NASA Leadership, Team Building & Management Program — How to Build Powerful Social Infrastructures in Project Teams – New Workshop announced for IPMA World Congress in Crete


4 October 2012 – Athens, Greece – The organizing team for the 26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management being held in Crete in late October have announced a major new pre-congress workshop, NASA’s Team Management and Leadership Program.  The all-day learning event will be held on Sunday, 28 October 2012 at the World Congress venue in Crete, Greece.  The instructor is Dragos Bratasanu.  More information at http://www.ipma2012.gr/workshopdragos.

Workshop Description

NASA’s official Team Management and Leadership Program has boosted team performance in over 1500 NASA project teams, engineering teams and management teams, including the people responsible for NASA’s most complex missions – the Space Shuttle, space telescopes, robots on Mars and space missions. Used by organizations around the world, the system has been shown to improve project and programme delivery and is especially useful for multiple projects and mission critical environments.

These tools are used by the NASA Academy of Project / Programme & Engineering Leadership to reduce the risk of failure and maximize performance in their teams. The workshop is based on the book “How NASA Builds Teams” (Wiley, 2009). It is personally endorsed by Dr. Charles Pellerin, NASA Director of Astrophysics, Professor of Leadership, and Leader of The Hubble Telescope Team.

Workshop Strengths

  • 5000% Annual Return-on-Investment for Enhanced Team Performance
  • 2100% Annual Return-on-Investment for Enhanced Individual Performance
  • Offers a clear diagnosis for team risk and performance
  • Uses a proven standard from NASA to measure performance against
  • Develops people from the first assessment
  • Produces assessments that are brief, clear and action able
  • Sets a clear baseline for actions
  • Uses repetition to reinforce learning
  • Justifies the investment through verified, scientifically-sound quantitative data
  • Reveals how to turn insights into immediate actions

According to Dr. Charles Pellerin, Former NASA Director of Astrophysics, “This is the most effective team building and risk reduction system in existence.”

This workshop is offered by the NASA Academy of Project / Program & Engineering Leadership to NASA teams.  It is being used by organizations such as NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Boeing, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Ernst & Young, nuclear agencies and many other organizations world-wide.  To see a short video produced by the workshop speaker, click the image at left, or navigate to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6qnedHfulg.

Workshop Benefits

According to the IPMA announcement, upon completing the workshop participants will

* Communicate decisions in a way that fosters willing reception

* Understand the deep importance of a project mindset and learn how to shift mindsets to optimize the different phases of a project

* Learn how to discover the culture of a sponsor / funding partner from RFPs and how to tailor the proposal to this culture in order to win the contract

* Understand behaviors that affect team leadership, teamwork, and organizational interfaces

* Select effective actions to improve personal behaviors and increase effectiveness and efficiency of teams

* Understand the key behavioral norms that need to be address to increase project / programme performance

* Know team’s performance value in relationship to over 300 NASA teams and the steps needed to progress

* Benefit from over 5000% ROI for the entire team

Speaker’s short biography

“Dragos Bratasanu is a highly creative and innovative personality. Being 100% committed to his vision, he always focuses on new ways to expand the quality and value of services and benefits for his clients and partners. Inherently conceptual and following new, great ideas, Dragos reveals innovative, sometimes magical solutions to challenges.

He deeply understands the forces that drive the success of a team, appreciates the value of team members, thus fostering willing and energizing collaborations. Creating social environments of high trustworthiness and efficient action, Dragos is growing into a wonderful space leader.”

— Dr. Charles Pellerin, NASA Former Director of Astrophysics, Leader of Hubble Telescope Team

Enrolment for this Pre-Congress Workshop: €290.  For more information, go to http://www.ipma2012.gr/workshopdragos.

The theme for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Integrating Project Management Standards. Integrate your own standards for project and program success at this 2012 IPMA World Congress. Play a part in the design of the Congress with your proposals; interact in vibrant sessions and workshops; rejoice in the wide publication of the results. There is a way forward in times of economic challenges. Project Management and you should be part of it.  Visit http://www.ipma2012.gr/index.php for information or to register.

