Virtual: Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration


Date & Time:
4 September 2020

Bookable until:
20 August 2020

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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is delighted to announce that Professor Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab will be returning to direct this year’s Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from 4 September-27 September 2020.

What is covered in the syllabus?

  • Arbitration distinguished from other forms of dispute resolution;
  • Nature and limits of arbitration and its treatment by various legal systems;
  • Privacy, confidentiality and secrecy as well as data protection and transparency concerns;
  • Legal systems and the hierarchy of norms;
  • The Role of state courts in support of the arbitral process;
  • Arbitration agreements;
  • The legal framework: the importance of the seat, the New York Convention, procedural laws, and procedural rules; conflict of laws;
  • The use and adoption by State entities of the UNCITRAL Model Law;
  • The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts;
  • Types of Arbitration: ad-hoc, institutional, documents only, time limited;
  • Commencement of the arbitration, terms of reference;
  • The arbitrator’s terms and conditions of appointment;
  • Obligations of the tribunal, responsibilities and obligations of the parties;
  • "An arbitrator's jurisdiction, obligations and powers;
  • Challenges to jurisdiction, conflicts of interest;
  • Managing the arbitration process: communications, preliminary meeting, interlocutory matters, dealing with factual and opinion evidence and disclosure of documents;
  • Security for costs;
  • Presenting the claim and the defence: alternative methods;
  • Preparation for and procedure at a typical hearing, contrasting common law and civil law jurisdictions;
  • Essentials of an enforceable award;
  • Costs, offers and interest; alternative approaches in different jurisdictions;
  • Artificial intelligence and technology in arbitrations;
  • Construction industry, TMT, International Finance and Energy arbitrations;
  • Arbitration in Global and Regional Markets, including: Russia, China, Africa, the Middle East, the US and Europe

What are the entry requirements for the Diploma?

  • Practising lawyers and other professionals who are familiar with legal reasoning and concepts and are involved in arbitration (domestic or international) and who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of international commercial arbitration.
  • Members or Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators who have experience of domestic arbitration practice and wish to extend their knowledge to include international arbitration procedures.

English Language Competence - CIArb training and assessment is carried out in English it is therefore essential that candidates are proficient in both written and spoken English.  Where English is not a candidate’s first language it is recommended that they have achieved a standard that is, as a minimum, equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7 or a score of 94-101 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) system. CIArb issues this advice as a guideline and, while it will not require any evidence of this standard prior to enrolment on a course, candidates who do not have this standard of English may be disadvantaged.

What are the learning outcomes of Part 1?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Define what is meant by the term ‘International’ Arbitration;
  • Identify, explain and apply the legal procedural principles, rules and agreements relevant to the conduct of an International Arbitration;
  • The legal framework, including limitations of matters that may be legally arbitrated;
  • The contractual nature of the appointment of an Arbitrator;
  • The range and limitations of an Arbitrator’s powers and jurisdiction;
  • The rights, duties and responsibilities of a party to an Arbitration;
  • The methods of initiating and processing an Arbitration;
  • The relevance of the court regarding all stages in an Arbitration;
  • The requirements of an enforceable Award;
  • Evaluate and apply the principles and legal requirements of an International Arbitration;
  • Evaluate issues and apply the principles of the UNCITRAL Model Law as well as a regional Arbitration law, appropriately;
  • Demonstrate practical skill in carrying out the tasks required in preparing for and progressing an International Arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling an International Arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and adopting appropriate

What are the learning outcomes of part 3?

On successful completion of this course candidates, will be able to demonstrate sound conceptual, technical and/or practical knowledge of:

  • Recognising and evaluating evidence;
  • The issues that arise from the parties’ submissions;
  • Being able to create structure and deal with all the issues that arise.
  • Deciding matters in dispute logically and in accordance with the law.
  • The skills required to write Awards correctly.
  • The discursive and operative parts of the Award;
  • Being able to deal with the parties’ costs and interest of an Award
  • Allocating Arbitrator’s fees and expenses;
  • Demonstrating compliance with the legal and other requirements for an enforceable Award

The Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration is one of CIArb’s leading membership training programmes. Normally delivered in the heart of Oxford for more than twenty years, it provides practising lawyers and other professionals who are familiar with legal reasoning and are involved in arbitration (domestic or international) the opportunity to undertake training and assessments that may make them eligible for peer interview for Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). The Diploma is delivered by highly-experienced and distinguished tutors and involves a combination of lectures, seminars and interactive sessions.

However, this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the decision has been taken to deliver 2020’s Diploma virtually. CIArb will use the online platforms, Moodle and BigBlueButton, to provide candidates with all the necessary training materials and virtual classroom experience. Candidates can also take the assessments at home and submit them using CIArb’s assessment portals. The programme has been adapted for virtual delivery and the Diploma will now be held over 4 weeks as opposed to 9 days.

Across the 4 weeks, the Virtual Diploma will run for 3 days a week (Friday-Sunday) from 9am (London time) to 1pm (London time), apart from some days when supervision takes place. There will be interactive, large and small group sessions, and each week, candidates will have the opportunity to speak to the course director. Dedicated global harmonization and thematic sessions will also be delivered during the programme.

No additional courses are unlocked by this course

No additional Membership Grades are unlocked by this course