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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is a leading Professional Membership Organization representing the interests of Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioners’ world- wide.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Kenya Branch, established in 1984, is one among the branches of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which was founded in 1915 with headquarters in London. It promotes and facilitates the determination of disputes by Arbitration and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), which includes Mediation and Adjudication. 

The Institute has over 14,000 members spread out in about 133 countries in the world with branches in England, Wales, Scotland, Hongkong, Europe, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Mauritius, Australia, India and North America among other countries. It has affiliations with arbitration bodies and institutions in other countries across the world and with the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. It is a not-for-profit organization and gained charitable status in 1990.

Currently the Institute has members from such diverse fields as Architecture, Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Law, Insurance, Accounting and Property Valuation amongst others.

Promoting efficient, effective economical and ethical resolution of domestic and international commercial disputes through mediation, Conciliation, Adjudication and Arbitration

The ADR spectrum is wide, ranging from the informal mechanisms such as Negotiation, Mediation, Conciliation, Early neutral evaluation, Case conference, Expert determination, Mini trials (executive tribunal), Pre trial, Med- Arb, Dispute review advisor, Dispute review board, Rent a judge, Court annexed ADR (mediation), Adjudication, Court annexed Arbitration, and finally Arbitration.

Mosts common mechanisms applied in Kenya include Arbitration, Construction Adjudication and Mediation

  • Appointment of Dispute Resolvers
  • Training of ADR Practitioners
  • ADR Global Linkages

To be the Institute of choice in the promoting arbitration and other dispute resolution mechanisms

To provide reliable, cost effective, timely and flexible arbitration and other dispute resolution services