Accelerated Route to Fellowship 2021

Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment 2021

August 19, 20 and August 26, 27 plus exam
Venue: Remote video conference
Presented and Organised by: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators’ Canada, New York and North America Branches

Five interactive workshops PLUS three plenary sessions explore the challenges of organising and managing a complex international arbitration and the drafting of an enforceable reasoned award

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Testimonial - Noah Hanft - former President & CEO, CPR; Co-Founder AcumenADR:

“This course was one of the most valuable and rewarding programs I have ever attended. It was rich in substance and, at the same time, conveyed how to practically apply substantive learnings. The workshop/interactive structure makes this program both fun and practical. I particularly appreciated the problems presented because they are real, and finding solutions required not only an understanding of the applicable rules and law, but the exercise of sound judgment. In sum, this course provides the thought processes to resolve and document the complex issues that arise during an international arbitration and when drafting an enforceable reasoned award. I can truly say it made me a better arbitrator.”

Internationally Renowned Faculty

Mr. Carson is a partner with the firm Locke Lord and Chair of the Firm's Energy Litigation Practice Group. He has over 20 years of experience trying cases in courts around the country and arbitrations around the world. He has a broad dispute resolution practice primarily representing clients in the energy and construction industries. His arbitration experience includes international matters where he has represented clients before a host of international arbitral bodies on issues as diverse as development of oil and gas fields, construction and maritime as well as other contractual disputes.


Prof. Daimsis has been teaching at the University of Ottawa since 2003 and is the Director of the BiJural (common law/civil law) National Program. He teaches Contracts law, International Sales law, International Commercial Arbitration and coaches the faculty’s Jessup, Vis and FDI moot teams. Prof. Daimsis is also Director of Education for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Canadian branch, and an associate Door Tenant at Littleton Chambers (London, England) and member of its international arbitrator group. His experience includes serving as both counsel, arbitrator and as an expert witness on foreign investment disputes, telecommunications and underground resources, in addition to an international commercial contract and construction disputes resolved under the auspices of various international commercial arbitration institutions.

Mr. Draper is an international arbitration counsel and arbitrator based in New York. He sits as an arbitrator in international disputes administered by the ICC and ICDR, and on the AAA's Large and Complex disputes and the ICDR's international panel. He also sits as arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. Mr. Draper serves as Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators New York Branch; Co-Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on the Environment, Energy and Resources; Chair of the USCIB Arbitration Committee's Sole Practitioner Subcommittee; a member of the ICC Task Force on Arbitration of Climate Change Related Disputes; and a member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre's Users Council.

Mr. Lampert serves as an arbitrator, mediator, and professor. He has rendered awards in New York and London as a sole arbitrator and as a tribunal member. For seven years he was deputy general counsel of a global financial services company with responsibility for dispute resolution and other areas, preceded by 30 years as a commercial litigator involved in arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Lampert is also a CEDR Certified Mediator. He serves on the mediation and arbitration panels of the AAA-ICDR, CPR, WIPO and CAfA, AIPA and Juris Law, and is a member of users council the LCIA, USCIB/ICC, SVAMC, NYIAC and web curator of IAC NY. Mr. Lampert is secretary of CIArb's NY Branch. Mike teaches at Hofstra Law and has several published articles.

Ms. Lespérance is Head of Omni Bridgeway’s Latin America Group, with responsibility for leading Omni’s arbitration funding and award enforcement efforts in Latin America. Prior to joining Omni, Ms. Lespérance was a lawyer at Cabinet Yves Fortier and the Permanent Court of Arbitration where she acted as Secretary to Tribunals in commercial and investor-state arbitrations under various procedural rules and governing laws. Ms. Lesp rance acts as an arbitrator and mediator and appears on various arbitration rosters, including the USMCA (Annex 10-B.1), the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and ICDR Canada. She was recognized as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2021, is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and is an active member of the Québec and Paris Bars.

Ms. Masucci is a full-time mediator and arbitrator. She is a global expert in alternative dispute resolution and dispute management with over thirty years’ experience in promoting the effective use of ADR by companies through her work at AIG. She is a past Chair and current Honorary Board Member of the International Mediation Institute and former Chair of the Dispute Resolution Sections for the NYSBA and the ABA. She is an adjunct at Fordham University’s School of Law where the student team she coached won the 2020-21 ABA Arbitration Competition for Law Students. She is a recipient of the 2020 CPR James Henry Award for Distinguished Contributions in the ADR field and received the ABA Dispute Resolution Section 2020 Chair’s Award.


Mr. Rosen is a full time arbitrator and mediator with JAMS. Prior to joining JAMS, he was the Global Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Practice at Latham & Watkins LLP. Mr. Rosen has deep expertise in handling coverage issues arising out of mass disasters, as well as insurance matters covering a wide range of commercial issues and policies, including directors and officers (D&O) liability, general liability, property, cyber, employment, professional liability, construction, fidelity, environmental, representations and warranties insurance, and reinsurance. Mr. Rosen is the author of leading texts on D&O liability and business interruption claims. He teaches insurance law at USC Gould School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law. He has also taught corporate governance at USC Gould School of Law, and he coaches UCLA Law School's Vis International Moot team.

