Module 3 Award Writing Course

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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 Module 3 Award Writing International Arbitration course is intended for candidates who have completed the Accelerated Route to Membership (ARM) course and passed the Module 2 online exemption test (or completed Module 2).

What is the aim of the course?

This module provides candidates with the knowledge required to understand and consider evidence, to weigh it up and analyse submissions, arrive at a conclusion and write a final, reasoned and enforceable Arbitration Award in compliance with UNCITRAL Model Law.

This course focuses on the processes followed by an Arbitrator in defining the issues that have to be decided by an Award, dealing with the submissions made by the parties, analysing the appropriate law, evaluating the evidence, applying the law to that evidence, arriving at a conclusion and then writing a final, reasoned and enforceable Award.

How is the course delivered?

Module 3 Award Writing will be delivered by CIArb Australia over a period of three months, with a combination of private study and tutorials.

The schedule for this course is provided to assist candidates in planning their study time. Private study includes reading course materials and undertaking any self-assessment tasks in your own time. Tutorials involve candidates attending virtual classes.

Private Study: Thursday, 3 September to Friday, 9 October 2020
Tutorial 1: Saturday, 10 October 2020
Private Study: Sunday, 11 October to Friday, 13 November 2020
Tutorial 2: Saturday, 14 November 2020
Private Study: Sunday, 15 November to Friday, 4 December 2020
Tutorial 3 (revision): Saturday, 5 December 2020
Examination: Friday, 18 December 2020

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:

  • 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.

What is covered within the syllabus?

  • Basic Concepts and Types of Evidence
  • The Burden and Standard of Proof
  • Hearsay
  • Privilege
  • Written Evidence and Disclosure of Documents
  • Witnesses
  • Expert Witnesses
  • Introduction: The Purpose of the Award
  • The Need for Plain Language
  • Legal and Substantive Requirements
  • Identifying the Issues for Determination
  • Reasoning and Decision Making
  • Structure of an Award
  • The Form of the Award
  • Publishing the Award

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the course, candidates must have:

  • Have successfully completed and passed the CIArb Module 1 Law, Practice and Procedure
  • Have successfully completed and passed the CIArb Module 2 Law of Obligations or
  • Been granted an exemption from the CIArb Module 2 Law of Obligations

Please note: whilst candidates can register for the Module 3 Award Writing course, and do the course without their Accelerated Route to Membership result, Module 3 exam candidates must have passed the Accelerated Route to Membership exam to sit the Module 3 exam.

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 4-hour Award Writing exercise. Additional information is provided on the day of the assessment in the form of the Arbitrator’s notebook. Candidates must achieve a minimum overall mark of 70% to pass the course.

Who are the Faculty to deliver this course?

The Module 3 Award Writing Course will be delivered by leading Australian Arbitration practitioners.

Course Director: Caroline Kenny QC
Tutors: Malcolm Holmes QC
Albert Monichino QC
Dr Vicky Priskich 
Gordon Smith

What is my next step after completing the course?

On successful completion of this course, candidates:

  • may schedule a Peer Interview with CIArb’s Membership department
  • will be eligible to apply for Fellow grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.

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

Registration and Fees

The course fee per person is AU$3,300 (incl GST), which  includes access to CIArb’s virtual learning platform, tutorials, course materials and a centralised exam assessment.

Joining instructions and course materials will be made available approximately two weeks prior to the course commencement date.

Places are strictly limited and registrations will close by the close of business on Friday, 14 August 2020.

To register, candidates will need to have completed the ARM course and email to proof that they have passed the Module 2 online exemption test (or completed Module 2)*.

Upon successful registration and receipt of payment, candidates will receive confirmation they are booked on the course.

For further information, please contact:

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