By Dr. Götz-Sebastian Hök, Berlin
Throughout the world the use of FIDIC forms of Contract can be observed. The use of FIDIC forms of Contract requires care and diligence since the contract wording and the underlying concepts are embedded in the laws. More or less only English common law helps to explain the English wording in a legal context regardless of what had been agreed as the proper law of the contract.
Thus, legal skills are welcome. However, most of the wording is related to engineering and engieering skills. FIDIC -as the International Federation of Consulting Engineers- had always in mind to provide the industry with a document reflecting best practice on site.
Thus, FIDIC forms of contract require legal and engineering skills at the same time. Practical experience is very important. However, unfortunately also a lot of bad experience is available throughout the world. Hence, training on the proper use of FIDIC forms of contract is important and a key element of success. FIDIC understands training also as a part of ist intensive capacity building and knowledge transfer programmes.
FIDIC itself and its Member Associations (for example ACET, ACEK, ACEB, Cecophil, VBI, AJCE, Inkindo, IRSCE etc.) undertake great efforts to disseminate knowledge and capacity. FIDIC runs a programme for the development of training capacities in developing regions. It provides a reseau of FIDIC accredited trainers and is involved in the development of training materials.
The current FIDIC Training encompasses four basic modules:
Module 1 Practical Use of FIDIC Conditions of Contract
Module 2 Claims & Disputes
Module 3 Dispute Resolution (Dispute Adjudication)
Module 4 Contract Management
Only accredited FIDIC Trainers are authorised to conduct such official FIDIC trainings. The list of accredited Trainers is available on the FIDIC Website. These trainers have the eclusive right to certify attendance at trainings by using the FIDIC logo.
Further FIDIC trainings are of course available. Sebastian Hök has held various other trainings like on
Sebastian Hök is the current Chairperson of the FIDIC Trainers´ Assessment Panel, a fully accredited FIDIC trainer, and also an adjudicator listed on the FIDIC President´s List and a FIDIC Legal advisor. Bespoke training programmes are available on demand. Sebastian Hök has conducted FIDIC Trainings in various parts of the world, for instance in Botswana, Croatia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Qatar, Serbia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
Normally FIDIC trainings go along with the provision of the respective FIDIC materials like guides and books. However, the trainers may provide participants with complementary information or papers like checklists, training leaflets and explanatory notes and cases. Also Workshops are available on demand.
Sebastian Hök provides participants with complementary materials like checklists, leaflets and flowcharts and country reports, if possible.
Rechtsanwälte Dr. Hök, Stieglmeier & Kollegen
Rechtsanwalt Dr. Götz-Sebastian Hök
Tel: +49 30 30007600
Fax: + 49 30 300076033