CALL FOR WRITTEN EVIDENCE
The Arbitration (Scotland) Bill (SP Bill 19) (“the Bill”) was introduced by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, to the Scottish Parliament on 29 January 2009. The main purpose of the Bill is to clarify, consolidate and extend Scottish arbitration law, provide a statutory framework for arbitrations, ensure fairness and impartiality in the arbitration process, minimise expenses for parties involved in arbitrations and ensure that the process is efficient.
The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee has been designated the lead Committee on this Bill and will consider the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 of the legislative process. The Committee plans to begin taking oral evidence on the Bill on Wednesday 20 May.
The Committee is now seeking written evidence on the general principles of the Bill, including:
- the need for, and value of, a consolidated and codified statutory Scots arbitration law for domestic and international arbitrations;
- the economic benefits that will derive from a single statute incorporating a set of principles and rules to govern both domestic and international arbitrations;
- the principle of developing a set of rules based on the United Nations Commission on International Law (UNICITRAL) Modal Law for arbitrations in Scotland;
- the appropriateness of the designation of the Scottish Arbitration Rules contained in Schedule 1 as either “mandatory” or “default”;
- the extent to which the provisions in the Bill, particularly the Scottish Arbitration Rules, will ensure fairness and impartiality in the arbitration process, minimise the expenses of an arbitration and promote efficiency in the arbitration process.
How to submit written evidence
Please include a response on the general principles of the Bill, particularly the issues identified above, in your written submission. Evidence should be reasonably brief and typewritten (normally no more than 4 sides of A4 in total).
The deadline for receipt of written submissions was 15 May 2009.
The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically. These should be sent to:
You may also make hard copy written submissions to:
Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
Before you submit evidence, please ensure that you have read our policy for handling information received in response to calls for evidence (pdf 15kb) –