Pacific – The International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) has accepted a joint bid for its 2018 conference to be held in both Australia and New Zealand, which was won against Hong Kong, Moscow, and Kuala Lumpur.

The 2018 conference will be held in Sydney with an add-on event in Queenstown, under a joint pitch made by the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand.

The Sydney organising committee chair and ACICA’s immediate past president, Professor Doug Jones AO, said the conference created a great opportunity to build awareness of the contribution of international arbitration to commercial dispute resolution in the region. “This conference will enable Australia and New Zealand to showcase the skills of our arbitration practitioners, and the superb facilities we can offer the international dispute resolution community,” he added.

Picking Sydney for the 2018 conference was also a sign of confidence in the city’s upcoming International Convention Centre opening late 2016, commented Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney.

ICCA is an UN-approved NGO devoted to promoting the use and improving the processes of arbitration, conciliation and other forms of resolving international commercial disputes. Its latest global meeting comprising over 1,000 delegates was held in Miami.