The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) recently launched two extensive training programs in cooperation with its strategic partner, the American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR) at the Council of Saudi Chambers’ premises in Riyadh. The programs are titled “Advanced Approaches in Managing Arbitration Cases” (two days) and “Mediating in Commercial Disputes” (three days).
The programs, which are considered the first of their kind in Saudi Arabia, were attended by a number of experienced lawyers in the arbitration field, alongside concerned attendees from the international arbitration community. Interpretations for the programs were available in both the Arabic and English languages.
The “Advanced Approaches in Managing Arbitration Cases” program was presented by Dr. Mustafa Abdulghafar (Head of Dispute Resolution Department), Dr. Mohammed Abdulraouf (Arbitrator, Lawyer, and former Secretary General of Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration), and Mr. Richard Naimark (Senior Vice President of AAA-ICDR).
Whereas the “Mediating in Commercial Disputes” program was presented by Mr. James MacPherson (Special Council of SCCA and international mediator), and Mr. Mark Appel (Arbitrator, Mediator and Senior VP of AAA-ICDR), with assistance from Dr. Mohammed Abdulraouf, Mr. Richard Naimark, and Dr. Mustafa Abdulghafar.
It is worth noting that the “Advanced Approaches” program was conducted in a practical manner in which a hypothetical case was examined through its different processes, from inception until resolution, in accordance with SCCA’s regulations as published in its website (www.sadr.org). Participants discussed topics including the status of institutional arbitration locally and internationally; the possible opportunities and challenges for arbitration in the Kingdom; and the different practices in managing cases, costs and time while increasing efficiency and trust in the arbitration sector.
SCCA CEO Majid Al Rasheed thanked the participants and presenters, and noted SCCA’s commitment since its creation in 1438H to improve institutional arbitration and develop alternatives for commercial disputes resolution in the Kingdom via training services and holding regular meetings and discussions for bodies concerned with the sector.