The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the world’s preeminent professional organisation for dispute resolvers, in conjunction with the 2017 BVI Arbitration Conference, will conduct three professional courses between May 27 - 30.
The CIArb courses will provide the invaluable opportunity for legal professionals at all levels of their careers to learn about international arbitration, attain membership in CIArb, and/or attain Fellowship status in CIARb.
The courses will be held at the BVI International Arbitration Centre (IAC), a world-class, state-of-the art Road Town facility opened in 2016 to provide business professionals worldwide with a neutral, efficient, and reliable dispute resolution institution in the Caribbean.
The CIArb courses are a welcome addendum to the programme of Arbitration Week 2017, centered around the theme of Raising Our Gaze: Arbitration the Next Horizon. The conference is a week-long event packed with panels, speakers, discussions, and lectures. We invite attendees to join us to explore the ever-evolving world of arbitration, in which new major players are surfacing; legislation, rules, and practices are adapting; and new centres of excellence are emerging.
Early Bird registration for the International Arbitration Conference: $675 per person and $625 for groups (3+), is valid until April 24. Register Here.
The registration fees for the CIArb courses are separate from the cost of the conference. For complete descriptions of the courses and to register, click here. The courses are as follows:
Introduction to International Arbitration
30 May 2017 from 8:30am to 5pm
Course Fee: US$400
This programme will provide candidates with an understanding of the general principles of arbitration and the main alternative dispute resolution processes--arbitration, mediation and adjudication. It is designed for those with no practical experience in dispute resolution or arbitration. Delivered over the course of one day, the course consists of a series of lectures, discussion workshops, and the demonstration an arbitration hearing, giving candidates the opportunity to role-play. Candidates will be required to complete an assignment at the end of the course, successful completion of which will allow them to apply for entry to CIArb at the grade of Associate (ACIArb). In addition to the course fee, candidates will be required to pay a £95 examination fee in addition to the course fee.
Accelerated Route to Membership
Training: 27 and 28 May 2017 from 8:30am to 5pm
Exam: 29 May 2017 from 9:30am to 12pm
Course Fee: US$1,500
This fast-track programme introduces the concepts and principles of international commercial arbitration practice, and is designed for legal practitioners with a fair knowledge of basic legal principles, arbitration law, and dispute resolution mechanisms. The course takes into account knowledge and experience candidates already have, both academic and practical. Assessment will consist of pre-course questions, a series of assessment workshops, and a post-course examination. After successfully completing the assessment, candidates will be eligible to qualify at the level of Member in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Accelerated Route to Fellowship with Award Writing Exam
Training: 27 to 29 May 2017, 8:30am to 5pm
Exam: 29 May 2017 from 9:00am to 1pm
Course Fee: US$2,000
The programme is designed for senior-level dispute resolution practitioners. Candidates should be practicing lawyers with at least 10 years’ litigation experience, practicingarbitrators active for at least 10 years, or have successfully completed the Members Course. The programme will focus on applicable laws and procedures for the conduct of efficient arbitration hearings in complex international cases. Assessment will include an oral assessment, written assignments, and a written examination. The Accelerated Route to Fellowship course is a pathway to Fellowship (FCIArb), the highest grade of membership in CIArb.
About CIArb - Caribbean Branch
BVI Business is pleased to partner with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) - Caribbean Branch, to offer these courses to delegates to the 2017 International Arbitration Conference. Since its founding in 1915, CIArb has grown to become the world’s preeminent professional home for dispute resolution practitioners. A registered charity with more than 34 branches around the globe and 11,800 members in over 110 countries, the Institute serves as an international resource centre for practitioners, policy makers, academics, and business leaders interested in effective dispute resolution.
The Institute facilitates dispute resolution across a wide and ever-expanding swathe of industries, including financial services, media, insurance, shipping, commodities, medicine, sports, travel, telecommunications, and engineering. By providing training and education throughout the world, the Institute provides a global gold standard for dispute resolution practitioners. Its Chartered Status, introduced in 1999, gives confidence to arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) users that their needs will be met using the highest professional standards. In addition, a similar Fellowship Status for practitioners is currently being developed.
About the 2017 International Arbitration Conference
The courses will be given in conjunction with 2017 BVI International Arbitration Conference, which will take place at the new BVI International Arbitration Centre, May 27 – June 2 2017.
The 2013 Arbitration Act, through which the BVI largely adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law, and the BVI's accession to the New York Convention, paved the way for the 2016 establishment of BVI IAC, which Lord Goldsmith recognized as having the potential to become the “best thought out and thus most popular” centre in the region.
To those ends, the 2017 conference is designed to welcome anyone with an interest in international arbitration in the BVI, from practitioners with a thorough knowledge of international arbitration as well as those new to the space, including arbitrators, dispute resolution practitioners, counsels, business professionals, and many others.
The Keynote Speaker of the conference is the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, who will cap off an impressive roster of internationally renowned players in the arbitral world. The full list of speakers can be found here.
In addition to the CIArb courses, delegates will also have the chance to develop their skills and achieve professional growth by attending Young ICCA workshops and a mock arbitration, as well as full slate of lectures presentations, panels, and social events, alongside an invaluable array of networking opportunities.