ICC / DRBF Dispute Board Workshop

Bangkok, Thailand, • English

In an interactive workshop over two days, delegates will be taken through the journey from inclusion of a Dispute Board (“DB”) in the contract strategy through to the completion of the DB’s period of office.


Along the way, delegates will:

  • Discuss the reasons for appointing a DB
  • See the opportunities for dispute avoidance and contrast DB’s with other forms of dispute resolution
  • Discuss how to nominate and appoint DB Members and the Chairman
  • Hear about the economics of a DB compared to those of other forms of dispute resolution
  • Take part in mock
    • Site meetings
    • Informal discussions
    • Submissions and informal opinions
    • Hearings
  • Have the opportunity to give their own opinions and decisions
  • Be able to ask questions and make comments

Who should attend?

Funding agencies, Government project officials, property developers, other types of Employer, contractors, subcontractors, lawyers, arbitrators, quantity surveyors, contracts administrators, engineers and architects


28 May

08.30 – 09.00Registration
09.00 – 09.15Introduction

Victor Smith, ICC Thailand, Bangkok

09.15 – 10.30Introduction to Dispute Boards

What is a Dispute Board (DB)? – its unique capability of dispute avoidance – where it sits with Adjudication, Mediation, Early Neutral Evaluation, Expert Determination, Arbitration and Litigation – different types of DBs: standing Board – ad-hoc Board – DAB, DRB, CDB, DB, DAAB (per new FIDIC), CAP (conflict Avoidance Panels)

10.30 – 10.50Coffee break
10.50 -12.30Appointment of a Dispute Board

The decision to have DB at all – why would you have one? – nominations and appointments by Parties and appointing bodies – selection of Chairman – by Parties and by appointing bodies – criteria in all cases – some examples from experience

12.30 – 13.45Lunch & Networking
13.45 – 15.15The Chairman’s Role within the Dispute Board

Leadership – set an example – procedure for all matters – keep in contact

15.15 – 15.35Coffee break
15.35 – 17.00Starting off with the Parties

Tell them the procedures – Chairman the point of contact for the DB – who is the point of contact for each Party and the Engineer? –date for first site visit – Parties to keep DB up to date

17.00 – 17.30Questions & Answer Session
17.45 – 19.30Cocktail reception & networking

29 May

09.00 – 10.30First site visit Part 1

Preparation – arrangements – agenda – DB’s conduct – site tour – informal discussions and informal opinions – importance of them – report – next meeting

10.30 – 10.50Coffee break
10.50 -12.30First site visit Part 2

Mock site meetings

12.30 – 13.45Lunch & Networking
13.45 – 14.45Disputes Part 1

Does a dispute exist? – jurisdiction – referral – response – reply – rejoinder

14.45 – 15.05Coffee break
15.05 – 16.45Disputes Part 2

Mock hearing – closing submissions – discussion between DB members – structure, nature and status of DB decision

16.45 – 17.45Closing sessions

1. How do you become a DB Member? Are you sure you want to be one? – training and assessments – attend ICC/DRBF events – write articles, find a mentor – how much do you get paid?

2. Questions and Answers

3. Presentation of Attendance Certificates


Alina LeoveanuManager, ICC International Centre for ADR
John PapworthPracticing Dispute Board Chairman

Logistical notes


Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn, Bangkok

12th Floor, Chongnonsi Room

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. A list of hotels in Bangkok, with which ICC Thailand has negotiated preferential room rates, is available upon request.

Cancellation charge

50% of the contribution to costs will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before 15 May 2018. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. However, registration may be transferred to another person from the same company or organization at no extra charge, provided that notice is sent to admin@iccthailand.or.th prior to the Workshop


Please visit ICC Thailand website to download the registration form to be completed and sent to:

Email: admin@iccthailand.or.th

Post: ICC Thailand

150/2 Rajbopit Road, Watrajbopit Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Fax: +66 2225 5475

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the registration form and contribution to costs.

For further information, please contact

  • ICC Thailand
  • +66 2622 2183 or +66 2018 6888 - Ext. 4210

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