CIArb Accredited Mediation Training

26 September 2022 - 9 Octorber 2022
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Federal Judicial Academy

Service Road South, Sector H-8/4, Islamabad


           CIArb Pakistan Branch

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Pakistan Branch on 20th September 2022 announced the signing of a landmark Global Accredited Mediation Training contract with Legal Aid Society (LAS). LAS Chairperson Mr. Justice (Retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid, and CIArb Pakistan Branch Chair, Barrister Mian Sheraz Javaid expressed their excitement in anticipation of this colloration.


Upon signing the agreement, Barrister Mian Sheraz Javaid claimed, ‘This is exactly what we have promised, to institutionalize ADR in Pakistan as per global norms. I’m delighted that a number of foreign faculty members will be delivering mediation training at the Federal Judicial Academy to 100 members of the legal fraternity in Islamabad.’ Nasir Khan MBE, Vice Chair of the branch said, ‘this is an important milestone where we will not only train mediators but also develop approved faculty in Pakistan’.


What is the aim of the course?

The course is aimed at candidates who wish to become an Accredited Mediator and a member of the CIArb It is also of benefit to those who wish to use mediation skills in their current profession.

The course comprises of 6 full days of skills-based learning delivered by experienced practicing mediators,who are also qualified trainers. Mediation has been shown to be an effective method of solving complex commercial disputes. The process engages skills that can have a positive impact on personal relationships. It is, therefore, suitable for:

  • Individuals seeking to improve their communication skills;
  • Arbitrators/Adjudicators looking to broaden their ADR practice;
  • Conflict resolution professionals;
  • Aspiring mediators.


What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course, candidates will be able to:

  • Define mediation and explain its place in the context of other forms of dispute resolution;
  • Explain the process, procedure, its advantages and disadvantages;
  • Demonstrate competence in the mediator’s core skills;
  • Demonstrate that they can manage a mediation.


What is covered in the Syllabus?

  • Through the use of case studies, you will learn and gain practical experience of the skills and techniques
  • required to manage a mediation from initial instruction to conclusion including:
  • The core skills;
  • Preparing stage – setting it up;
  •  Opening stage – parties telling their stories
  • Exploring stage – establishing parties needs and drivers
  • Negotiating stage
  • Concluding stage;
  • Setting up a mediation practice


How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered over a period of 6 days. The first 5 days are training and practice days and combine discussion, skills exercises and role play practice. Day 6 is the Assessment day.


How will I be assessed?

  • Candidates will participate as a Mediator in two mock-mediations of one-hour duration and may be involved in role-playing as clients.
  • Candidates will be assessed in three categories: people skills, process skills and the management of the mediation.

1. People Skills: This category concerns the relationship between the mediator and the participants in the mediation. Building a trusting relationship is essential for an effective mediator. Being competent in this category is mandatory in both mediations.

2. Process Skills: This category concerns the mediator’s ability to use the skills and techniques emphasised on the training course. Competent mediators use a variety of appropriate skills to establish parties’ needs and help them towards settlement.

3. Management Skills: This category concerns the firm and tactical use of the process and skills. Competent mediators create an environment to give the parties the best opportunity of achieving a settlement.


This assessment is on a pass or fail basis. Candidates must achieve ‘competent’ in people skills in both mediations and in process skills and management skills at least once in either of their mediations. Candidates who fail the assessment will only be required to re-sit the assessment.


What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended for candidates who:

  • are new to the field of mediation;
  • wish to learn more about mediation and its benefits to users;
  • are aspiring to be a mediator or a conflict resolution professional;
  • are arbitrators looking to broaden their ADR service offering;
  • wish to become a Member of the CIArb;
  • wish to become a CIArb Accredited Mediator;
  • English Language Competence – CIArb training and assessment is carried out in English it is therefore essential that candidates are proficient in both written and spoken English.


What happens when I register for the course?

Upon successful registration on the course, candidates will receive confirmation they are booked on the course. Joining instructions and course materials will be sent by email to candidates approximately two weeks before the course start date. In preparation for the course, candidates will be provided with an electronic copy of the Handbook and a video of a mock mediation to assist them with their studies.


