Past Events

Fast track to Fellowship (International Arbitration) Course – Sydney

CIArb is planning to hold an Accelerated Route to Fellowship (International Arbitration) course in Sydney on 19 and 20 November 2011.

This course (to be held in the Sydney CBD) is intended for suitably qualified candidates who are practising lawyers of at least 10 years’ standing and who otherwise have sufficient experience in arbitration.

The two-day program consists of small discussion groups and workshops, in which candidates will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and skill in arbitration.  There will be a pre-course assignment to be handed in when the course starts on Day 1 and written exercises. There will also be an overnight exercise to be handed in on Day 2.

Successful candidates who then also undertake the Award Writing Course and pass the Award Writing examination and are subsequently interviewed to the satisfaction of CIArb Australia may apply for Fellowship (FCIArb). Further steps can then be taken to become a ‘Chartered Arbitrator.’

The Course syllabus is based on international arbitration law and it is essential that candidates have at least a reasonable working knowledge of the UNCITRAL Model Law and Rules. 

When: 9:00am on 19/11/2011 to 5:00pm on 20/11/2011

Sydney, 2000


Inaugural Conference of CIArb’s Young Members Group – Dublin

This conference offers you the opportunity to network with other young members and to develop your knowledge.

Are you interested in meeting other CIArb young members? Would you like to learn more about topics of key importance in the field of international arbitration? If so, this conference offers you the opportunity to network with other young members and to develop your knowledge.

Topics include:

  • International Best Practice: What can arbitral seats learn from one another?
  • Evolving practice under the New York Convention
  • Investment Arbitration: Fit for the purpose?

Speakers include:

Stacey Barnes (USA), Gordon Blanke MCIArb (UAE), Laurence Burger ACIArb, YMG Committee Vice Chairman (Switzerland), Beata Gessel (Poland), Luis Guerrero (Brazil), Brian Hutchinson (Ireland), Doug Jones, FCIArb, CIArb President (Australia), Mark Levy (UK), Goncalo Malheiro ACIArb, YMG Committee Chairman (Portugal), Mandy Moore FCIArb (Canada), Klaus Reichert (Ireland).

Pre-launch Reception

Will be held in the City Hall, Dublin, 19:30 on Thursday 10 November 2011.

Irish Branch Annual Dinner

Delegates are invited to attend the dinner, sponsored by Maples & Calder solicitors, on the evening of Friday 11 November at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin.

When: 7:30pm on 10/11/2011 to 4:30pm on 11/11/2011
Distillery Building
145-151 Church Street

Dublin, 7


Diploma Course in International Commercial Arbitration – Sydney

This intensive course in International Commercial Arbitration is offered over 9 days with a weekend workshop.

Participants will be taught the practice of international commercial arbitration, including all major forms of arbitration and arbitration institutions such as ACICA, WIPO and CIETAC. Participants will gain the ability to appear in or act as an arbitrator in such arbitrations in different contexts.

The course assumes a knowledge of law either from a law faculty or some other discipline, such as economics. Successful completion of this programme may enable students to gain advanced standing in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales.

The course covers the fundamentals of international commercial arbitration. The lectures and workshops analyse legal concepts and issues arising during the course of an arbitration.

The course offers specialised study in Investment Treaty Arbitration, WIPO Arbitration and Maritime Arbitration. In the afternoon sessions, participants take part in practical group workshops, under the guidance of experienced arbitrators. Students will be given practical training in the conduct of an international arbitration and will discuss a range of problems which may arise in the course of conducting hypothetical international arbitrations.

There is a course dinner for students, speakers and panelists Saturday 8 October 2011.

Places are strictly limited.

Cost: A$6,600 (GST inclusive) includes tuition and course notes.

Please see the attached form for registration.

For further information please contact:
Ms Michelle Sindler
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited
Level 16, 1 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
Tel: + 61 2 9230 0677; Fax: +61 2 9223 7053

When: 9:00am on 8/10/2011 to 5:00pm on 16/10/2011
University of New South Wales
Union Road

Kensington, NSW 2000


Costs of International Arbitration Conference – London

Costs of International Arbitration Conference - London, 27-29 September 2011

This conference will focus on the results of CIArb's Costs of International Arbitration survey to analyse precisely where and how costs are incurred and to explore the ways in which they can be reduced to make international commercial arbitration more cost-effective and efficient. An array of distinguished speakers will discuss the impact of costs in different sectors and jurisdictions.

For more information, please see the conference website.

When: 9:00am on 27/9/2011 to 7:00pm on 28/9/2011
Millennium Gloucester Hotel
4-18 Harrington Gardens

South Kensington, SW7 4LH

United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7421 7427

Australia’s new policy on investor-state dispute settlement – Sydney

Australia’s new policy on investor-state dispute settlement - Sydney, 3 August 2011

In April 2011, the Gillard Government announced in its Trade Policy Statement: Trading Our Way to More Jobs and Prosperity that it would significantly restrict the practice of including investor-state dispute settlement provisions in bilateral investment treaties and free trade agreements. In doing so, it adopted one of the recommendations of the Australian Productivity Commission’s report on bilateral and regional trade agreements, which was published in December 2010.

The stated reasons for this major policy shift include the Government’s concern that it should not support provisions that would constrain the ability of Australian governments to make laws on social, environmental and economic matters, or provisions that confer greater legal rights on foreign businesses than those available to domestic businesses.  This change in Australia’s approach to the negotiation of international investment agreements has been welcomed by some constituencies, but has also caused disquiet in others.

This seminar will focus on this new policy, and consider the implications for the Australian Government, Australian private business, and other stakeholders in inward and outward foreign investment.

This seminar is presented by the Sydney Centre for International Law and the Australian etwork for Japanese Law. It is also supported by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Australian Branch.


Max Bonnell, Partner, Mallesons & Adjunct Professor, Sydney Law School

Associate Professor Chester Brown, Sydney Law School

Associate Professor Luke Nottage, Sydney Law School

Chair: Robert Pritchard, Managing Director, ResourcesLaw International


Full fee: $135; SLS Alumni: $108; F/T students/academics: $33 (all inc GST)

Registration & Details


Event Coordinator
Phone: 9351 0238

When: 6:00pm on to 7:30pm on 3/8/2011
Minter Ellison Room, Level 13, St James Campus
173 - 175 Phillip Street

Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: 9351 0238

APRAG General Meeting & Conference – Kuala Lumpur

The Fourth Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG) General Meeting and Conference will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 9 and 10 July 2011. The theme for APRAG 2011 is 'International Arbitration in a Challenging Region'.  The Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) is the host, organiser and secretariat for the event.

For more information, please see the attached programme, or visit the APRAG 2011 website,

When: 7:30am on 8/7/2011 to 2:50pm on 10/7/2011
Mandarin Oriental
Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Kuala Lumpur, KL 50088