Edinburgh secures £2m international arbitration conference

Edinburgh has beaten off competition including Copenhagen, Stockholm, Vienna and Vancouver to host the biennial International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress in 2020.

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

The event is expected to provide a £2m boost to Scottish economy and will attract more than 1,200 delegates. It will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) and be supported by supported by VisitScotland’s Conference Bid Fund.

The bid process was led by a partnership comprising the Scottish Arbitration Centre, the EICC, Convention Edinburgh, Conference Partners and VisitScotland, and supported by a high-profile team including the UK Prime Minister, Scotland’s First Minister and representatives of the national and international arbitration and legal communities.

ICCA president Donald Donovan said: "We are delighted to be going to Edinburgh in 2020, and congratulate the bid committee on having prevailed in the face of stiff competition from a strong field of bidders.

"After recent ICCA Congresses held in Rio, Singapore and Miami, this year's event in Mauritius, and a 2018 Congress scheduled for Sydney, ICCA looks forward to bringing the Congress to Europe in 2020.

"We're confident that ICCA Edinburgh will provide a spectacular platform from which to pursue ICCA's mission to address the toughest issues facing international commercial and investment arbitration."

Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, welcomed the news the 2020 congress will be hosted in the Centre’s home town. "We look forward to showing the international arbitration community what Scotland has to offer and are confident that this conference will put Edinburgh firmly on the map as venue and a seat of international arbitration," he commented.

Marshall Dallas, the EICC's chief executive, said the win was testament to the hard work of the team and its supporters. "Overall it is great news for the city and the economy. It seems fitting that the ICCA Congress is being held in a city and nation renowned worldwide for its proud and progressive legal tradition."

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