Crete is the largest island in Greece. Next to being the home of the first European civilisation – the Minoan civilization dating 5000 years ago — the island offers mountains and sandy beaches which belong among the finest in the world. Crete has a mild Mediterranean climate and the conference participants will have the opportunity to taste one of the oldest and most tasty gastronomic traditions in the world and to enjoy the famous Cretan hospitality.

26th IPMA World Congress on Project Management will be held at the spectacular Creta Maris Beach Resort, just 24 kilometres from Heraklion International Airport and close to the fishing village of Hersonissos, near a long sweeping bay of sandy beach and crystal clear water.

The 26th IPMA World Congress is being organized by the Network of Project Managers in Greece (PM-Greece), the Greek member association of IPMA, in cooperation with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), under auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure. The Chairman for the 26th IPMA World Congress is Dr. John – Paris Pantouvakis, Associate Professor, Director of the Department of Construction Engineering & Management, Faculty of Civil Engineering, NTUA, Athens, Greece. Professor Pantouvakis can be contacted at [email protected]

Founded in 1965 and registered in Switzerland, the International Project Management Association (IPMA) was the world’s first project management professional organization. IPMA is an international federation of more than 50 national PM societies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. IPMA offers an International Competence Baseline standard, a four-level project manager certification, expert seminars and global knowledge.  IPMA’s annual world congress is one of the most important meetings of the world’s project management experts and leaders each year.  The president of IPMA for 2012 is Roberto Mori.  Additional information about IPMA is available at www.ipma.ch

Risk Management: Past, Present and Future – all day Risk Management event in Reading on 18 October


29 June 2012 – Reading, UK – The APM Risk SIG will sponsor an all-day risk management learning event in Reading on Thursday, 18 October 2012.  The event will take place at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel, Caversham Bridge, Richfield Avenue, Reading from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and is worth up to 7 hours for CPD credits for participants.

This big risk management event coincides with both the 40th birthday celebrations of the Association for Project Management (APM) and the release of the APM Risk SIG’s publication ‘Views from the chair’.  Some of the leading figures in risk management will look at the history of project risk management, where the project control discipline is at today and where it is perceived to be going tomorrow.

Several previous APM Risk SIG Chairmen, all internationally recognised risk management subject matter experts, have agreed to continue discussions from their contributions in the ‘Views from the chair’ publication and expand on their current thoughts on project risk management – and hopefully recount a little on their tenure at the helm of one of the APM’s largest and most popular specific interest groups.

As good risk management practice is all about forward thinking, in the afternoon the event will look to the future with contributions from the new generation of project management professionals, inviting the APM’s award winning young practitioners to suggest how they see project risk management developing further.

The event facilitator will align the discussions from the past Chairmen and the leading figures of tomorrow with actual significant events in the world of project management and discuss how these shaped project risk management as we know it and what we may expect in 2013 and beyond.  This event promises to be a thought provoking forum with inputs from the leading figures in today’s and tomorrow’s project risk management community.

Delegate objectives:

–       To gain an understanding of the origins of project risk management and if the original project control objectives are still valid across industry today

–       Develop and enhance wider perspectives in project risk management

–       Debate on where risk management is going forward in tomorrow’s project


Introduction: David West – APM Volunteers Manager, with responsibility for the development and operation of APM’s volunteer community and its activities, will discuss “The APM SIGs and the ‘Views from the chair’ publication”

Keynote Speaker 1: Prof. Chris Chapman – Professor of Management Science, University of Southampton; Senior Associate, The Nichols Group.  Chris was the founding chairman of the APM Risk SIG in 1986 and he remained in the chair until 1992. He is a consultant and academic focused on risk, opportunity and uncertainty management. Chris has extensive experience as a consultant with a wide range of organisations, mainly in the UK, Canada and the USA, but also in other European and South American countries. Appointed Professor of Management Science at Southampton in 1985, Emeritus Professor in 2004, he is now on a part-time university contract. Chris became a Senior Associate of The Nichols Group in 2004.

