Training

The CIArb Nigeria Branch is recognized as the professional body for training and examination of those seeking to become qualified arbitrators, mediators and other ADR Practitioners.

Courses offered by the Branch

Accredited Course

Introduction to Domestic Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

To provide an understanding of the general principles of Domestic (i.e. non-international) Arbitration and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes.  The course will provide candidates with an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, Domestic Arbitration in their jurisdiction.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the background to Domestic Arbitration;
  • Describe the process and procedure of Domestic Arbitration;
  • Understand Domestic Arbitration in the context of other forms of dispute resolution.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over 2 days. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of this course is completed through an online multiple-choice test accessed via LearnADR. Candidates will be given 28 days to complete and submit the assessment. Candidates must achieve a minimum overall mark of 55% to pass the course. Results are made available to candidates immediately upon completion of the assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended for candidates who:

  • are new to the field of Domestic Arbitration;
  • wish to learn more about Domestic Arbitration and its benefits to users;
  • wish to become an Associate member of CIArb.

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N80, 000.00. The fee includes registration for the course, study materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The assessment fee is £72.

What is my next step when I complete the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • will be awarded an Introductory Certificate;
  • may progress onto the Accelerated Route to Membership Programme
  • will be eligible to apply for Associate grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
Introduction to International Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

To provide an understanding of the general principles of International (i.e. non-domestic) Arbitration and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes. The course will provide candidates with an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, International Arbitration in their jurisdiction.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the background to International Arbitration;
  • Describe the process and procedure of International Arbitration;
  • Understand International Arbitration in the context of other forms of dispute resolution.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over 2 days. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of this course is completed through an online multiple-choice test accessed via LearnADR. Candidates will be given 28 days to complete and submit the assessment. Candidates must achieve a minimum overall mark of 55% to pass the course. Results are made available to candidates immediately upon completion of the assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended for candidates who:

  • are new to the field of International Arbitration;
  • wish to learn more about International Arbitration and its benefits to users;
  • wish to become an Associate member of CIArb.

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N80, 000.00. The fee includes registration for the course, study materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. The assessment fee is £72.

What is my next step when I complete the course?

  • will be awarded an Introductory Certificate;
  • may progress onto Module 1 of the International Arbitration Pathway;
  • will be eligible to apply for Associate grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
Accelerated Route to Membership – Domestic Arbitration

What is the aim of the programme?

To provide a fast-track route to Membership through the Domestic (i.e. non-international) Arbitration Pathway. The aim of the programme is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to understand the process of Domestic Arbitration.

Who should attend?

The Accelerated Route to Membership has been designed for busy professionals who have some unassessed knowledge of Domestic Arbitration.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this programme candidates will be able to:

  • Define what is meant by the term “Domestic” Arbitration
  • Explain
  • the principles and specific legal requirements of a Domestic Arbitration:
  • The legal framework including limitations of matters that may legally be arbitrated;
  • The contractual nature of the appointment of an Arbitrator;
  • The range and limitations of an Arbitrator’s powers and jurisdiction;
  • The rights, duties and responsibilities of a party to an Arbitration;
  • The methods of initiating and processing an Arbitration;
  • The relevance of the court regarding all stages in an Arbitration;
  • The requirements of an enforceable Award;
  • Evaluate and apply the principles and legal requirements of a Domestic Arbitration
  • Identify, explain and apply the legal procedural principles, rules and agreements relevant to the conduct of a Domestic Arbitration

How is the programme delivered?

This is an assessment programme as opposed to a teaching module. Learning will be based on private study prior to the oral assessment workshop, reinforced by tutor input and peer discussion during the workshop.

The programme is delivered over a period of two days, with assessment workshops on day one and a coursework, which will be sent to candidiates’ email on day two.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the Accelerated Route to Membership, candidates must submit evidence to show:

  • They have knowledge of the framework of domestic arbitration;
  • They can evaluate and apply the principles and requirements of a domestic arbitration;
  • They can demonstrate awareness of the practical tasks required in preparing for and progressing a domestic arbitration.

What is the programme fee and what does it include?

