RICS launches dispute resolution service in Jordan
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has introduced its RICS Dispute Resolution Service to arbitration practitioners and built environment professionals in Jordan
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched its RICS Dispute Resolution Service (RICS DRS) in Jordan.
The service, which is designed to offer an established and independent professional body to administer dispute resolution activities, was launched during RICS’s inaugural dispute resolution symposium in Amman.
More than 80 industry professionals, including Jordanian arbitration practitioners and built environment experts, attended the event.
The symposium was used as a platform to highlight RIC’s provision of practitioners and stakeholders through panels of qualified experts.
The event also involved an interactive session led by Ahmad J Tahboub, chief executive officer of Allied Law and Arbitration, and Lina S Zureikat, MRICS and representative of Construction Management Associates (CMA).
Tahboub commented: “Although it is structured in the construction industry, parties seldom resort to – and [often] deviate from – pre-arbitration conflict avoidance mechanisms. This may be overcome through continuous development of key professionals in public and private sectors, and [the upgradation] of legal instruments in the public sector.
“For more than 50 years, Jordanian practitioners operated in ad-hoc arbitrations, imitating judicial procedures. The arbitration system is eligible for revision, including advancement of existing standards, professional criteria, and flexibility in [terms of] management and procedures,” he continued. “This would require the involvement and contribution [of] all stakeholders in the country. We look forward to cooperating with RICS to develop the market and meet the need for more effective dispute resolution mechanisms.”
Dr John Fletcher, global head of RICS DRS, added: “Jordan is incredibly well placed to develop an innovative and effective dispute resolution and conflict avoidance culture. The country has a well-established pool of experienced arbitrators, and an openness to the newer models being applied around the world.”
RICS stated that its aim is to professionalise the industry through the provision of expert witnesses and training in dispute resolution and conflict avoidance. In turn, the body aims to enhance collaborative delivery in the construction sector, and its conflict avoidance panel (CAP) – created for Transport for London (TFL) – is designed to resolve disagreements early.
There has been regional interest in the CAP mechanism, according to RICS, which added that it would continue to work to introduce the concept across the Middle East.