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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators commonly referred to as CIArb was founded in the United Kingdom in 1915, it was incorporated in 1924, and granted a Royal Charter in 1979. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators has a multi-disciplinary membership of over 16,000 members located in 133 countries around the world, supported by an international network of 40 Branches.

About the Nigeria Branch

The Nigeria Branch is one of the 41 Branches of the CIArb. The Institute approved the formation of the Branch in 1999 having fulfilled the requirements to be granted Branch status. Since then it has grown in its membership and has over 1,273 members. Its membership cuts across all disciplines including practitioners in Law, Construction, Shipping, Engineering, Insurance, Banking, Accounting, Oil & Gas etc.

The Nigeria Branch has in its fold, seasoned Arbitration Practitioners of international repute. In the exercise of its functions, it maintains close links with other professional arbitral bodies worldwide.

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

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators also maintains a register of qualified arbitrators and mediators, and monitors the professional conduct of its members while also providing continuing professional development to ensure that progressive training is undertaken.

In the United Kingdom, the President and the Vice Presidents of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators are responsible for appointment of arbitrators under the rules of many independent arbitration schemes and will, in addition, make individual appointments when so requested by the parties to any dispute. Furthermore, many of the important professional and trade bodies in the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, take note of entries on the Chartered Institute's register when appointing arbitrators under their own rules.

The Branch currently has three Chapters, Abuja Chapter, Port Harcourt Chapter and the Ibadan Chapter.

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