CIArb News

Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration launches International Fellowship Programme in partnership with CIArb

15 Jul 2019

CIArb is pleased to announce the launch of the International Fellowship Programme in Commercial Arbitration by Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration. This training programme, which is the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will be conducted in partnership with CIArb.

Through this partnership, CIArb as a leading organisation for dispute avoidance, management and resolution will share its over 100 years of experience in dispute resolution services with the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration.

Successful completion of this Pathway Programme will allow participants to apply for membership in CIArb and join the elite of international arbitrators. Programme participants can apply to join CIArb at the grade of associate, member, or fellow depending on their level of completion within the programme. CIArb membership is accepted in more than 36 countries around the world.

The programme, which the two entities recently launched at the website scca.ciarb.org, consists of three educational modules, starting with legal principles, process, practice and procedure in Module I. Module II will be on the law of obligations, followed by Module III on evidence, decision making, and award writing. All the modules are based on the international systems and regulations observed in the institutional arbitration industry, most importantly the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law and Arbitration Rules, as well as regional arbitration law.

Anthony Abrahams (CIArb Director General) commented:

"We are delighted to start this partnership with Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration and to launch the CIArb Pathway Programme in Riyadh. Through such international partnerships, CIArb seeks to promote greater understanding and use of dispute avoidance, management and resolution methods globally. We are pleased to share our knowledge and expertise and deliver a world-class programme which will be the first course of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

Marking the occasion, Yassin Khayyat (SCCA Chairman ) said:

"SCCA’s launch of the International Fellowship in Commercial Arbitration originates in the center’s role in training commercial arbitration practitioners in the Kingdom and supporting the job market with personnel qualified to provide ADR services, thus ensuring the development of the local investment environment and facilitating commercial activity in the Kingdom. "

Khayyat added that the programme is a tool for empowering the institutional arbitration industry. As the national icon for this industry in the Kingdom, SCCA is employing this tool in partnership with the UK’s CIArb, which established the rules for the programme based on its long experience in developing ADR services.

For his part, SCCA CEO Dr. Hamed Merah explained that the Pathway will be provided in the Kingdom on two parallel tracks, one in Arabic and the other in English, and in three successive modules ensuring that participants acquire the necessary knowledge to practice commercial arbitration in accordance with the best international systems and practices.

Dr. Merah added that each module will be three to five months, based primarily on each participant's progress and knowledge acquisition, taking place under the direct supervision of SCCA and CIArb experts through the Programme’s online learning platform.

Dr. Merah went on to say that each module concludes with an assessment of the participants' knowledge, making them eligible to apply for one of the grades of membership in CIArb. Upon completing the third module, participants can apply to become CIArb fellows and join the roster of elite international arbitrators from various parts of the world.

For more details and to register, please visit the Programme’s page, www.SCCA.CIArb.org.

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