Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

CIArb Caribbean Branch

BVI Chapter

About Ciarb

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators was founded as the Institute of Arbitrators on 1 March 1915 and was granted a royal charter and bye-laws by Queen Elizabeth II in 1979.

Ciarb stands as a professional organization dedicated to representing interests of alternative dispute resolution practitioners on a global scale. The primary goal of Ciarb is to promote and facilitate the determination of disputes by arbitration and alternative means of disputes resolution other than resolution by the courts.

Caribbean Branch – BVI Chapter

Ciarb, being a global organisation, is a network of over 17,000 alternative dispute resolution practitioners spanning over 149 countries around the world.

Caribbean Branch unites members from the Caribbean region located in countries such as Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. Hon. Justice Dr. Anthony Gafoor is the Chair of the Caribbean Branch.

BVI Chapter connects practitioners working in the British Virgin Islands and operates as part of the broader Caribbean Branch. Dr Jane Fedotova serves as the Chair of the BVI Chapter, while Allana-J Joseph fulfils the roles of Secretary and Treasurer.


If you aspire to advance your career in the field of alternative dispute resolution and you are a student, young lawyer or a partner, becoming a member of Ciarb may help you to achieve professional goals, including through professional training, and to develop your network of like-minded professionals.

Ciarb membership can be gained through qualification or experience routes. There are different levels of membership: Member, Associate, and Fellow. You can also become a Chartered Arbitrator. Both individuals and corporates can benefit from Ciarb membership. Membership applications are handled by Ciarb rather than branches.


Ciarb offers a number of courses designed and taught by leading alternative dispute resolution practitioners and academics. Delivery of each course is carefully considered, allowing participants to complete the course online or attend in-person workshops.

Ciarb Caribbean Branch provides training opportunities for its members and legal practitioners which primarily focus on international arbitration and mediation, and are usually conducted online. Successful completion of these courses qualifies participants for Ciarb membership. To request the schedule of virtual training programme in 2024 please contact Theresa Williams, the Course Administrator, by email or by phone +1 246 430 8953/4 and Mr. Ebrahim Lakhi, the Branch Secretary, by email Those seeking in-person training, or those wishing to pursue courses not currently offered are welcome to explore courses provided by other branches or centrally by Ciarb.

We Welcome You

BVI Chapter aims to ensure that every individual with an interest in alternative dispute resolution discovers how their professional objectives can be achieved in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Caribbean Branch and BVI Chapter are looking forward to welcoming every individual as a member of Ciarb, where they can leverage the advantages of the shared network, access valuable resources, and participate in highly regarded training courses. For more information about the branch visit

Dr Jane Fedotova, FCIArb

Chair of the BVI Chapter

Allana-J Joseph

Secretary and Treasurer

Contact Us:


T: +1 (246) 430 8953