Keynote Speaker 2: Ken Newland: APM Risk SIG chairman between 1996 and 1997, Ken’s background is mainly in Defence, spending 23 years at Ferranti in electronic engineering, project management, quality assurance and business development.  A Fellow of the APM, Ken co-edited the first edition of the APM PRAM Guide and contributed to the second edition. He was also one of the authors of the “Interfacing Risk and EVM” Guide.

Keynote Speaker 3: Dr. David Hillson – Risk Doctor & Partners: Known globally as The Risk Doctor, Dr David Hillson is well-known internationally as a leading thinker and expert practitioner in risk management. David is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Association for Project Management (APM), where he has contributed to the risk discipline over many years. He was Chairman of the APM Risk SIG from 1998-2000 and has edited three major guides for APM.  Dr Hillson is an active Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) to contribute to its Risk Commission. He is also a Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Group Debate : What are main lessons learnt from the last 25 years?

Keynote Speaker 4: Vicki Barlow, AgustaWestland: Reflections of a new risk manager.  A graduate in Business Management, Vicki has worked at AgustaWestland, an Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer, for 10 years. During that time, she has gained experience in a variety of areas including Project Management, Commercial, Bids and Supply Chain Management.

Keynote Speaker 5: Will Sargeant, APM Young project manager of the year 2011/12 and Senior consultant at Qedis, and Simon Holden, Manager at Qedis and currently heading up a PMO team supporting the mayor IT and logistics projects at one of the nation’s largest retailers.

Topic: Turning risk management into playtime.

Conclusions: Peter Campbell – APM Risk SIG Chairman: Peter has been the longest-serving chairman of the APM Risk SIG. He was chairman from 2004-2011, and has recently resumed this role again in 2012. Peter is an active supporter of risk management in addition to his role with the Risk SIG, being a British Standards Institution Risk Management committee member and providing support to professional bodies and universities. Peter has been a contributing author for risk guides and standards such as BS31100, Integrating Risk and Earned Value Management, the Project Risk Analysis & Management Guide, Prioritising Project Risks, the APM Body of Knowledge and the Office of Government Commerce Management of Risk guidance. He will speak on how the APM Risk SIG is going to support project risk management in 2013 and beyond?

The event is priced at £72.00 for APM members and £87.00 for others.  For more about the event, to see speaker bios or to book a spot, visit http://www.apm.org.uk/event/project-risk-management-past-present-and-future.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

The PM Channel Launches in UK with innovative on-demand video information and learning resource for Project Management


21 September 2012 – London, UK – Provek Limited ( who is an accredited project management training organisation owned by an educational charity)  has announced the launch of The PM Channel.

This innovative online, on-demand video learning and development resource, developed by project professionals for project professionals offers three unique subscription packages for PM qualifications to be studied from as little as £49 a year.

With over 400 individual resources by 100 contributors, The PM Channel provides more than 100 hours of resources.   Most resources on The PM Channel have slides synced to the video.  Further supporting information is provided as pdf attachments.

According to their news release, The PM Channel has three subscriptions package available, as follows:

The first is an Introductory package which gives access to the APM Introductory Certificate Course as well as some additional content such as Professional Information, Best Practice Series, Selected Keynote Speakers from recent major PM Conferences and Continuing Professional Development Log.

The second is a Qualifications bundle which provides APMP, PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner, and APM Risk Management courses including Remote Tutor Support as well as some additional content such as Professional Information, Best Practice Series, Selected Keynote Speakers, and CPD Certificate and Log.  This solution is intended to be a good compromise between a classic course and an e-learning method.  It is also a cost effective approach to gain a qualification, the only additional cost being the manuals and exams fees.

The final package is a Development package which includes national and International Conferences, Short Courses, Professional Information, Best Practice Series, By Topics A-Z and CPD Certificate and Log. This package provides access to top speakers from national and international conferences.  CPD Certificate is awarded at the end of each module completed.

The PM Channel is available to multiple-users within organisations as well as for the individual.  Organisations such as Virgin Media, BMW and the London Business School have already used The PM Channel within project management training solutions for their staff.  Visit The PM Channel for some resources that are freely available and for more information: http://www.thepmchannel.com

If you would like more information about The PM Channel or would like schedule an interview with Andrew Delo, founder of The PM Channel, please call Nadege Pouch on 01635 524610 or send an email to Nadege at [email protected].

