King’s Centre of Construction Law runs first FIDIC university programme in Europe

15 Nov 2021

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King’s Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution has delivered the first FIDIC Summer School on FIDIC contracts and their practical use. The intensive course, which took place from 17 September to 12 November 2021 at the Dickson Poon School of Law, is FIDIC’s first training contract collaboration with a European university and follows a memorandum of understanding signed between The Dickson Poon School of Law and FIDIC.

FIDIC’s standard form contracts in construction and engineering are used globally as the international standard for the consulting industry and this was the first time that FIDIC had joined forces with a European university to deliver training on the FIDIC contracts and their use.

The summer school was led by Phillip Capper, emeritus professor at The Dickson Poon School of Law and partner at the law firm White & Case and Nicholas Gould, visiting professor at The Dickson Poon School of Law and a partner at law firm Fenwick Elliott. They delivered the programme alongside King’s professor Renato Nazzini and professor David Mosey together with leading practitioners in London and overseas.  

The online course focused on the common law and civil law legal frameworks within which the contracts are used and examined how the FIDIC standard form processes operate in various legal systems. Participants carried out an in-depth analysis of FIDIC contracts, reviewed procurement systems, considered the legal systems within which contracts are interpreted and examined options and strategies for dispute avoidance and resolution.

Commercial managers, engineers and lawyers from across 20 jurisdictions took part in the summer school and those who successfully completed the course were awarded with a certificate of attendance.

Professor Renato Nazzini, director of King’s College London Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, said: “I am delighted at the great success of the first FIDIC Summer School at King’s. This new partnership plays an important role in the Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution’s aim to deliver a leading education and research programme on UK and international construction law and dispute resolution. It was an honour to open the course alongside FIDIC chief executive Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE. I was impressed by the high calibre of the students and their lively participation. Thanks to professor Nicholas Gould and professor Phillip Capper for leading on this important initiative, which we are excited to continue with into future years.”

FIDIC chief executive, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, commented: “We are delighted to see the success of this first FIDIC summer school and to be working alongside such a prestigious academic institution, which is ranked in the top 25 universities worldwide. Our partnership will enhance the global FIDIC body of knowledge and help the development of professionals in our industry and we look forward to a continuing collaboration that will expand FIDIC contract usage to the next generation of project promoters, consultants, engineers, investors, project managers and risk specialists with an interest in infrastructure development.”

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