The programme fees are N175,000.00 and £174.  The fees include registration for the programme, study materials and the first attempt at the assessments. 

What is my next step when I complete the programme?

On successful completion of this programme, candidates:

  • may progress onto Module 3 of the Domestic Arbitration Pathway;
  • will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
Accelerated Route to Membership – International Arbitration

What is the aim of the programme?

To provide a fast-track route to Membership through the International (i.e. non-domestic) Arbitration Pathway.  The aim of the programme is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to understand the process of International Arbitration.

Who should attend?

The Accelerated Route to Membership has been designed for busy professionals who have some unassessed knowledge of International Arbitration.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this programme candidates will be able to: 

  • Explain the principles and specific legal requirements in an International Arbitration:
  • The legal framework including limitations of matters that may legally be arbitrated;
  • The contractual nature of the appointment of an Arbitrator;
  • The rights, duties and responsibilities of a party to an Arbitration;
  • The range and limitations of an Arbitrator’s powers and jurisdiction;
  • The methods of initiating and processing an Arbitration;
  • The relevance of the court regarding all stages in an Arbitration;
  • The requirements of an enforceable Award;
  • Evaluate and apply the principles and legal requirements of an International Arbitration;
  • Identify, explain and apply the legal procedural principles, rules and arguments relevant to the conduct of an International Arbitration 

How is the programme delivered?

This is an assessment programme as opposed to a teaching module. Learning will be based on private study prior to the oral assessment workshop, reinforced by tutor input and peer discussion during the workshop.

The programme is delivered over a period of two days, with assessment workshops on day one and a coursework, which will be sent to candidates’ email on day two.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register onto the Accelerated Route to Membership, candidates must submit evidence to show:

  • They have knowledge of the framework of international arbitration;
  • They can evaluate and apply the principles and requirements of an international arbitration;
  • They can demonstrate awareness of the practical tasks required in preparing for and progressing an international arbitration.

 What is the programme fee and what does it include?

The programme fees are N175,000.00 and £174.  The fees include registration for the programme, study materials and the first attempt at the assessments. 

What is my next step when I complete the programme?

On successful completion of this programme, candidates:

  • may progress onto Module 3 of the International Arbitration Pathway;
  • will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
Accelerated Route to Fellowship – Domestic Arbitration

What is the aim of the programme?

To provide a fast-track route to Fellowship through the Domestic (i.e non-international) Arbitration Pathway.  The aim of the programme is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to apply the principles and procedure of Domestic Arbitration and is capable of writing a reasoned and enforceable Domestic Arbitration Award.

Who should attend?

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship has been designed for busy professionals who have substantial unassessed knowledge and experience of Domestic Arbitration. 

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Identify and explain in depth all the key elements of the Domestic Arbitration process;
  • Evaluate issues and apply the law of Domestic Arbitration appropriately;
  • Demonstrate practical skill in carrying out the tasks required in preparing for and progressing a Domestic Arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling Domestic Arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the relevant rules and adopting appropriate procedures.

How is the programme delivered?

This is an assessment programme as opposed to a teaching module. Learning will be based on private study prior to the oral assessment workshop, reinforced by tutor input and peer discussion during the workshop.

The programme is delivered over a period of three days, with assessment workshops on days one and two and a coursework, which will be sent to candidiates’ email on day three. 

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the Accelerated Route to Fellowship, candidates must submit evidence to show:

  • They have a minimum of 5 years of practical experience of domestic arbitration either as a representative or a domestic arbitrator;
  • They have substantial knowledge of the framework of domestic arbitration;
  • They can recognise and evaluate evidence;
  • They can significantly evaluate and apply the principles and requirements of a domestic arbitration;
  • They can noticeably demonstrate practical skill in the carrying out of tasks required in preparing for and progressing a domestic arbitration.

What is the programme fee and what does it include?

The programme fees are N400,000.00 and £408.  The fees include registration for the programme, study materials and the first attempt at the assessments. 

What is my next step when I complete the programme?

On successful completion of this programme, candidates:

  • Will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
  • be eligible for a Peer Interview for Fellowship
Accelerated Route to Fellowship – International Arbitration

What is the aim of the programme?

