CIArb & CPR Joint International Arbitration Training - Houston

January 26, 9 AM - January 28, 1:30 PM

Locke Lord LLP, JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis, Suite 2800, Houston, TX 77002


The CPR Institute and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch are pleased to offer a joint three-day international arbitration training and qualification program, leading to CIArb’s prestigious Fellow status.

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CPR has joined forces with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch to offer a joint three-day Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program in Houston.  This program is designed for attorneys with approximately 10 years of litigation and/or dispute resolution experience and will take place at Locke Lord’s offices in Houston, beginning the day after the ITA-IEL-ICC International Energy Arbitration Conference.

This program focuses on applicable laws and procedures for the conduct of efficient arbitration hearings in complex international cases. Satisfactory assessment of performance in role play exercises will permit the candidate to take the award writing examination for qualification as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which will be administered as part of the program.  Fellowship status allows the use of the designation "FCIArb."  CLE Credits:  8-12 CLE credits pending in Texas, California, Massachusetts and Illinois.

All participants that register by January 17, 2019 will receive a VIP invitation to CPR’s Cocktails and Conversation panel and networking event taking place at BakerHostetler's Houston event space on January 23, 2019.

More information, including hotel accommodations HERE


Timing and Scheduling:

The workshops will commence at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 26, 2019, and will conclude at 5:00 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2019.  The award writing examination will commence at 9:00 AM and conclude at 1:30 PM on Monday, January 28, 2019. There will be a cocktail and dinner for Candidates and Faculty on Saturday, January 26, 2019 starting at 6:30 PM. The cost of this dinner is included in your tuition fee.



Amb. (r.) David Huebner, C.Arb: David Huebner has more than 25 years’ experience as an arbitrator and advocate in international, investment, and complex commercial arbitrations and is a CPR Distinguished Neutral. He has particular expertise in technology and life sciences disputes but has handled matters across a wide range of industry sectors, legal issues, and geographic regions. Currently resident in California, he hears cases internationally and has in the past been based for extended periods in Tokyo, Shanghai, and New York. Amb. Huebner served as the American Ambassador to New Zealand and the Independent State of Samoa from 2009 to early 2014, appointed by President Barack Obama.

Trey Bergman, FCIArb: Trey Bergman has served as single arbitrator, panelist and chairman on hundreds of national and international arbitrations since 1990 in cases ranging from complex multi-party to simple disputes including banking, commercial, construction, consumer, contract, copyright, employment, franchise, health law, insurance, malpractice, oil & gas, partnership, personal injury, real estate, securities, and trademark matters. He is the current chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas, a Fellow and Board Member of the College Of Commercial Arbitrators.  He is Board Certified in Civil Trail Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has arbitrated and mediated more than $95 Billion in disputes. 

Lucy Greenwood, C.Arb: 2017 Chair of the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Lucy Greenwood is an independent arbitrator specializing in commercial disputes. She has over 20 years of experience in commercial arbitrations in a wealth of different industries.  She is highly regarded for her prompt, efficient resolution of disputes and active case management of arbitrations and is recognized in Who's Who Arbitration, Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review.  She is a CPR Distinguished Neutral, Chartered Arbitrator, a Texas attorney and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. 

Daniel Urbas, FCIArb:  Dan Urbas is a founding director of the Chartered Institute’s Canada Branch who sits regularly as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as chair or member of a three-member arbitration tribunal.  His appointments have been by individual parties, jointly by the parties, appointed by the court and by administering institutions such as ICC, CCAC, CIETAC and IATA. Fluently bilingual in both English and French with degrees in both Common Law and Civil Law, Mr. Urbas is an active member of the Barreau du Québec, the Law Society of Ontario, the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.  

M. Cristina Cárdenas, FCIArb:  Cristina Cárdenas is a partner in the Miami office of Reed Smith where focuses her practice on international arbitration and complex commercial litigation. She is a native Spanish speaker and has experience representing clients in a variety of complex international arbitrations and business disputes. Ms. Cárdenas has served as counsel, both in Spanish and in English, before many of the most important arbitral institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the American Arbitration Association 

James Reiman, FCIArb: Chair of the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Jim Reiman is an arbitrator and mediator of domestic and international commercial disputes and is a CPR Distinguished Neutral. He has 18 years experience as a trial and commercial transactions attorney practicing in Chicago, IL law firms followed by 15+ years as CEO, chairman and board director of public and private companies in the US, UK and China.  In addition to his ADR and board work, Jim is a member of the faculty of the University of Oxford’s Oxford Programme on Negotiation. 


The three-day program is comprised of three elements:

  1. Oral Assessment - This element of the Accelerated Route to Fellowship Programme consists of two days of oral assessment based on a case study of a dispute.  You will be assessed on your knowledge, judgment and self-presentation on a series of problems, written exercises and role play, as well as your reasoned award writing ability

  2. Written Assessment - Written assignments will be part of the assessment process during the workshop.  One of the written assignments will be prepared in advance of the workshop and will be collected early on the first day of the workshop.

  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 exam is administered as part of this program.  To receive a passing grade, the Award must meet international standards for enforcement.  This element is included in the tuition cost of this program.
Following successful completion of the three elements described above candidates may apply for a Peer Interview. There is a separate charge for the Peer Interview process; it is not included in the tuition cost of this program.


US $1,650.00 (CPR members and CIArb members upgrading to Fellow status)

US $1,750.00 (group pricing if 3 or more registrants from same firm)

US $1,950.00 (non-CPR and non-CIArb members)

Payment can only be made in US Dollars.

* Fee includes all workshop materials, coffee, refreshments, continental breakfast, lunch and dinner on January 26, 2019, continental breakfast and lunch on January 27, 2019, a continental breakfast on January 28, 2019 and a VIP invitation to CPR’s ‘Cocktails and Conversation’ energy-insider panel and networking event on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Tuition for Accelerated Route to Fellowship Program includes the Oral Assessment and Award Writing examination.  For applicants requiring a Visa Letter there is an additional cost of $75 (to defray expenses).

Cancellation:  A cancellation fee of $150 will be charged if cancellation is prior to December 1, 2018; $500 if after December 1, 2018 but prior January 12, 2019.  No tuition refunds will be made if cancellation is after January 12, 2019, however the full tuition sum paid less $500 may be credited toward a future Accelerated Route to Fellowship program offered by the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Please note CPR and CIArb reserve the right to cancel for low enrollment. Email for more information.