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Tuesday 20 October


The twentieth triennial International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) was held in Copenhagen from 25 to 29 September 2017.  ICMA XX saw some 250 delegates attending from 35 countries. In total, 170 papers were submitted, many of which can be accessed on the Congress website (http://icma2017copenhagen.org/abstract.html).

The renowned London arbitrator, Cedric Barclay, was instrumental in setting up ICMA and was one of its founding fathers in 1972 and since 1991 (ICMA X) Congress has included a keynote speech honoring Cedric Barclay.  This year the Cedric Barclay lecture was given by Bruce Harris and can be accessed on the website of the LMAA (http://www.lmaa.london/news-article.aspx?pkNewsEventID=32980fa3-96c4-4c59-ac4d-c76dfa9e5e4f).  

The leading position of London and of English law in international maritime arbitration was evidenced by the large number of London based arbitrators and stakeholders who attended and delivered papers at the Congress.  

Despite rumours to the contrary, it is clear that Brexit should not affect the advantages of London as an international dispute resolution centre, given that London awards will continue to be enforceable through the mechanism of the 1958 New York Convention, to which over 150 countries are signatories, including China, India, Russia and Ukraine.

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