CIArb News

UAE Celebrates Year 2 of Mediation Training and Assessments

19 Dec 2018

In September 2018, the UAE Branch successfully ran the 40-hour Commercial Mediation Training and Assessments for the second time in Dubai. The Branch was pleased to welcome Stuart Kennedy as the Lead Tutor and Bob Juniper as the Chief Assessor, supported by tutors and assessors from Dubai and Ireland.

It is an excellent course with plenty of role plays giving candidates an opportunity to practice and develop the necessary skills and techniques. On completion of the assessment, successful candidates get accredited as Commercial Mediators and qualify for Membership status with the Institute.

Leonora Riesenburg, Chair of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators said “I am delighted that the UAE Branch was able to run the Commercial Mediation Training and Assessments for a second consecutive year. I am equally delighted that the Branch was able to deliver on its sustainability plans by developing and integrating suitable local talent. We are witnessing a rising interest for mediation in the region and are proud to be able to bolster the Branch’s extensive education and training offering in international arbitration by extending the mediation pathway to members.” 

Stuart Kennedy, the Lead Tutor said “I very much enjoy teaching this course. It is challenging for the candidates and I can watch them grow in confidence and ability over the five days. I have run the course a number of times in Kenya where it has assisted in the development of a Court Annexed Mediation scheme in Nairobi. I can see further opportunities in UAE and other regions.”

The Branch is invested in promoting the understanding and use of mediation to resolve commercial disputes, and in developing member opportunities through diverse Education & Training initiatives.

The full training course will be run again next year, and, following member demand, supplemented with the one-day ‘Introduction to Mediation’. Stay posted for announcements in 2019. 

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