The global arbitration conference due to be held in Edinburgh will now take place from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 February 2021, the Scottish Arbitration Centre has announced.

It follows the decision to postpone the ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration) biennial congress, previously scheduled for 10-13 May, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 1,000 delegates were expected to attend from all over the world.

Registration for the congress is open and existing registrations will be transferred to the rescheduled congress. If registered delegates are unable to participate, they will be able to transfer their registration to a friend or colleague free of charge or cancel and receive a refund in line with the revised cancellation policy. 

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ICCA President Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler stated: “We are delighted that we were able to secure dates in early 2021, allowing us to assemble safely, hopefully in large numbers, avoiding conflicts with other rescheduled events, and leaving enough time before the Hong Kong Congress. The Hong Kong Host Committee was consulted on the choice of these new dates.” 

She continued: “We are confident that the Edinburgh congress will be a spectacular event. Delegates will enjoy lively debates from 16 panels and social events including the gala dinner at the National Museum of Scotland”.

ICCA 2020 Congress chair Brandon Malone stated: “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Edinburgh in February next year. It will probably be a little colder in February than on our originally planned dates in May, but the rescheduled congress lands squarely in Burns season when we celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns, our national bard, and a warm and traditional Scottish welcome awaits our delegates.”