Port Of Spain & Castries – Venue for this year’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Workshop 2012
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is one of the world’s leading international professional organizations offering its members professional credibility through qualifications and accreditation. With an international network of branches spanning over 110 countries and 6 continents, it is the only worldwide organisation that educates and assesses individuals for certification as arbitrators.
Over the past few years, the Caribbean Branch of CIArb has hosted several successful arbitration workshop across the Caribbean. With the view to encouraging the use of arbitration across the region, the Branch will be hosting an arbitration workshop in Trinidad on 3rd and 4th May and in St. Lucia on 7th and 8th May 2012. The trainers include Murray Smith of Smith Barristers in Vancouver Canada, John Bassie of John S. Bassie & Co in Jamaica, Shan Greer of Greer & Associates in St. Lucia as well as Ann Ryan Robertson and Derrick Carson both of Locke Lord LLP in Texas, United States.
The workshop will consist of two courses namely the Associates programme and Accelerated Route to Membership programme. Not only will these courses prepare candidates for subsequent roles as arbitrators, but successful completion will also entitle them to membership with CIArb.
The Associates Program is a one-day course providing candidates with an understanding of general arbitration principles. It is designed for persons who have no practical experience in dispute resolution and wish to learn more about arbitration and its benefits to users. In addition to lectures and discussion workshops on various arbitration topics, the course will also include a demonstration hearing that will give all candidates the opportunity to role-play. Successful completion of the course will enable delegates to apply for entry to CIArb at the grade of Associate.
The Accelerated Route to Membership Program is a two-day course designed for practitioners with a fair knowledge of basic legal principles and dispute resolution mechanisms. The course introduces concepts and principles of international commercial arbitration practice and is sufficient to qualify delegates to apply for entry to CIArb at the grade of Member.
In addition to lectures and role-play, candidates will be spilt into groups and presented with situations for their consideration as arbitrators. Candidates interested in the Members course will need to provide their resumes to determine their suitability.