Welcome to The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – New York Branch

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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is a learned society and charity, headquartered in London, which provides worldwide scholarship and professional development for all areas of alternative dispute resolution. It is also the only accrediting body for arbitrators which confers credentials that are widely recognized and respected around the world.

The Chartered Institute’s New York Branch represents the Institute in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Membership in the Branch is automatic for all members of the Institute in the region and available on request to Institute members outside the region. Anyone interested in alternative dispute resolution can become a member of the Chartered Institute by fulfilling the requirements for the desired level of membership for which they are qualified (Membership information including an on-line application is available by clicking here.)

The Branch regularly collaborates with arbitral and professional organizations worldwide and local academic institutions to bring our members informative and timely professional programs, speakers, conferences and courses that advance the use and practice of ADR and enhance the abilities and opportunities of our members. The Branch also offers regular social gatherings at which members can meet new colleagues and renew existing friendships both within the Branch and with others in the ADR community.

A Message from the Branch Chair

Since the CIArb NY Branch was formed six years ago to serve the members of the Institute who are based in the States of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and to promote understanding and the practice of arbitration and ADR in the Branch’s three-state territory, the Branch has been a hard-working and vital contributor to the New York-based international arbitration community.  As a result, we have experienced a threefold increase in Institute membership in the Branch’s territory. The Institute recently designated Columbia Law School Professor George A. Bermann as the Branch’s Patron. Thomas D. Halket, a founder and past chair of the Branch, served in calendar year 2019 as the Institute’s first-ever President elected from the United States. 

The Branch’s many programs and events have ranged from roundtable presentations on practical topics for Branch members and guests (for example, Cybersecurity How-To for Arbitrators, and Damages and Interest Awards in Arbitration) to the Branch’s 5-day Columbia – CIArb Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration offered annually at the conclusion of the academic year.

The Branch conducts a Student Article Competition open to full-time students at law schools located in the Branch’s three-state territory. The submission deadline for the 2019/20 Student Article Competition is February 4, 2020. Up to three cash prizes will be awarded ($5,000 $3,000 and $2,000). Prize winners are afforded an opportunity to submit their articles to the Institute for consideration for publication. The Yale Law School and NYU Law School students who won prizes in 2019 have seen their prize-winning articles published in the Institute’s prestigious and widely read Journal.

The Branch’s Spring Luncheon for members and guests will take place on March 25, 2020 at Vinson & Elkins LLP.  The topic, Applying the International Standard for Interim Measures in International Arbitration and in Emergency Arbitration, promises practical guidance for arbitrators.

The 2020 Columbia – CIArb Comprehensive Course will take place on June 15-19, 2020 at Hogan Lovells. The Comprehensive Course features an all-star, all-volunteer faculty of prominent advocates, arbitrators, academics and arbitral institution representatives led by Professor Bermann and CIArb Fellows who serve as course co-directors. The Comprehensive Course attracts registrants from around the world including advocates, former judges who serve as arbitrators, government ministry officials, academics, in-house counsel and graduate students. To promote diversity, we offer up to three full scholarships to AAA Higginbotham Fellows, three of whom completed the Course in 2019. 

The Institute’s Accelerated Route to Fellowship (ARF) will be given on June 22-24, 2020 at the AAA Midtown Hearing Center. The Branch offers the ARF during the week immediately following the Comprehensive Course so that stalwarts who travel from afar for the Comprehensive Course can also participate in the 2.5-day ARF while they are in New York. 

The Branch joins with and supports the efforts and programming of locally active arbitral institutions, arbitration-related organizations and bar association groups. Most notably, in 2019 the Branch formed a joint Organizing Committee with the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC) to plan and coordinate the first-ever New York Arbitration Week on November 19-22, 2019.  The Branch’s substantive contribution to the Week consisted of an extremely well-received, half-day CLE program on the newly issued ALI Restatement of the US Law of International Arbitration. The Restatement program featured the Reporters and the advisers who were most active in the decade-long Restatement project. All New York Arbitration Week programs were oversubscribed and were of a very high caliber. The gala dinner was well attended and festive. Mark your calendars for New York Arbitration Week on November 17-20, 2020 and stay abreast of developments as they unfold on this website, at www.nyiac.org, and at www.nyarbitrationweek.org, where you can also review the 2019 Week calendar as a harbinger of things to come.

Richard L. Mattiaccio, FCIArb, C Arb