Introduction to International Arbitration 2020

  • June 18, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

CIArb Australia are pleased to offer the 2020 Introduction to International Arbitration course on Thursday, 18 June 2020.

Adapting to our current circumstances, CIArb have now integrated the popular virtual classroom software, BigBlueButton, into our virtual learning environment enabling tutors and candidates to connect remotely via video and use a wide range of tools such as screen share, videos, polls and break out rooms to facilitate learning and teaching. Assessments have been converted into coursework which candidates can do remotely via our virtual learning environment, LearnADR and Big Blue Button.

The Introduction to International Arbitration is a day-long course that carries a pathway to Associate member status of CIArb. CIArb accreditation carries a global qualification in the growing practice of international arbitration.

Undertaking this course via CIArb Australia will provide candidates the opportunity to enhance their arbitration network connections in Australia.

What is the aim of the course?

To provide an understanding of the general principles of International (i.e. non-domestic) Arbitration and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes. The course will provide candidates with an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, International Arbitration in their jurisdiction.

How is the course delivered?

The course will be delivered virtually on Thursday, 18 June 2020. The day starts at 9:30am and finishes at 5:00pm.

What are the learning outcomes?

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

  • Understand the background to international arbitration;
  • Describe the process and procedure of international arbitration;
  • Understand international arbitration in the context of other forms of dispute resolution.

What is covered within the syllabus?

  • Comparison of dispute resolution procedures;
  • Fundamental principles of the international arbitration process;
  • The UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules;
  • Arbitration rules: time-limited, institutional, industry standards, industry schemes and ad hoc agreements;
  • Arbitration procedures: documents only and oral hearings;
  • The legal framework: the importance of the seat, the New York Convention, procedural laws, and procedural rules;
  • The arbitration agreement;
  • Commencement of the arbitration;
  • An arbitrator’s jurisdiction and powers;
  • The arbitration process: obligations of the tribunal, responsibilities and obligations of the parties;
  • Managing the arbitration process: communications, preliminary meeting, interlocutory matters, dealing with factual and opinion evidence and disclosure of documents including introduction to the IBA Guidelines;
  • Presenting the claim and the defense: alternative methods;
  • Procedure at a typical hearing, including contrasting common and civil law jurisdictions;
  • Costs and interest: alternative approaches in different jurisdictions;
  • Essentials of an enforceable award.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended for candidates who:

  • are new to the field of international arbitration;
  • wish to learn more about international arbitration and its benefits to users;
  • wish to become an Associate member of CIArb.

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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of this course is completed through an online multiple-choice test accessed via Moodle. Candidates will be given 28 days to complete and submit the assessment. Candidates must achieve a minimum overall mark of 65% to pass the course. Results are emailed to candidates after submission of the assessment.

Who are the Faculty to deliver this course?

The Introduction to Arbitration Course will be delivered by leading Australian Arbitration practitioners.

Course Director: Dr Vicky Priskich 
Tutors: Dr Andrew Hanak QC
Donna Ross 
Anton Trichardt

What happens when I register for the course?

Upon successful registration on the course, candidates will receive confirmation they are booked on the course. Joining instructions and course materials will be available on LearnADR approximately 2 weeks before the course start date, candidates will receive an email with their username and password. 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 CIArb 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 their registration of a course, notification must be received in writing to

What is my next step when I complete the course?

  • Successful candidates will be awarded an Introductory Certificate;
  • You may progress onto Module 1 of the International Arbitration Pathway;
  • You will be eligible to apply for Associate grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.

Course Fee and Registration

The cost of the course includes access to CIArb’s virtual learning platform, course delivery, course materials and materials and an online multiple-choice test accessed via LearnADR.
Existing CIArb student members are eligible for a reduced assessment fee
Places are strictly limited and online registrations will close by the close of business on Monday, 1 June 2020.

  • CIArb Student Members Fee Payable: AU$775.00
  • All other candidates Fee Payable: AU$945.00

Candidates will receive confirmation of their registration when payment has been received.

For further information, please contact:

Sue Rice, Executive Officer, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited


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