To provide a fast-track route to Fellowship through the International (i.e. non-domestic) Arbitration Pathway.  The aim of the programme is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to apply the principles and procedure of International Arbitration using arbitration legislation based on the UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules and is capable of writing a reasoned and enforceable International Arbitration Award.

Who should attend?

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship has been designed for busy professionals who have substantial unassessed knowledge and experience of International Arbitration. 

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Identify and explain in depth all the key elements of the International Arbitration process;
  • Evaluate issues and apply the principles of the UNCITRAL Model Law appropriately;
  • Demonstrate practical skill in carrying out the tasks required in preparing for and progressing an International Arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling an International Arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and adopting appropriate procedures.

How is the programme delivered?

This is an assessment programme as opposed to a teaching module. Learning will be based on private study prior to the oral assessment workshop, reinforced by tutor input and peer discussion during the workshop.

The programme is delivered over a period of three days, with assessment workshops on days one and two and a coursework, which will be sent to candidiates’ email on day three. 

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the Accelerated Route to Fellowship, candidates must submit evidence to show:

  • They have a minimum of 5 years of practical experience of international arbitration either as a representative or an international arbitrator;
  • They have substantial knowledge of the framework of international arbitration;
  • They can recognize and evaluate evidence;
  • They can significantly evaluate and apply the principles and requirements of an international arbitration;
  • They can noticeably demonstrate practical skill in the carrying out of tasks required in preparing for and progressing an international arbitration.

What is the programme fee and what does it include?

The programme fees are N400,000.00 and £408.  The fees include registration for the programme, study materials and the first attempt at the assessments. 

What is my next step when I complete the programme?

On successful completion of this programme, candidates:

  • Will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.  
  • Be eligible for a Peer Interview for Fellowship.
Module 1: Law, Practice and Procedure in Domestic Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

To provide candidates with a detailed knowledge of the law underpinning arbitration and the procedural elements of a Domestic (ie. non-international) Arbitration, to enable them to understand and participate in such proceedings.

Who should attend?

The course focuses on legal principles, process, practice and procedure in Domestic Arbitration. It is therefore valuable for anyone wishing to understand this topic generally, for example as a party, party representative or witness. It is also an essential requirement for qualification as a Fellow of CIArb, and for those who aim to practise as a Domestic Arbitrator.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Define what is meant by the term ‘Domestic Arbitration’.
  • Identify, explain and apply
  • the legal procedural principles, rules and agreements relevant to the conduct of a Domestic Arbitration:
  • The legal framework, including limitations of matters that may be legally arbitrated;
  • The contractual nature of the appointment of an Arbitrator;
  • The range and limitations of an Arbitrator’s powers and jurisdiction;
  • The rights, duties and responsibilities of a party to an Arbitration;
  • The methods of initiating and processing an Arbitration;
  • The relevance of the court regarding all stages in an Arbitration;
  • The requirements of an enforceable Award;
  • Evaluate and apply the principles and legal requirements of a Domestic Arbitration;
  • Evaluate issues and apply the law of Domestic Arbitration appropriately;
  • Demonstrate practical skill in carrying out the tasks required in preparing for and progressing a Domestic Arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling a Domestic Arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the ACA Rules and adopting appropriate procedures

How is the Course/ delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of three months, with a combination of private study, attendance at three face-to-face tutorials and a coursework, which will be sent to candidates’ email on at the end of the course. 

The course date advertised is the start date of the course when candidates will be required to start their private study of reading NOT when they attend tutorials. The face-to face tutorial dates are listed on the Course Schedule.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no pre-requisite entry requirements for this course

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N200,000.00 and £174. The fee includes registration for the course, study materials and examination fee.

What is my next step when I complete the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • may progress onto Module 2 or 3 of the International Arbitration pathway. (eligibility dependent)
  • will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
Module 1: Law, Practice and Procedure in International Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

To provide candidates with a detailed knowledge of the procedural elements of an International (ie. non- domestic) Arbitration, using legislation based on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law, regional Arbitration law, and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules to enable them to understand and participate in such proceedings.