What is my next step when I complete the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits;
  • will become a CIArb Accredited Mediator once they have been admitted to CIArb Member grade.
  • may progress onto Module 2 Law of Obligations which is the next step towards becoming a Fellow of the


In case of any inquiry, please get in touch with the CIArb Pakistan Branch at 0325-2 242727 or

A “non-traditional” construction lawyer in Pakistan who began his professional career as a civil engineer. Skilled and dynamic leader with 17+ years of demonstrated capacity in all aspects of construction litigation and contract drafting/negotiation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Mediation, Adjudication, Neutral Evaluation, Arbitration, licensing, and other construction issues. Mr. Javaid’s core area of expertise is dispute avoidance with special emphasis on the role of Dispute Resolution Advisor (DRA) for commercial entities involved in large to medium scale construction projects both in private and government sector, devising the right procurement method for a construction project along with the appropriate standard form of contract and training & development of the enterprises both public and private sector to equip for dispute avoidance and standard forms. Mr. Javaid was admitted to the Punjab Bar Council, Lahore Pakistan as an advocate in 2003, as an Advocate High Court in 2005 and has recently been admitted as a Barrister in England and Wales. Mr. Javaid is a Partner of MK Consultus Limited.

Nasir Khan M.B.E. is Head of Contract Solutions at Currie & Brown, a global consultancy where he leads procurement advisory, claims, dispute avoidance, management and resolution. Nasir Khan is an engineer, chartered QS, chartered procurement and legally qualified. He is a highly motivated leader with a proven track record of successful delivery in various industries spearheading business improvements, cost savings, project delivery, risk management, procurement, contract management and dispute resolution of large complex programmes. He regularly advises major programmes on procurement routes and conflict avoidance strategies. He has led large and complex claims on quantum, delay and engineering issues. He has Fellowship of various institutions and acts as an expert, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator. Nasir Khan is on the ‘CIArb Approved Faculty List’ and founding member of CIArb Pakistan Branch.


For his work on inter-faith relations and raising equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) awareness, Nasir Khan was awarded MBE at Her Majesty’s Birthday 2020 Honours for the services to Muslims and BAME communities in the UK.

Pakistan Branch Committee Member

Anish Wadia is an experienced Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Mediator and Adjudicator with experience in common and civil law systems, laws of China and Hong Kong, other hybrid legal systems across the African continent, and an understanding of Islamic laws. An Accredited Sports Arbitrator (AIAC / Olympic Council of Malaysia), and a lawyer in India (Advocate), England & Wales (Solicitor Advocate), and Kazakhstan (AIFC Court).


Anish is the first ever Indian qualified lawyer and the youngest ever individual in the world to be accredited as a Chartered Arbitrator in CIArb’s over 100 year history.


A recipient of numerous accolades in the field of ADR including being ranked by Who’s Who Legal – Future Leaders (Partners): Arbitration 2021 and 2022 as “one of the most recommended arbitrators” who “is precise and diligent, very considerate on the impartiality and due process”, whose “experience includes acting under the ICC Rules in disputes involving parties spanning across EMEA and APAC” and whose “practical and quick approach to render Awards is well known and admired among peers”. He regularly teaches in the field of ADR including training and capacity building exercises across the globe for current members of the Judiciary.

Leonora Riesenberg is a Fellow of the CIArb, a member of the BoM, Chair of the CIArb UAE Branch, International Arbitrator and CIArb Certified Commercial Mediator practicing in the UAE and MENA region. Leonora Riesenberg is a highly respected leading female practitioner and a valuable supporter of the institute. 

His practice is in international commercial arbitration and commercial dispute resolution consists majorly of accepting appointments and nominations from major international arbitral institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, WIPO, DIAC, LMAA, CIArb, KIAC, KLRCA, HKIAC and CAS either as Chairman or Co-Arbitrator or Sole Arbitrator to resolve complex, cross-border and high value commercial and investment related disputes.

CIArb Pakistan Branch Committee Treasurer

Ms. Navin Salim Merchant is an Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan and has been working as a Senior Partner at Merchant Law Associates with over twenty-four years of experience in the practice of law.
She has also worked internationally as an ADR Expert with global organization such as International Finance Corporation (Member of the World Bank Group) and successfully undertook the task for establishing effective dispute resolutions systems in Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
She has received her Bachelors of Law and Bachelors of Art from S.M. Law College and University of Karachi, holds a diploma in mediation from York University, Toronto, and Accreditation of Mediation and Master Trainer from the Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution, UK. Currently, she holds Directorship in Otsuka Pakistan Limited as an Independent Director and is a Certified Director from IBA.
She keenly participates in promoting social activities of the community particularly the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and serves as the head of the IBA Dispute Resolution Forum and the Chair of the ADR Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Pakistan. She has previous experience of working as an Honorary Secretary of the Board of Governors of the Aga Khan Medical and College Foundation, Member of the Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board, Member of the Aga Khan Foundation, Legal Portfolio Member of the Aga Khan Council, Pakistan, Director of the Aga Khan Education Service, Pakistan and Director of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services.

CIArb West Midlands Branch Committee Member