Accelerated Route to Fellowship


The Accelerated Route to Fellowship (“ARF”) Program is designed for senior practitioners in the field of dispute resolution procedures. Fellowship is the highest grade of membership and allows the use of the designation FCIArb.

The New York Branch is pleased to offer remote and in-person options for an ARF course in December 2021 in conjunction with the Canada and North American Branches:
In-Person Option – Miami, Florida, USA, December 10 and 11 (plus exam)
Remote Option – Zoom videoconference, December 3, 4, 10 and 11 (plus exam)

**VACCINATION REQUIREMENT:  The host venue for the in-person program requires that all persons entering the building be fully vaccinated.  Therefore, register for the in-person program ONLY IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

To learn more about the program and course faculty, download the brochure here.

Tutors from the New York Branch include:

Steven Certilman, C.Arb:  Mr. Certilman is a corporate and commercial attorney and commercial litigator with more than thirty years of experience as a  domestic and international arbitrator and mediator. He has extensive experience in a wide range of areas and is a member of major arbitration panels worldwide. Mr. Certilman is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is the author of numerous articles, a former adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law and a frequent presenter and trainer in arbitration. Mr. Certilman was honored to have been twice elected to serve as Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Michele S. Riley, FCIArb:  Ms. Riley has over 30 years of international legal experience from working with international law firms in New York and Tokyo, Japan, specializing in commercial transactions and ADR processes, both in private practice and as general counsel of a U.S.-based subsidiary of a Japanese multinational. Ms. Riley serves as a CPR Distinguished Neutral, and is on ICDR’s international panel, AAA’s commercial arbitration and mediation panels, and the Pro Bono Appellate Mediator Panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  Complementing her ADR practice, Ms. Riley teaches mediation and negotiation at Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.


Nancy M. Thevenin, FCIArb (virtual program only) Ms. Thevenin is an international arbitrator and mediator based in New York City. She is a Fellow of CIArb, an adjunct professor of the International Commercial Arbitration course at St. John’s University School of Law, a past chair of NYSBA International Section, and a Member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators for the Republic of Haiti. Ms. Thevenin has over 20 years’ experience handling disputes for multinational companies and governments in the construction and engineering, financial services, commercial real estate and aviation industries, often involving issues concerning mergers and acquisition, sales, distribution, licensing, technology transfer and leasing agreements. Ms. Thevenin also serves as a general counsel for the United States Council for International Business (USCIB/ICC USA), the U.S. national committee to the ICC International Court of Arbitration© and manages its Arbitration & ADR Committee, which, inter alia, nominates of U.S. arbitrators, makes referrals to parties seeking arbitration practitioners and arbitrators, and serves as a resource for the U.S. business community about the ICC’s dispute resolution services.


Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Assessment

The Accelerated Route to Fellowship program is designed for senior practitioners in the field of dis-pute 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 Insti-tute 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:

1. 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 com-plex international arbitration and role play simulations.

2. 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.

3. 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 ex-am is administered as part of this program. To receive a passing grade, the award must meet international standards for enforcement. The exam administration and as-sessment 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 tui-tion fee of this program.

Who Should Attend? You are a practicing lawyer with substantial complex litigation and/or dis-pute 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 (

Assessment. 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 Candidates may apply for Associate CIArb membership with the Char-tered Institute of Arbitrators at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen during the oral assessment portion of the program?
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.

What grade of membership will I be entitled to?
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. Ap-plying 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.

Timing and Scheduling

In-Person Program

The program will commence at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning, December 10, 2021 (workshops will commence at 9:00) and will conclude at 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 11, 2021. The award writing examination will proceed as described below.

There will be a cocktail reception and dinner for Candidates and Faculty on Friday, December 10, 2021 at Delores But You Can Call Me Lolita, 1000 S. Miami Ave., Miami FL starting at 6:30 PM. The cost of this reception/dinner is included in your tuition fee. A light breakfast, lunch, and beverages/snacks will be provided on Friday and Saturday by our host Hogan Lovells at no cost to our attendees.

Friday, December 10, 2021
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 11, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Remote Video Program

If we convert the program to a remote video format, the program will commence at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time – Miami, FL), December 3, 2021. The workshops will occur on the days and at the times set forth below. The award writing examination will proceed as described below.

Friday, December 3, 2021
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Saturday, December 4, 2021
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Friday, December 10, 2021
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Saturday, December 11, 2021
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET

Award Writing Exam
(In-Person AND Remote Video)
Participants will be required to write a reasoned award. They will have 48 hours to write their award at any time they wish during the period December 15, 2021 and December 19, 2021

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