Module 2

Module 2
Law of Obligations

15 April to 16 September 2021, Singapore

To register for this course or for more information, please visit the Singapore Branch website and/or fill out the course registration form.

What is the aim of the module?
To provide an understanding of the relevant principles in the law of tort and the law of contract in the context of how disputes may arise and be resolved. This course is designed to consider both common and civil law jurisdictional principles to give a solid grounding to all practitioners.

This course is intended for individuals who may not have studied law previously and wish to gain an understanding of the elements of the law of obligations that affect matters in civil and commercial disputes in a variety of different jurisdictions. It is suitable for anyone with a general interest in dispute resolution and is essential for individuals who wish to go on to become qualified Arbitrators, Adjudicators or Mediators. It is also suitable for those from either system of law wishing to improve or refresh their knowledge of the more unfamiliar system of law.

What are the learning outcomes?
On successful completion of this course. candidates will be able to demonstrate sound conceptual, technical and/or practical knowledge of:

  • The sources of law and demonstrate how these are used in a common/civil law;
  • The nature and significance of the different types of obligations;
  • The ability to evaluate and apply contractual and tortious remedies;
  • Analytical skills on problems using the law of contract and the law of tort

What is covered within the syllabus?


  • Types of contract
  • Formation of a valid contract
  • Content of contract
  • Vitiating factors
  • Privity and third parties
  • Discharge of a contract
  • Limitations
  • Agency
  • Dispute


  • Primary and vicarious liability
  • Negligence
  • Damage
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Direct and indirect interference
  • Defences
  • Limitations
  • Remedies: damages, injunctions

How is the programme delivered?
The course is delivered over a period of five months, with a combination of private study and virtual tutorials.

The course date advertised is the start date of the course when candidates will be required to start their private study of reading NOT when they attend tutorials virtually. The tutorial dates are listed on the course schedule.

How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed by coursework.

What are the entry requirements?
In order to register for the course, candidates must:

  • Have successfully completed and passed Module 1 – Law, Practice and Procedure
  • Applicants who have a recognised law degree or practicing law certificate may be eligible for the Module 2 Online Exemption Test.

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 is the course fee and what does it include?
The course fee is S$2,700. The fee includes registration on the course, study materials, virtual tutorials and coursework assessment fee.

What happens when I register for the course?
Upon successful registration on the course, candidates will receive confirmation that they are booked on the course. Joining instructions and course materials will be sent to candidates prior to the course start date by email on the condition that full payment has been received. Candidates will be provided with an electronic copy of a workbook to assist them with their studies together with a suggested reading list.

What is CIArb’s policy on cancellation of courses?
CIArb reserves the right to cancel or change the date, venue or content of programmes and the names of speakers, lecturers and tutors. Candidates will be provided with adequate notice of any change. If the Institute has to cancel a course, candidates will be provided with a full refund or the opportunity to transfer their registration to the next course. Should a candidate wish to cancel his or her registration of a course, notification must be received in writing to at least two weeks before the date the course is due to commence. If a candidate fails to give such notice, the CIArb may apply a cancellation charge of 50% of the course fee or such other amount as it may in its sole discretion determine.

What is the Attendance Policy?
Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

This course offers (TBC) Public CPD Points
Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Training Level: General

What is my next step when I complete the course?
On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • may be eligible to claim CPD points
  • may progress onto Module 3 of the International Arbitration, Domestic Arbitration or Construction Adjudication Pathway. (eligibility dependent)

Contact: Ms. Sunita Tavabalan at

To register for this course or for more information, please visit the Singapore Branch website and/or fill out the course registration form.