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International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution Certificate Program

International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution Certificate Program

FIDIC Conditions of Contract Certificate Program

Date: 24-30 April 2020

Elliott Geisinger (Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, Geneva / President, Swiss Arbitration Association)


İstanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Law will again present a certificate program in English regarding International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution to be held by Elliott Geisinger, President of the Swiss Arbitration Association. This program was also organized in 2015, 2017 and 2018 and has been highly appreciated by participants.

The nature of large-scale international construction projects has resulted in international construction contracts having particular features that differentiate them from other commercial contracts.

This six-day course is divided into three main parts. The first part of the course explores the nuts and bolts of international construction contracts. It begins by looking at the various entities involved in an international construction project and how a typical construction project progresses from start to finish. The course will also briefly look at selected ways of structuring construction contracts, as well as certain issues showing how the law governing the contract can have implications on a construction project. The first part of the course then looks at standard form international construction contracts and examines the most widely used standard form – the FIDIC Conditions of Contract.

The second part of the course provides an overview of the dispute resolution methods adapted to international construction contracts. In particular, this part of the course begins by examining the procedure for resolving disputes under the FIDIC Conditions of Contract. This part of the course aims to provide background that is necessary for the understanding of the dispute-resolution side to the third part of the course.

The third and longest part of the course will cover a set of selected issues that typically arise in international construction projects. For each selected issue, the course provides an overview of the main sub-issues involved, examines certain practical matters and describes how they are regulated in the FIDIC Conditions of Contract. The selected issues are: time and delays; price, payment and variations; defects; and termination of the contract.

The last day of the course includes role-play in relation to a mock case that is made available among the course materials at the outset. Participants will be divided into groups: two groups "advocate" the positions of the parties, whilst another group acts as "dispute-resolvers". This enables all participants to test their acquisition of the course fundamentals and concludes the course on an extremely lively note.

Lectures will be presented on 24-27-28-29-30 April between 17.00-21.00 and on 25th of April between 09.00-13.00 at santralistanbul Campus. A certificate of attendance shall be given to participants who have attended the full program.


Fee: Program Fee: TL 1,800 | For students who do not take the course LAW 324, trainee lawyers and academics: TL 400 | 


Application: To attend this program prior registration is mandatory. Latest registration date is 20 April 2020. Places are limited.

For more information please see: https://insaat-hukuku.bilgi.edu.tr/en/certificate-programme/