Who should attend?

The course focuses on legal principles, process, practice and procedure in Domestic Arbitration. It is therefore valuable for anyone wishing to understand this topic generally, for example as a party, party representative or witness. It is also an essential requirement for qualification as a Fellow of CIArb, and for those who aim to practice as a Domestic Arbitrator.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Define what is meant by the term ‘International’ Arbitration;
  • Identify, explain and apply the legal procedural principles, rules and agreements relevant to the conduct of an International Arbitration;
  • The legal framework, including limitations of matters that may be legally arbitrated;
  • The contractual nature of the appointment of an Arbitrator;
  • The range and limitations of an Arbitrator’s powers and jurisdiction;
  • The rights, duties and responsibilities of a party to an Arbitration;
  • The methods of initiating and processing an Arbitration;
  • The relevance of the court regarding all stages in an Arbitration;
  • The requirements of an enforceable Award;
  • Evaluate and apply the principles and legal requirements of an International Arbitration;
  • Evaluate issues and apply the principles of the UNCITRAL Model Law as well as a regional Arbitration law, appropriately;
  • Demonstrate practical skill in carrying out the tasks required in preparing for and progressing an International Arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling an International Arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and adopting appropriate procedures.

 How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of three months, with a combination of private study, attendance at three face-to-face tutorials and a coursework, which will be sent to candidates’ email on at the end of the course. 

The course date advertised is the start date of the course when candidates will be required to start their private study of reading NOT when they attend tutorials. The face-to face tutorial dates are listed on the Course Schedule.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no pre-requisite entry requirements for this course

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N200,000.00 and £174. The fee includes registration for the course, study materials and examination fee.

What is my next step when I complete the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • may progress onto Module 2 or 3 of the International Arbitration pathway. (eligibility dependent)
  • will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
Module 2: Law of Obligations (Civil Law and Common Law of Contract and Tort)

What is the aim of the course?

To provide an understanding of the relevant principles in the law of tort and the law of contract in the context of how disputes may arise and be resolved. This course is designed to consider both common and civil law jurisdictional principles to give a solid grounding to all practitioners.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for individuals who may not have studied law previously and wish to gain an understanding of the elements of the law of obligations that affect matters in civil and commercial disputes in a variety of different jurisdictions. It is suitable for anyone with a general interest in dispute resolution and is essential for individuals who wish to go on to become qualified Arbitrators, Adjudicators or Mediators. It is also suitable for those from either system of law wishing to improve or refresh their knowledge of the more unfamiliar system of law.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to demonstrate sound conceptual, technical and/or practical knowledge of:

  • The sources of law and demonstrate how these are used in a common/civil law;
  • The nature and significance of the different types of obligations;
  • The ability to evaluate and apply contractual and tortious remedies;
  • Analytical skills on problems using the law of contract and the law of tort

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of six months, with a combination of private study, attendance of the five face-to-face tutorials and a coursework, which will be sent to candidates’ email on at the end of the course. 

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the course, candidates must:

  • Have successfully completed and passed Module 1 – Law, Practice and Procedure
  • Applicants who have a recognized law degree or practicing law certificate may be eligible for the Module 2 Online Exemption Test.

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N300,000.00 and £342 . The fee includes registration for the course, study materials and examination fee.

What is my next step when I complete the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • may progress onto Module 3 of the International Arbitration, Domestic Arbitration or Construction Adjudication Pathway. (eligibility dependent)
Module 3: Evidence, Decision Making and Award Writing of Domestic Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

This module provides candidates with the knowledge required to understand and consider evidence, to weigh it up and analyze submissions, arrive at a conclusion and write a final, reasoned and enforceable Arbitration Award in compliance with the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1988.

