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UAE: RICS partners with DIFC Academy of Law

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the UAE’s DIFC Academy of Law have joined forces to deliver dispute resolution training in the Middle East

RICS and DIFC Academy of Law will deliver a specialist mediation course in the UAE.
RICS and DIFC Academy of Law will deliver a specialist mediation course in the UAE.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Academy of Law have entered joined forces to deliver dispute resolution training in the Middle East.

The partnership will see the two bodies deliver a specialist mediation course in the UAE to professionals interested in robust commercial mediation as a viable dispute resolution mechanism.

RICS stated that mediation is growing in popularity in the Middle East, noting that, compared to conventional litigation and arbitration, it allows for greater flexibility, relationship preservation, and cost and time savings.

Robert Jackson, regional director of RICS, said: “With a rising number of contractual disputes in the region, the need for comprehensive methods of alternative dispute resolution training is growing.”

The RICS ACRE Facilitative & Evaluative Mediation Training Programme has been active in the Middle East for five years. To date, more than 150 mediators have been trained, including several representatives from DIFC Courts.

The existing course enables delegates to manage mediations in a robust and flexible manner, manage liability, and drive resolutions in an analytical, commercial, restorative, and expert (ACRE) manner, according to RICS.

Successful completion of the course allows delegates to apply for inclusion on the RICS Global President’s Panel of Accredited Dispute Resolvers and Expert Witnesses.

The institution’s latest collaboration will supplement and further strengthen its educational efforts in the region, according to Jackson.

“The collaboration was a natural next step in the development of the course,” he said. “With the support and collaboration of DIFC Academy of Law, we can reach out to a wider range of potential delegates, offer the course in world-class facilities at DIFC, and provide delegates with the confidence that they are receiving the highest quality mediation training endorsed by the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA).”

David R Gallo, director of DIFC Academy of Law, added: “We are delighted to collaborate with RICS in delivering a mediation course that has a marquee global value. Mediation skills are increasingly important for professionals working in roles that require the quick and amicable resolution of disputes. Launching this programme is a natural next step in executing our strategy of expanding services in legal and business education with the goal of equipping professionals with the tools they need to operate effectively in an international commercial setting.”

The first course to be held under the partnership will take place from 2-6 May, 2017 at the DIFC Academy of Law.

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