Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (ASIA)

Asian International Arbitration Centre

Date & Time:
28 March 2020

Bookable until:
13 March 2020

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The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is delighted to announce that next year’s nine day residential Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration in the Asia Pacific region will be taking place from 28 March 2020 to 5 April 2020 at the Asian International Arbitration Centre, Bangunan Sulaiman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the Directorship of Francis Xavier SC, PBM, C.Arb.

The Diploma is one of CIArb’s leading membership training programmes. It provides lawyers and other professionals who are familiar with legal reasoning and concepts and are involved in arbitration (domestic or international), the opportunity to attend a nine-day training programme and undertake assessments that may make them eligible to apply 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. The course resident tutors are: Ambassador (r) David Huebner, C. Arb (United States of America), Dr. Christopher To, C. Arb (Hong Kong), Paul Sandosham, C. Arb (Singapore) and Ndanga Kamau (Netherlands).

Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration Course Information Sheet 2020 (Asia) (PDF)

What are the entry requirements?
• 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.

Interested participants are required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Course Manager, Mr. Chalee Nai Kin via email to with all necessary supporting documents such as a scanned copy of relevant education qualification. All applications will be submitted to the Course Director and CIArb Director of Education who will determine if the applicants are suitable to register for the course. This is to ensure candidates have the necessary qualification and knowledge to participate in the course.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of the Diploma candidates will be able to:

  • Define what is meant by the term ‘international maritime arbitration’;
  • Identify, explain and apply the legal procedural principles, rules and agreements relevant to the conduct of international maritime arbitration:
  • To The legal framework, including limitations of matters that may be legally arbitrated;
  • To The contractual nature of the appointment of an arbitrator;
  • To The range and limitations of an arbitrator’s powers and jurisdiction;
  • To The rights, duties and responsibilities of a party to an arbitration;
  • To The methods of initiating and processing an arbitration;
  • To The relevance of the court regarding all stages in an arbitration;
  • To The requirements of an enforceable award.
  • Evaluate and apply the principles and legal requirements of international maritime 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 maritime arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling an international maritime arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and other Institutional Arbitration Rules and adopting appropriate procedures.
  • 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 arbitrators’ fees and expenses;
  • Demonstrating compliance with the legal and other requirements for an enforceable Award.

The Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration is split into three parts based on this:

PART 1 Law, Practice and Procedure of International Commercial Arbitration: one month before the Diploma, candidates choose and submit a general dissertation proposal from a list of subjects, based upon their experience of international commercial arbitration. Once approved, they are assigned and discuss their dissertation with a supervisor. They attend teaching and workshop sessions during a nine-day residential programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the law, practice and procedure of international commercial arbitration, and submit a final 4000 words dissertation approximately two months later. They also must submit two 1000-word pieces during the nine days, which they must also pass.

PART 2 Law of Obligations: candidates must take and pass an online exemption test on the common law and civil law of contract and tort.

PART 3 – Evidence, Decision Making and Award Writing of International Arbitration: candidates receive training on award writing during the nine-day residential programme and must take and pass an award writing exam.

After successfully completing all of these assessments, and a peer interview in the case of FCIArb, candidates can apply for different CIArb membership grades.

The course is scheduled over 9 days.

For a copy of the programme, please email

Upon successful registration on the course, candidates will receive confirmation that they are booked on the course.