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[edit] General Information

  • Official name: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • City: London
  • Type of organization: non-profit organisation
  • Date of creation: 1915
  • Interests: Arbitration - Mediation - Training
  • Fields of expertise: All types of Disputes

[edit] Overview

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a not-for-profit, UK registered charity working in the public interest through an international network of branches. It has a global membership of around 12,000 individuals who have professional training in private dispute resolution.

CIArb exists for the global promotion, facilitation and development of all forms of private dispute resolution to maximise the contribution that dispute resolution practitioners make.

In addition to providing education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, CIArb acts as an international centre for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business concerned with the cost-effective and early settlement of disputes. This gives users confidence that the very best people are helping to resolve their dispute.

For members, and where appropriate, non-members, CIArb offers a range of resources. It provides tools, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities as well as facilities by acting as a highly sought after central London Bloomsbury Centre venue for hearings, meetings and other events.

The Institute's wholly owned subsidiary company, IDRS Limited, administers schemes for the resolution of business and consumer disputes, providing a cost-effective and timely alternative to the courts. IDRS also manages CIArb's nominating and appointing services for ad-hoc arbitrations, adjudications and mediations.

[edit] Origin and Purpose

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is the world's leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other private [Alternative Dispute Resolution|dispute resolution methods]].

Founded in 1915, CIArb was granted a Royal Charter in 1979. Today it is the only membership body that covers the entire range of private dispute resolution methods on a global basis and has 12,000 members.

CIArb seeks to ensure the highest standards of knowledge and practice in private dispute resolution through its professional education and training programmes, internationally recognised qualifications, professional guidelines and codes of conduct, together with its wide range of information and other support facilities for its members.

CIArb is a leader in academic and professional thinking in the field of private dispute resolution and works closely with researchers, universities, legal authorities, governments, judges and other international organisations to help disseminate and develop best practice.

The Institute seeks to support not just arbitrators, mediators and other professional dispute resolvers, but the wide range of people involved in the field, including, professional advisers, lawyers, expert witnesses, as well, of course, as parties involved in disputes.

Through a dedicated subsidiary IDRS, CIArb also offers nominating and appointing services for arbitrations, adjudications and mediations, as well as administering rapid-resolution schemes for many types of business and consumer disputes.

[edit] The Charter and Bye-Laws

The granting of the Royal Charter means that CIArb is governed by 'The Charter and Bye-Laws of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators'.

The primary Object of CIArb in the Royal Charter is... to promote and facilitate worldwide the determination of disputes by arbitration and alternative means of private dispute resolution other than resolution by the court (collectively called "private dispute resolution").

The Charter empowers the Institute to accept candidates into membership who demonstrates "in all respects a fit and proper person" and relevant knowledge of private dispute resolution (PDR).

[edit] Activities

CIArb provides a wide range of services and support to members and others involved in dispute resolution, and offer the only globally recognised professional qualifications.

[edit] Education, Training & Professional Qualifications

As a Professional Chartered Institute, CIArb offers a range of education and vocational training courses and qualifications - from introductory to advanced levels - in the various disciplines of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and adjudication.

CIArb's range of world-respected qualifications covers the major disciplines in the field, providing public recognition of expertise in dispute resolution. As part of its ongoing commitment to ensuring quality dispute resolution, CIArb develops and publishes a variety of standards and guidelines based upon the latest thinking from leading practitioners.

CIArb runs a calendar of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) events, often attracting top-flight speakers from the profession.

Membership of the Institute can be gained through qualification or experience routes.

[edit] Academic & Professional Resources

As the foremost professional body for dispute resolution, CIArb seeks to advance and promote research, academic thought and new professional policy and practices concerning dispute resolution as a Learned Society. It works closely with academic institutions and other professional bodies across the world.

CIArb provides a wealth of professional information and guidance to support the professional work of its members and also helps users of dispute resolution methods.

Legal Services and information includes articles, case law, regulations, professional guidelines and model clauses.

Members can visit the Maughan Library in London, which now hosts the CIArb back library, and access an online bookshop with dispute resolution titles available at discounted prices.

A range of stylish and well-equipped rooms are available at CIArb's central London office in Bloomsbury Square. Rooms are available for holding arbitration and mediations or for private meetings and functions.

[edit] Global Community

CIArb has over 30 regional branches and chapters across the world, offering members a valuable global network of other like-minded professionals to share views and experiences with.

Online forums and the online membership directory also present opportunities for members to engage in discussion and debate with colleagues.

CIArb and its branches organise regular seminars, lectures and social meetings which address topical issues in dispute resolution and allow members - and often non-members - to come together. The Institute offers a range of membership services and benefits.

[edit] Promoting Access to non-court Dispute Resolution

Through international communications programme, CIArb seeks to promote greater understanding and use of alternative dispute resolution methods. CIArb works closely with professional organisations throughout the world and involves its local members heavily in its projects and activities.

Suitably qualified and experienced members are eligible to join specialist panels maintained by CIArb which serve as a referral source for those seeking dispute resolution services. IDRS, a dedicated subsidiary of CIArb operates an appointing service, as well as administering rapid-resolution schemes for many types of business and consumer disputes.

[edit] Contact

CIArb, 12 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2LP – United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7421 7444 F

Fax +44 (0)20 7404 4023


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