will include bagpiping, poetry and song, followed by a traditional Scottish ceilidh dance with a live band.  

See below some images from ArbFest2023:

Make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird Rate Festival Passes before close on 28 June 2024. Remember, passes include two receptions, two dinners, the main conference and a ceilidh dance.  Purchase your pass here.

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Ankura is a Silver Sponsor and Herbert Smith Freehills, FTI Consulting and Burness Paull are Bronze Sponsors. Ampersand Advocates is a Morning Coffee Break Sponsor.

Ampersand Advocates

We are grateful to our sponsors. If you wish to partner with the Centre as a sponsor of ArbFest2024 please see here for details.

Resolugin - The Spirit of Arbitration

Festivalgoers get an unique opportunity to sample Resolugin, the Centre’s own Scottish gin.

Resolugin is the Spirit of Arbitration with ingredients for Alliances, Wisdom, Sincerity, Prosperity, Inspiration, Protection, Openness, Luck, Success and Passion.  Handcrafted in Scotland, our gin is bright and citrus forward with contrasting piney notes of juniper.  

Our Festivalgoers will be able to sample Resolugin at our Food and Drink Festival on Thursday 5 September and on Friday 6 September too. You will also receive your own special dram of Resolugin to take home with you.

Check out some footage from last year

Festival Passes Prices

Super Early Bird

Festival Pass Rates

15 December – 29 February

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

Early Bird

Festival Pass Rates

1 March – 26 July

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


Festival Pass Rates

27 July – 23 August

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


Festival Pass Rates

24 August – 5 September

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