Arbitration focus at Commonwealth Law Conference in GlasgowAndrew Mackenzie (left) and Sir David Edward QC

Andrew Mackenzie (left) and Sir David Edward QC

The final day of the Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow included a session on arbitration.

The discussion was chaired by Brandon Malone, chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, and included presentations from Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya, general counsel to the governor of Lagos State; Shreyas Jayasimha, Aarna Law, Bangalore; and Edward Fashole-Luke II, Luke and Associates, Botswana.

Mr Malone also presented a paper by Peter Maynard, Bahamas, who could not attend.

The 19th Commonwealth Law Conference was held in Glasgow from 12-16 April and brought together over six hundred delegates from the 52 Commonwealth countries.

Keynote speakers included Lord Gill, lord president and lord justice general of Scotland; Hina Jilani, advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and human rights activist; Dame Silvia Cartwright, New Zealand jurist and former governor general of New Zealand; and the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, former justice of the High Court of Australia.

The Scottish Arbitration Centre also hosted a reception in Glasgow during the conference for speakers and delegates attending.

The reception was held the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Nelson Mandela Place in Glasgow, and supported by the Scottish government.

Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the centre, welcomed guests, before John Mackenzie, chief executive of the Royal Faculty of Procurators Glasgow, said a few words.

Sir David Edward QC, honorary president of the centre and former judge of the European Court of Justice, made the keynote address, emphasising Scotland’s arbitration offering to the commonwealth and praising the work of the centre.

Mr Malone then spoke of the centre’s recent work and achievements.

Andrew Mackenzie said: “The Scottish Arbitration Centre was delighted to be involved in the Commonwealth Law Conference in Glasgow, and welcomed the opportunity to discuss the benefits of Scottish arbitration with our friends from around the commonwealth.

“In hosting the conference, Scotland was able to showcase not only its legal expertise, but its attractiveness as a venue to much of the international community.”

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