About the Course

Due to the success in Brisbane 2015Perth 2016, and Melbourne 2017 CIArb Australia will be conducting the Introduction to International Arbitration course again in 2018.  We are pleased to announce it will be run in Brisbane, Queensland, on Saturday 18 August 2018.  In addition to sessions being conducted by prominent arbitration experts and practitioners, the course will feature an address by The Hon Justice Andrew Greenwood, Federal Court of Australia. For full details and to register please click onto relevant sections in the left hand bar of this page.

What is the aim of the course?

To provide an understanding of the general principles of international (ie 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.

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 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 defence: alternative methods;
  • Procedure at a typical hearing, including contrasting common and civil law jurisdictions;
  • Costs and interest: alternative approaches in different jurisdictions; and
  • Essentials of an enforceable award.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment consists of an online multiple choice assessment, with 60 questions derived from the content of the  CIArb Work Book, up to three attempts to take and pass the test, and a pass mark of 55%. Full details of how to access the assessment will be provided at the conclusion of the tutorials. 

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; and
  • wish to become an Associate member of CIArb.

English Language Competence - CIArb training and assessment is carried out in English, and 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.

What is my next step when I complete the course?

  • successful candidates will be awarded an Introductory Certificate;
  • successful candidates will be eligible to apply for Associate grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits;
  • successful candidates may progress onto Module 1 of the International Arbitration Pathway; and
  • candidates may be eligible to claim CPD points through relevant law societies, bar associations and other professional bodies.

Course Times

The course is delivered over one day, Saturday, 18 August 2018. The day starts at 8.50 am and finishes at 5.30 pm, followed by drinks.

Course Venue

Law Society House, 179 Ann Street, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia