DAS Convention 2021

December 1, 2021
  • Venue
  • Time
    26 October 2021 | 14:30 – 16:30 (GMT+1)

The Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) Convention 2021, a one-day flagship event, will focus on the theme ‘Catalyst for Change: How ADR can Facilitate the Global Sustainability Transition’.


Registration for DAS Convention 2021 is closed.

                                                                                                Standard registration

  • Non-members                                                                           £150.00
  • CIArb members – high-income countries                           £120.00
  • CIArb members – mid-/low-income countries                   £105.00
  • CIArb DAS panellists                                                                £90.00
  • Students and young lawyers                                                 £45.00


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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) plays a vital role in giving parties access to redress without relying on the court system, and as an enabler of economic activity by mitigating the impact of disputes on major investment projects. In this time of unprecedented technological change and as we collectively seek to transition towards a net zero economy, ADR therefore has the potential to be an invaluable catalyst for change.

This year’s global Dispute Appointment Service (DAS) Convention will examine how ADR can fulfil that potential. From embedding the use of technology as an integral part of the dispute practitioner’s toolkit, to utilising ADR to resolve climate-related disputes and underwrite investments in green infrastructure, we will hear from experts around the globe on how our profession can play a key role in facilitating the transition to a carbon-free future. The programme will also include the release of CIArb’s new ‘Technology Guideline’, offering pragmatic guidance on how arbitration practitioners can pro-actively use technology constructively in the course of their work.

In addition, our programme includes a panel on the role of adjudication 25 years after the introduction of statutory adjudication in the UK, and an in-depth debate on whether the time has come for mandatory mediation to be made a core part of our systems of justice.

As a current or aspiring disputes practitioner, by attending this event you will understand how our profession can play a key role in meeting the defining challenges of our time. You will also gain exclusive insights into how you can use technology to best effect by hearing from the leading authors of the CIArb Technology Guideline. Delegates will also hear from experts on cutting-edge developments in mediation and adjudication, as well as having the chance to put practical questions to the CIArb DAS team (such as how to apply to join CIArb Panels, or how you can raise your profile to increase your chances of obtaining appointments).

GMT                           DAS Convention 2021 programme – Morning

10:00 – 10:30              Welcome address

Speakers: Ann Ryan Robertson C.Arb FCIArb, Lewis Johnston MCIArb

Moderated by Laura West

10:30 – 12:00              How can ADR make the zero-carbon transition possible? Disputes professionals as enablers

The transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy requires unprecedented investment. What is the role of ADR in facilitating this investment, and are dispute professionals equipped with the skills and tools they need to play an active role?


Event Speakers

Nasir is a skilled and dynamic leader with 20 years’ experience providing total solutions of procurement, commercial, dispute avoidance, management and resolution through effective pre- and post-contract management.


He is an engineer, chartered quantity surveyor, chartered procurement specialist and is legally qualified. He has fellowship of various institutions and acts as an expert, mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator.


He is versatile and well-versed in the successful delivery of major projects including energy, utilities, commercial property, oil and gas, manufacturing, ports, highways and rail. Nasir has led large and complex procurement programmes, as well as claims on quantum, delay and engineering issues.


Nasir co-founded Muslims in Rail and was awarded an MBE for his services to equality, diversity and inclusion.

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