The International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) was established in 1972 to provide a forum for maritime arbitrators and lawyers from around the world to exchange views and news of professional interest.
The current members of the Steering Committee are Clive Aston – London (Chairman), Dave Martowski - New York, Peter Schaumburg-Müller – Copenhagen and Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Rio de Janeiro.
An important event in every maritime and commercial arbitrator's calendar, the International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) is a forum for maritime arbitrators, lawyers and for the shipping industry from around the world in which to deliberate and exchange views on news of professional interest.
ICMA has grown to host delegates from 26 countries on average, presenting approximately 100 papers. The international maritime conferences are generally composed of arbitrators, lawyers, ship owners, charterers, and other industry professionals.
Aside from providing a forum for discussion and presentatations, scholarly papers, the Congress always includes a social program for accompanying persons and delegates. A black tie dinner is a tradition, as are one or two cocktail parties.
"I am delighted to welcome you to ICMA XXI in Rio de Janeiro. I look foward to meeting with many of you during the week."