ArbDB Chambers- XXI International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) in Rio de Janeiro, 8-
13 March 2020
Michael Cover travelled to Rio for this event. The original intention was that Peter McQueen would
be there as well (Peter is on the Topics and Agenda Committee for XXI ICMA) but, in the event, Peter
did not travel to Rio and Peter’s Paper “The Essential Practice of Finding Jurisdiction”, was read to by
the moderator of his session, Daniella Horton, the Hon Sec of the London Maritime Arbitrators
Association (LMAA). Michael made his presentation on “The Alleged Crisis in International
Arbitration and some Possible Fixes” in a session on “Current Arbitration Issues” on the first
ICMA was established in 1972 as a forum for maritime arbitrators and lawyers and industry people
from around the world to exchange views and news on matters of maritime law and dispute
resolution and the challenges posed by technology and changes in the shipping industry and market.
It is generally held every two years, with XX ICMA having been held in Copenhagen in November
2017. This year, XXI ICMA was attended by about 240 delegates (with a few non-attendees, owing to
Coronavirus) and about 85 Papers were presented. These covered many issues of interest to
maritime industry and dispute resolution in the UK, internationally and in South America.
At the Closing Ceremony, it was announced that Dubai had beaten Singapore to host XXII ICMA in
2022 or 2023. We all reflected on a wonderful conference in a wonderful location and that this may
have been the last conference we attend for a long time.