This course focuses on the processes followed by an Arbitrator in defining the issues that have to be decided by an Award, dealing with the submissions made by the parties, analyzing the appropriate law, evaluating the evidence, applying the law to that evidence, arriving at a conclusion and then writing a final, reasoned and enforceable Award.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates, will be able to demonstrate sound conceptual, technical and/or practical knowledge of:

  • Recognizing and evaluating evidence;
  • The issues that arise from the parties’ submissions
  • Being able to create structure and deal with all the issues that arise;
  • Deciding matters in dispute logically and in accordance with the law;
  • The skills required to write Awards correctly;
  • The discursive and operative parts of the Award;
  • Being able to deal with the parties’ costs and interest of an Award;
  • Allocating Arbitrator’s fees and expenses;
  • Demonstrating compliance with the legal and other requirements for an enforceable Award

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of three months, with a combination of private study, attendance at three face-to-face tutorials and a coursework, which will be sent to candidates’ email on at the end of the course.  

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the course, candidates must:

  • Have successfully completed and passed the CIArb Module 1 Law, Practice and Procedure
  • Have successfully completed and passed the CIArb Module 2 Law of Obligations or
  • Been granted an exemption from the CIArb Module 2 Law of Obligations

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N400,000.00 and £408. The fee includes registration for the course, study materials and examination fee

What is my next step when I complete the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • May schedule a Peer Interview with CIArb’s Membership department
  • will be eligible to apply for Fellow grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.

Non Membership Courses

The CIArb Nigeria Branch also offers the following non membership courses for members and non-members those who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills in dealing with disputes

Arbitration Advocacy for Lawyers

What is the aim of the course?

The aim of this course is to provide a basic understanding and appreciation of the key, relevant aspects of the law and practise of arbitration in the Nigerian legal system and how arbitration disputes should be handled according to law.

Who Should attend

This course is intended for lawyers who have not done any courses on arbitration previously and wish to gain a firm understanding of all the key elements of arbitration and wish to understand the role of the lawyer as a party representative in Arbitration.

The course will also be valuable for lawyers who represent clients in arbitration.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this module candidates will be able to understand the following:

  • the difference between arbitration and litigation
  • how to draft enforceable arbitration agreements.
  • how to commence an arbitration.
  • Essential documents in arbitration
  • the different forms of hearing in arbitration.
  • the use of evidence in arbitration.
  • the issue of costs in arbitration.
  • recognition and enforcement and setting aside of arbitral awards

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of four hours.

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N35,000.00. The fee includes registration for the course and study materials.

Arbitral Secretaries Training

What is the aim of the course?

This training aims to provide an understanding of the administrative duties of Arbitral Secretaries in Arbitral Reference. Insights will be gained on how to conduct oneself professionally and carry out these duties without violating the rules of Arbitration.

Who should attend?

The training is oriented towards all who are interested in being part of the arbitral tribunal in the capacity of an Arbitral Secretary.  The course will be of benefit to those who want to grow and gain experience in the field of arbitration.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to effectively assist the Arbitral Tribunal in the course of administrative duties.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of four hours

What is the course fee and what does it include?

The course fee is N50,000. The fee includes registration for the course and study materials.

MasterClass ODR Course in Domestic & International Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

The Course is designed to offer a Comprehensive Technical Overview in the use of technology in conducting ONLINE Meetings.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will learn how to select an appropriate video-conference platform. Document Sharing and collaboration in Virtual meetings. They will also be trained on the conduct of virtual meetings with clients and parties professionally.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of two days.

What is the course fee ?

The course fee is N25,000 for members and N35,000 for non-members.

Advanced MasterClass ODR Course in Domestic & International Arbitration

What is the aim of the course?

The Course is designed to use of ICT in conducting virtual arbitration proceedings

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will learn how to choose and deploy virtual platforms, prepare electronic bundles, present evidence in virtual arbitration proceedings and conduct virtual evidentiary hearings with counsel and parties using various video conferencing platforms

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of three days.

What is the course fee ?

The course fee is N75,000 for members and N85,000 for non-members.

Advanced MasterClass ODR Course in Mediation

What is the aim of the course?

The Course is designed to use of ICT in conducting virtual Mediation proceedings. It will help participants gain a practical understanding of the use of various video conferencing platforms in Online Mediation

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will learn how to choose and deploy appropriate video conferencing platforms and conduct Online Mediation Proceedings with counsel and parties in a confidential and professional manner.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of three days.

What is the course fee ?

The course fee is N75,000 for members and N85,000 for non-members.

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