About the Course

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Australia, East Asia, and Singapore is conducting the Asia Pacific Diploma Course In International Arbitration in Perth, Australia from 28 July 2018 to 5 August 2018. Following the success in Hong Kong 2017 and Singapore in 2016, this pre-eminent tertiary course offers a prestigious globally recognised qualification and is aimed at meeting the increasing demands for accredited arbitrators and arbitration practitioners to resolve cross-border disputes in the Asia Pacific.

The Diploma course is split into two parts: Part One - Diploma course (including a Practice and Procedure examination) and Part Two - Award Writing course (including assignment and examination).

During an intensive and interactive nine-day program, students will be taught the practice of international commercial arbitration, covering major forms of arbitration and arbitration institutions including the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC and CIETAC, and will gain the ability to appear in or act as an arbitrator or counsel in different contexts. In addition, during the week day afternoon sessions, students will take part in practical group workshops under the guidance of experienced arbitrators and be given practical training addressing a range of problems which may arise in the course of conducting an international arbitration. The course faculty comprises international arbitration experts from across the Asia Pacific and around the world.

On completion of the Diploma course, students are eligible to sit the Practice and Procedure examination offered by CIArb Australia, CIArb East Asia and CIArb Singapore in October 2018. Students who successfully pass the Practice and Procedure examination (55%) will be eligible to sit a Module 4 - Award Writing Course and to sit for an Award Writing Examination which will be held in 2019 (dates to be announced soon). Students who pass the Practice and Procedure examination and the Award Writing examination will be awarded a Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration by CIArb and are able to apply for the Fellow Peer Interview to become a CIArb Fellow.

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.
  • Associates or Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators who have experience of domestic arbitration practice and wish to extend their knowledge to include international arbitration procedures.

What is covered in the syllabus for Part One?

Topics include:

  • What is International Commercial Arbitration?
  • What Laws, Legal Norms And Legal Systems Apply in International Commercial Arbitration
  • The History and Development of the Framework of the New York Convention, the UNCITRAL Model Law and the Laws Governing International Arbitration in Australia and Asia
  • The Arbitration Agreement: Formation Validity Activation and Scope. How to Draft an Appropriate Arbitration Agreement
  • Stays of Court Proceedings and Anti-suit Injunctions; The Appointment of the Arbitrator; The Arbitrator's Independence; and Impartiality Confidentiality in Arbitration Interim Measures
  • The Preliminary Conference and Hearing
  • The Award: Interest and Costs, and Award Writing
  • Setting Aside, Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • ICC, CIETAC and other Arbitral Processes
  • Maritime Arbitration
  • Sports Arbitration
  • Construction Arbitration

How is Part One delivered?

Part One is delivered over nine intensive days, with a combination of lectures, tutorials and discussion workshops dealing with international arbitration law, practice and procedure. The course is delivered at the Curtin Law School, Perth, Western Australia starting 28 July 2018 and concludes on 5 August 2018. Lectures  begin from 9.00 am and end at 5.15 pm throughout the nine days. Candidates will be provided with a textbook, Law & Practice of International Commercial Arbitration by Redfern & Hunter, Student Edition and four  volumes of reference materials in hard copy which consist of  Legislation & Conventions, Arbitration Rules, Arbitration Guidelines and  CIArb Practice Guidelines.

How will I be assessed for Part One ?

Candidates are required to sit for one written closed book examination scheduled for three hours on international Arbitration Practice and Procedure. The examination is on a pass or fail basis. Candidates must achieve a minimum of 55%. Candidates who fail will be required to re-sit the examination. While the examination is closed book,  candidates, however, will be allowed to use unmarked copies of the four volumes of the provided reference materials. Highlighting and underlining is permitted. Results are dispatched to candidates usually eight to 12 weeks from the date of the submission of the assignment or examination.

Candidates will be automatically registered to sit for the examination and will be provided with three options of venues to sit for their examination which will be in Melbourne (Australia), Singapore and Hong Kong. It is possible to arrange for examinations to be sat elsewhere, for example, at a CIArb Branch or a special examination centre or in the case in Australia, a city other than Melbourne. Candidates must specify on the registration form where they would prefer to sit their examination. Candidates who wish to sit an examination at a CIArb Branch or a special examination centre will be required to pay any additional local charges for invigilation and facilities


Course Venue

Curtin Law School
57 Murray Street Perth

Social Events

27 July 2018 5 pm - 7 pm: Welcome Reception
Hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills
36/250 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

1  August 2018 7 pm - 10 pm : Midweek Reception
 The Reveley

Eastern Promenade, 901 Riverside, Perth WA 6000

3 August 2018 7 pm - 11 pm (Dress Code: Business): Course  Dinner
The Western Australia Club
Level 11/12 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Guest Speaker:  The Hon Christian Porter, Attorney General of Australia

Official Accommodation Provider

Intercontinental City Centre Perth

How do I make booking with InterContinental Perth City Centre and get a special rate?

InterContinental Perth City Centre is offering the course participants a special rate of A$ 230.00 per night for a Classic King Room or A$ 260.00 per night for a Club Room inclusive of breakfast for one person. Please note that only confirmed candidates can enjoy the rates provided.

To made booking, please contact Mr Chalee Nai Kin, Business Development Manager, CIArb Asia Pacific at cnaikin@ciarb.org after you have registered and made payment for the course.

For more information about InterContinental Perth City Centre and their location details, please log on to www.perth.intercontinental.com