AICA is an Africa centre of excellence for the practice and profession of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).
Our growing membership of 15,000 is based across 133 countries and supported by an international network of 38 branches.
AICA provides education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators. It also acts as a global hub for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business, supporting the global promotion, facilitation and development of all ADR methods.
AICA offers a range of resources including guidance, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities, as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events.
The history of the AICA
The Institute of Arbitrators on was founded as an unincorporated association.
Its aim was 'to raise the status of Arbitration to the dignity of a distinct and recognised position as one of the learned professions'. Membership in the early years was between three and four hundred.
A number of measures to further this objective were established amongst which were:
- Affording means of communication between members of the Institute and others concerned with arbitration and alternative means of dispute resolution
- Providing training and education at all levels for those practising or wishing to practise as arbitrators
- Providing means for testing the qualifications of candidates for admission to professional membership of the Institute by examination.