Tongji University Achieves PMI GAC Accreditation in China


On Saturday the 15th of September the PMI Global Accreditation Center (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs awarded accreditation to Tongji University for their Master of Engineering in Project Management. The accreditation award was presented by GAC Chair John Cable. Dr. Qian Shi accepted the award on behalf of Tongji University.

According to Prof Cable’s speech at the ceremony in Beijing:

The PMI GAC is a specialized accrediting body. Our mission is to advance excellence in project management education worldwide through collaboration with and support of academic institutions through accreditation of academic programs. We are committed to the attainment of and continuous improvement of excellence in project management education. The primary objective is to ensure that “GAC Accredited” education programs prepare students to meet the current and anticipated needs of businesses, government, and non-profit organizations for qualified professionals in the field of project management.

Credible institutions of higher learning seek to demonstrate the quality of their specialized academic programs by also having them accredited. You have achieved the high distinction of earning programmatic accreditation by meeting or exceeding a set of high international standards developed by global peers.

Graduates from Tongji now join students graduating from Tsinghua, Shanghai Jiao Tong, and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication in benefiting from waiving the requirement to take the course in preparation for taking the PMP exam from PMI.


1)    Defines higher education in the US and increasingly around the world

2)    Encourages self-evaluation, reflection, planning, and continuous improvement

3)    Promotes and facilitates communications across institutions

4)    Tells potential applicants that you have achieved and maintain high standards.

5)    Has helped create the conditions for the US to develop a divers, flexible, and robust higher education system widely admired around the world.

You have now joined distinguished institutions from Australia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Romania, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. You are now welcomed by the over 387,000 members of the PMI representing 191   countries as an institution with an accredited academic program.

Congratulations on a well deserved distinction!

Photo: GAC Chair John Cable – Prof Qian Shi of Tongji University

Photo courtesy of John Cable

Established by PMI in 2001, the PMI GAC accredits degree programs at the bachelors, masters and doctorate levels in the field of project management that are offered within accredited institutions of higher education worldwide.  The GAC confers accreditation only upon the degree programs within institutions that meet the accreditation standards defined in the GAC Handbook of Accreditation of Degree Programs in Project Management – Third Edition. View a list of GAC Accredited Degree or Applicant Degree programs.

For more about the GAC, visit http://www.pmi.org/Professional-Development/Global-Accreditation-Center.aspx.

APMP Workshop by Lucidus in Hong Kong 18-21 September

A Progressing in Project Management workshop aimed at helping project managers pass the APMP qualification will be held in Hong Kong during 18-21 September 2012.  The course will be presented by Lucidus Consulting Limited, an Association for Project Management (APM) accredited provider.  An APMP exam will be held on  22 or 29 September 2012.

According to the announcement, “Project management is an essential skill for most people, particularly those working in organisations that depend on managed change through projects and programmes to develop and deliver their business.  One foundational step on the path to becoming a great project manager is to acquire the full breadth of knowledge, and appreciate how this knowledge applies in practice.  Our Progressing in Project Management (PIPM) event is designed to embed this foundational knowledge in a completely different and memorable way, and in doing so prepare participants for the Association for Project Management (APM) APMP examination.”

PIPM is a 60 hour event, 36 hours of this is face-to-face with us in the classroom and 24 hours is self-study based on materials we provide in advance. Self study is administered via our own distance learning website.

Participants will leave the event with:

− All the knowledge needed to pass the APMP exam.
− An appreciation of how the knowledge applies to their real work.
− A memorable experience with unique and useful course materials.
− Confidence to put the knowledge into practice, and so develop their project management skills.

Participants will sit the three hour, essay-based examination after the workshop. The price includes a whole range of study materials including an APM Body of Knowledge, a copy of Starting Out in Project Management and 160 flash-cards designed to help lock the key terms and phrases into memory.

Participant requirements: This event is suitable for people who have some past experience working on projects in some capacity; the APM suggest two years experience. Participants are encouraged to do the self-study in advance otherwise they may find the face-to-face element very intensive.

