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Arbitration Centre hosts Chinese visitors

15 March 2012

The Scottish Arbitration Law Centre helped play host to a delegation from the China Maritime Law Association (CMLA) when it visited Edinburgh this week as part of a tour of Europe.

The CMLA is supported by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and various companies and non-governmental organisations such as COSCO, Sinotrans, and China Shipping, who were represented in the delegation along with judicial and arbitration experts.

A joint event with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Scottish Branch) at was held at the Edinburgh office of legal firm McClure Naismith, where guest speaker Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, referred to the First Minister’s recent visit to China and the high importance he places on the relationship between China and Scotland. 

The following day, Brandon Malone, chairman, and Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, introduced the delegation to the Lord President, who welcomed the delegates to the Court of Session.

Afterwards, Mr Malone said: "This visit to Scotland by a very senior and high-powered CMLA delegation is evidence of an increasing interest in Scotland and what Scottish arbitration has to offer to global business and the global arbitration community. We look forward to future cooperation with CMLA and to building links with CIETAC and other leading arbitration centres.”

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