Mr. Urbas is an experienced arbitrator and mediator with 25+ years of dispute resolution experience. He sits regularly as a sole arbitrator and as chair or member of three member panels. His appointments have been by individual parties, jointly by the parties, and the court and institutions. Fluent in both English and French with degrees in both Common Law and Civil Law, Mr. Urbas is an active member of the Québec, Ontario and British Columbia law societies. At his former national law firm, up until June 2017, Mr. Urbas served as Regional Leader of the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration group and Regional Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group. Formerly, he was also Regional Leader of the Commercial Litigation group and National Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group.

Mr. Reiman is an arbitrator and mediator of complex domestic and international commercial disputes and serves as a director on the boards of public and private companies. He has 18 years’ experience as a trial and commercial transactions attorney practicing in Chicago, IL law firms followed by 20+ years as CEO, chairman and board director of public and private companies in the US, UK and China. In addition to his ADR and board work, Mr. Reiman is a member of the faculty of the University of Oxford’s Oxford Programme on Negotiation and a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is the author of the book Negotiation Simplified: A Framework and Process for Improving Negotiating Results, Herndon, VA., Amplify Publishing, an imprint of Mascot Book. Q3, 2021. Print.



Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship program is designed for senior practitioners in the field of dispute resolution. It is a qualification program; not a fundamentals training program. Successful completion of the program permits participants to apply to become Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the highest grade of CIArb membership which allows the use of the designation FCIArb.

The program focuses on applicable laws and procedures for the conduct of efficient arbitration hearings in complex international cases. The program is comprised of three elements:

  • Oral Assessment
    This element of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship Programme consists of two days of workshops (4 days if the program is via remote video conference) based on a case study of a dispute. Each participant is assessed on his/her knowledge, judgment and self-presentation during discussion of a series of problems arising during a mock complex international arbitration and role play simulations.
  • Written Assessment
    Written assignments will be part of the assessment process during the workshop portion of the program. One of the written assignments will be prepared in advance of the workshops and will be collected early on the first day of the workshops.
  • Award Writing Examination
    This element consists of a written, open book examination in which an award must be written and fully reasoned based on the evidence in an arbitration proceeding. The exam is administered as part of this program. To receive a passing grade, the award must meet international standards for enforcement. The exam administration and assessment fee is included in the tuition fee for the program.

Following successful completion of the three elements described above, candidates may schedule a Peer Interview. There will be a separate charge for the Peer Interview: it is not included in the tuition fee of this program.

Who Should Attend?
You are a practicing lawyer with substantial complex litigation and/or dispute resolution experience (10 years minimum is typical). For further information regarding one’s qualification to participate in the program, please contact Jim Reiman, Program Director

Continual assessment throughout the workshop portion of the program, written submittals, and award writing exam.

Assessment Result.
Successfully passing the oral and written assessments during the workshop portion of the program allows the candidate to take the Award Writing Examination. Successful completion of the Award Writing Examination and (separate) Peer Review Interview allows the candidate to apply for Fellow status (for full details of route to Fellowship, please visit the CIArb website at Candidates may apply for Associate CIArb membership with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be in small groups with two or more assessors. You will be given a case study comprising a commercial contract and a set of facts describing the events which lead to a dispute between a number of parties.

During the assessment workshops, various situations or problems which might arise during an international arbitration will be put to you and you will discuss how you would deal with them. There are also written and role play exercises.

You may apply as an Associate member of the CIArb at any time. If you pass the oral and written assessments during the workshop portion of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship program, and are not already a Member of the CIArb, you will be entitled to apply for Member status. This applies whether you sit for and pass the Award Writing Exam or not. Applying for Member status as soon as possible is encouraged as all persons applying for Fellow status must first be Members of the Institute.

If you do not pass the oral and written assessment portion of workshop portion of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship program, you will not be permitted to take the Award Writing Exam.

If you do not pass the Award Writing Exam, you will not be permitted to proceed to the Peer Interview process for Fellowship status.

If you successfully pass the workshop portion of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship program as well as the Award Writing Exam, you will be able to schedule a Peer Interview. There will be a separate charge for the Peer Interview process: it is not included in the tuition cost of this program. Following successful completion of the Peer Interview you may apply to upgrade your membership level from Member to Fellow status.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

In the United States, certificates for applying for continuing legal education (CLE) credit will be provided to candidates who request them. Typically, this program has been approved for 12.5 – 14 CLE Skills and 1.5 – 2.0 Ethics Credits. In Canada, CLE approval pending.



Timing and Scheduling

The workshops will commence promptly at the times stated below. Note that all times stated are Eastern Time (ET) (UTC -5:00).

Thursday, August 19, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday, August 20, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday, August 26, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm
Friday, August 27, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm

Award Writing Exam

Participants will be required to write a reasoned award. They will have 24 hours to write their award at anytime they wish during the period August 28 and September 1, 2021.


We are anticipating strong demand for this program and would ask that you register at the earliest possible date. Registration is limited!


$2,000.00 – United States Dollars
$2,500.00 – Canadian Dollars

Cancellation: You may freely substitute someone from your organization until the Friday before the Training. A cancellation fee of US$ 250/CAD 335 will be charged if cancellation is received prior to July 15, 2021; tuition will not be refunded if cancellation is received after that date. However, the fee paid may be applied to a future program.