This workshop is sponsored by the Hong Kong branch of APM.  For further details including how to book please click here or contact [email protected].

Source: Association for Project Management

October 2nd Portfolio Management Workshop in London to Feature Prominent PPM Experts

The APM Portfolio Management SIG will hold a half day workshop focussed on how best to achieve value from successful portfolio management application and delivery. The event will benefit portfolio management professionals, change leaders and those wishing to understand more about the portfolio management discipline.  The event will take place from on 2 October 2012 from noon until 5:30 p.m. at Trafalgar Events, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA.  Cost is £36.00 for APM members or £54.00 all others.

Good practices and principles of portfolio management will be shared, followed by speakers who will outline practical application through case studies in their organisations and sectors. Each speaker will share their insights followed by active audience participation in order to compare and contrast collective experiences through Q&A and panel discussion.  The day’s agenda will be as follows:

Introduction and welcome – Stephen Parrett ,Chairman of APM Portfolio Management SIG

Portfolio Management – Influencing the Weather? Stephen Jenner – The case for portfolio management is compelling – in theory. But on planet earth, many organisations struggle to make the theory a reality. Addressing this calls for an understanding of the personal, organisational, and psychological barriers to effective operation.

The Case for Portfolio Management – David Dunning (Corporate Project Solutions Ltd), Rebecca West and Peter Lisley (City of London Corporation) – There’s no doubt that there are compelling arguments for portfolio management but translating the theory into practice and demonstrating the value to senior management is where it gets tough. During this session David Dunning will talk about the arguments for portfolio management, the barriers to implementation and how to sell it in an organisation. To prove it is possible to convince an organisation to change its ways and adopt portfolio management, Peter Lisley and Rebecca West will speak about their experiences at the City of London Corporation where the arrangements they have introduced are starting to produce some powerful results.

The Benefits of Portfolio Management – Paul Hirst (HM Revenue & Customs) and Achilleas Mavrellis (DEFRA) – Case studies from portfolio management in action.  Paul and Achilleas will look at case studies from central government including management of change and BAU portfolios.  They will touch on how hard it is is sometimes for government to manage benefits, both for practical and fundamental reasons, but how, at least, the benefits of portfolio management make themselves evident in increased efficiency and improved value for money.

Building Portfolios to maximise value – A tough balancing act – Stuart Dixon (PMO SIG) & Stephen Parrett (Portfolio SIG and Right Change Consulting) – Stuart and Stephen will outline some of the factors that influence the creation of a project portfolio, drawing on their experiences in the financial services sector. This session will include examples of key building blocks and competing criteria that influence project/programme prioritisation, and the balance that has to be struck in the real world in order to construct a “do-able” portfolio.

Governance of Portfolios and Portfolio Management – Martin Samphire (3pmxl Ltd and Governance SIG Chairman)  – Portfolio management is growing in importance as organisations look to gain greater value from their overall investment in change and projects, and ensure that the organisational portfolio of change does deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives. But how does an organisation ensure that the culture, ways of working and capabilities are in place to support such objectives? Governance of project management is the key – and the role of the board / leadership team is crucial. He will explain the work of the APM Governance SIG, particularly as it relates to portfolio management, and draw on examples to explain why the board role and good governance is crucial to portfolio success.

For more information or to book a seat, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/portfolio-management-theory-adding-value.

Founded in 1972, the Association for Project Management (APM) is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management

CIArb President Conducts Arbitration Workshops in UAE

By Saad Hegazy in Dubai

4 September 2012, Dubai, UAE – CIArb President Jeffrey Elkinson FCIArb, visited UAE between 3th and 5th of September 2012.  During his busy visit Jeffrey conducted many meeting with the arbitration stakeholders in UAE.  Jeffrey presented two main workshops and social events to the CIArb Members in UAE, one in Dubai on the 3rd of September and the second on 4th in Abu Dhabi.

