Scotland’s International Centre for Energy Arbitration launches quick energy-dispute resolution check-list

Dundee UniversityThe International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA) has launched its first energy-dispute resolution questionnaire:

Launched by Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, in October 2013, the ICEA is a joint venture between the Scottish Arbitration Centre in Edinburgh and the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at Dundee University.

Brandon Malone, Co-Director, ICEA, said: “When it comes to energy dispute resolution in Scotland, we find that in our universities, in our legal firms, and in industry, we have a clustering of legal and technical energy expertise that is not readily found in any other part of the world.

 “Our questionnaire is multiple choice and does not take long to complete.  I hope that all those involved in energy dispute resolution will take the time to respond.  The questionnaire will remain open until the July 2, 2014, and we will be reporting on our findings later in the year.  We are grateful to many friends of the Centre for their helpful comments and contributions to the draft questionnaire.”

Professor Peter Cameron, Co-Director, ICEA, said: “Energy-related disputes are now making up more than a third of all disputes in international commerce.  For Scotland to stake a claim to expertise in this area is timely and builds on our deep knowledge of all kinds of energy resources.”

Andrew Mackenzie, Secretary General, ICEA, said: “As we said in October, we want to consult the energy sector and work with relevant representative bodies to establish current trends and desired requirements in respect of dispute resolution within the industry.  This results of our questionnaire will support the proposed preparation of bespoke energy arbitration rules.

The Scottish Arbitration Centre has always been keen to focus on the energy sector, given the oil and gas links in Aberdeen and Scotland’s expertise in the developing renewables industry.  The aim of our energy project is to give Scotland an arbitration niche and hope that such a focus will encourage international arbitration business to Scotland.”

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