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ICCA 2020 Edinburgh preliminary programme released

10 April 2019

The preliminary programme has been issued for the global arbitration congress taking place in Edinburgh next year, along with a call for speakers.

ICCA, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, is inviting expressions of interest to speak at its Edinburgh 2020 Congress, which takes place at the EICC from 10-13 May.

The Congress theme, "Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment?", will explore a wide range of topics relevant to international commercial and investment arbitration, including a modern critique of classic international arbitration cases, ISDS reform and a thorough survey of emerging regional themes. ICCA say that "the programme invites speakers and delegates to engage with new developments, but also to look with new eyes at the practices of arbitration that may be taken for granted".

All ICCA members and other individuals are invited to express their interest in participating as speakers. In particular, the programme committee looks forward to receiving proposals from individuals who were not speakers at either of the last two ICCA congresses, which are held every second year, and from individuals outside the field of arbitration who have a fresh perspective to offer on the topics under discussion at the 2020 Congress. Expressions of interest should be sent to, using the “Expressions of Interest” form available for download at this link, as early as possible, and no later than 7 June 2019.

Brandon Malone, congress chair, congratulated the programme committee on putting together "an exciting programme". He commented: "Edinburgh will provide the perfect backdrop to the congress theme of 'Arbitration’s Age of Enlightenment?' and I am sure that the call for speakers will draw participants of the very highest calibre from all over the world. I would strongly encourage Scottish practitioners to submit proposals to the programme committee, and become involved in arbitration’s most iconic event."

Click here to view the full preliminary programme.

Registration for the congress is now open. Visit for more information. Early bird registration is available until 10 May 2019.

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