“Integrity of the Tribunal” was the title of the workshop delivered by Jeffery in Dubai, who explained very important ideas including, why the integrity of the tribunal matters, modern principles of fairness, the challenge, how the tribunal should be formed and appointed, the ethics rules for international arbitration, communication, conflicts of interest, waiver, and the Med-Arb Theory, besides many other concepts and discussions.

The Abu Dhabi workshop was quite different, as beside Jeffery workshop; CIArb invited Arbitration Samples to deliver keynote speeches in the event, Dr. Magdy Kassim the Executive Manager Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Center ADCCAC started the evening and delivered general introduction also International Effect of the Arbitration Award Issued by the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre, Essam Al Tamimi (CIArb UAE Branch Patron) spoke about The Changing Face of International Arbitration, Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid (CIArb Regional Trustee) about The Role of National Courts in Strengthening Arbitration, at the end James Abbott (CIArb UAE Branch Vice-Chairman) moderated a Panel Discussion on Perspectives of International Arbitration.

Later in the presentation Jeffrey handed some of the CIArb Members their certificates, and a social gathering started later to this.

In the Picture Jeffery delivering Saad Hegazy the PM Journal International Correspondent his certificate

CIArb UAE branch will conduct many workshops and social events in the future, especially for the new members; these events were organized by the valued efforts of Michael Tonkin FCIArb and Lee Barry LLM.

Jeffrey Elkinson ( on the right) was born in Ireland, graduated from Trinity College Dublin and Kings Inns Dublin with three law degrees and, having practiced in Ireland as a barrister, moved to Hong Kong where he practiced there. Married to an Australian (where he is also called to the Bar), Jeffrey moved to Bermuda in 1988.

In addition to being a member of the Bars of Ireland, Hong Kong, New South Wales and Bermuda, Jeffrey is also a member of the Bars of England & Wales, New York, United States Court of International Trade, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Eastern Caribbean Supreme CourtHe is a Fellow of the Institute and Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator. Jeffrey was instrumental in establishing the Bermuda Branch of the Institute in 1994. He is a Director/Partner of Conyers Dill and Pearman Limited, the largest Bermudian law firm which has additional offices in Hong Kong, Moscow, Singapore, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Mauritius, Sao Paolo, Cyprus, Dubai and London.

His practice is in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, and he specializes in the areas of banking, trusts, insurance and reinsurance, construction, administrative law, telecommunications and energy. Chambers Global 2010 recognizes him as a leading dispute resolution lawyer and states that “Jeffrey is very well regarded for his prolific work on trusts cases and the strong telecoms expertise that supports his broad commercial litigation practice.” He is also recognized as a leader in his field in PLCWhich Lawyer 2010, The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration 2010, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2010 and The International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers 2010

Jeffrey is an active arbitrator, mediator and counsel in domestic and international disputes with appointments from the ICC, LCIA and the Chartered Institute. He is also a panelist for HKIAC Domain Name Disputes. He is a former tutor of international commercial arbitration diploma courses of the Chartered Institute, tutor for fellowship courses of the Chartered Institute and course director and tutor for its members’ courses. He is chairman of the Bermuda Bar Professional Conduct Committee and Justice of the Peace. Jeffrey is co-Author of the ICCA Handbook Bermuda Chapter, Spitz’ Tax Havens of the World and Butterworths Offshore Cases and Materials.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world’s leading professional body for promoting the settlement of disputes by arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

Founded in 1915, CIArb was granted a Royal Charter in 1979. Today it is the only membership body that covers the entire range of alternative dispute resolution methods on a global basis and has approximately 12,500 members.

CIArb seeks to ensure the highest standards of knowledge and practice in alternative dispute resolution through its professional education and training programs, internationally recognized qualifications, professional guidelines and codes of conduct, together with its wide range of information and other support facilities for its members.

CIArb is a leader in academic and professional thinking in the field of private dispute resolution and works closely with researchers, universities, legal authorities, governments, judges and other international organizations to help disseminate and develop best practice.  The Institute seeks to support not just arbitrators, mediators and other professional dispute resolvers, but the wide range of people involved in the field, including, professional advisers, lawyers, expert witnesses, as well, of course, as parties involved in disputes.  Information at http://www.ciarb.org/.