The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (“PIArb”) is the first learned society in the Philippines dedicated to both promoting private dispute resolution within the country and pursuing initiatives to enable the country to serve as a viable and practical venue for private dispute resolution.
Vision and Mission Statement
The mission of PIArb is to be the voice for private dispute resolution in the Philippines. PIArb envisions the use of arbitration and other modes of dispute resolution other than resolution by a court as the primary means of resolving conflict in the Philippines. To pursue this vision, PIArb aims to: (a) be the private sector’s leading advocate of private dispute resolution; (b) be the benchmark provider of awareness, education, and certification programs on private dispute resolution; (c) facilitate research in support of its role as advocate and educator; and (d) serve as the primary private sector forum on private dispute resolution policy and practice.
Genesis and Primary Rationale
PIArb was founded on the initiative of the first 3 Filipino Fellows of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (“CIArb”) of the United Kingdom, the world’s leading learned society promoting private dispute resolution. The nucleus of PIArb’s initial membership is the current membership of the Philippines Chapter of CIArb’s East Asia Branch (“CIArb-EAB PC”).
Being a learned society, as against a dispute resolution service provider / administrator, allows PIArb to focus on advocacy, research & development, community-building, and public awareness; as against provision / administration of dispute resolution services.