Working in collaboration brings us together and creates opportunities for the benefit of all. Ciarb works with a range of other organisations to bring further benefits to its members, to promote and facilitate effective dispute resolution across the world, and for the wider benefit of the sector.  


The Asia MENA ADR Cooperative Group

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ciarb) is confirmed as a supporting organisation of the Asia MENA ADR Cooperative Group (AMACG).


Ciarb has signed a memorandum of understanding with the TCC ADR Centre, the founding organisation behind AMACG. Under the agreement, the two organisations will work collaboratively in support of AMACG’s aim, which is to support the growth of and collaboration between member organisations across the Asia and MENA regions.


AMACG’s broad aims include: 

  • Capacity building 
  • Knowledge sharing 
  • Resource optimisation 
  • Enhanced cross-border business opportunities 
  • Global marketing 
  • Networking 
  • International collaboration 
  • Research and innovation 


Catherine Dixon, CEO of Ciarb, said, “We have seen extraordinary interest and growth in private dispute resolution in the MENA and Asia regions. This has led to the recent establishment of Ciarb Branches in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Ciarb is pleased to be a supporting organisation of AMACG. By working collaboratively, organisations across these regions can improve and enhance the promotion and adoption of effective dispute resolution more effectively.” 


Mian Sheraz Javaid, Ciarb Pakistan Branch Chair and Chair of the TCC ADR Centre, the organisation behind AMACG, said, “I am delighted that Ciarb is a supporting organisation of AMACG. We aim to improve access to justice, as well as training and work opportunities for dispute resolution professionals across the regions. I am heartened by the level of interest in the Group from member organisations and the willingness to work together.” 


To join the AMACG, organisations should contact TCC ADR Group at 


TCC ADR Centre Limited is a non-for-profit Section 42 Registered ADR Centre in Pakistan. TCC is Pakistan’s first specialised ADR Centre, catering to technology, construction, and commercial disputes.


The Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ciarb) and the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) have signed a memorandum of understanding, formalising their intention to collaborate with each other.


Under the agreement, the two organisations will endeavour to work closely with each other to: 


  • Enable members to network and learn across the professions. 
  • Promote their respective organisations and professions. 
  • Co-operate on issues of shared concern to better represent members’ interests.

Catherine Dixon, CEO of Ciarb, said, “As Royal Chartered institutions and global professional membership bodies, there are clear synergies between Ciarb and CICES. By working together, we can provide greater opportunities for our respective memberships to further their knowledge and understanding of private dispute resolution and civil engineering. By collaborating, we aim to better support our members who may work across or move between the professions.” 


Simon Hamlyn, CEO of CICES, said, “I am delighted that we are renewing our MoU with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as it reinforces our joint commitment to each other’s organisations and will help us to ensure a positive environment for further collaboration in our areas of common interest.” 


The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) is the leading international professional body for specialists in geospatial engineering and commercial management in infrastructure. CICES membership demonstrates that individuals are competent in their field and committed to continuing professional development.


Within the two fields of geospatial engineering and commercial management, members can specialise in land and engineering surveying; hydrographic surveying; photogrammetry and remote sensing; GIS; utilities and subsurface mapping; quantity surveying; estimating; planning; cost engineering; procurement engineering; project management; and construction law.


CICES has expert panels to liaise and collaborate with industry, academia, government and other professional bodies. It has members worldwide, with active regions including in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, UAE, Americas, Australia and Macau.


Law Society of Scotland

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Ciarb) is working in partnership with the Law Society of Scotland (LSS) to help promote the use of arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). With recent disruption to court services, ADR is an attractive option for many clients.


We believe that one of the best ways in which we can promote the use of private dispute resolution is to provide high quality training to enable aspiring ADR professionals to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in this field.


Between us, we provide a range of training, qualifications and accreditations ranging from entry level learning opportunities through to Ciarb Diplomas and on to specialist accreditation by the LSS.


Ciarb training and development opportunities 


We provide a range of training courses leading to qualifications in arbitration, mediation and construction adjudication, and to support career development: 


  • Qualifications – supporting delegates to build their knowledge and skills in particular private dispute resolution disciplines. These courses lead to Associate (ACIArb), Member (MCIArb) or Fellow (FCIArb) status.
  • Diplomas – in-depth training from highly experienced tutors. These prestigious Diplomas lead to Fellow status (FCIArb). 
  • On-demand courses – ready when you are! Ranging from mediation to award writing. 
  • Ongoing Learning – designed to help practitioners deepen their knowledge and skills.


Law Society of Scotland training and development opportunities 


As well as CPD seminars and training sessions in dispute resolution, the Law Society accredits those working in arbitration and mediation providing recognition for practitioners with greater experience and expertise. 


  • Accredited Mediator – providing accreditation for family mediators and commercial mediators 
  • Accredited Specialist in Arbitration Law – recognising solicitors who have a high level of expertise in arbitration law 
  • Approved Solicitor Arbitrator – recognising those who have achieved accreditation as an accredited specialist in arbitration law and have undertaken additional formal training such as Fellowship of the Ciarb or equivalent experience.


Find out more about the Law Society of Scotland’s training and accreditations.



To raise awareness of the benefits of dispute resolution and the essential role it plays in wider society, Ciarb is signatory to a range of pledges.

Other key relationships

Climate Action for Associations

As a global organisation, Ciarb is acutely aware of the need for sustainability and the increasing impact of climate change. As well as looking critically at its own operations Ciarb has sought to raise awareness in the wider sector of these issues, particularly as they are a factor in an increasing number of disputes.  


Ciarb is working with CAFA who help organisations like ours to measure and reduce their carbon footprint and support them to become Certified Net Zero Associations.