Introduction to International Arbitration 2019

2019 introduction to international arbitration


Due to the success in Brisbane 2015, Perth 2016, Melbourne 2017, and Brisbane 2018, CIArb Australia will be conducting the Introduction to International Arbitration course again in 2019. We are pleased to announce it will be run in Perth, Western Australia, on Friday 10 May 2019. In addition to sessions being conducted by prominent arbitration experts and practitioners, the course will feature addresses by guest speakers.

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

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 one assignment that is distributed to candidates on the day of the course. Candidates will be given 28 days to complete and submit the assignment. The result is a pass or fail based on understanding and knowledge. Results are dispatched to candidates normally eight to twelve weeks from the date of the submission of the assignment.

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 Time

The course is delivered over one day Friday 10 May 2019. The day starts at 9 am and finishes at 6 pm (including post course networking drinks)


Simon Davis (Course Director), Francis Burt Chambers and CIArb Australia Director;  Beth Cubitt, (Tutor) Partner, Clyde & Co; Scott Ellis, (Tutor) Francis Burt Chambers and James Healy  (Tutor) Francis Burt Chambers and  CIArb Australia Vice President  Guest Speakers: The Hon John Gilmour QC and  The Hon Wayne Martin AC QC

Course Venue

Clyde & Co, Level 28, 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia

Course Fee

$750 (incl GST) which covers cost for online assessment (£95), tutorials, course materials, lunch, morning/afternoon tea and post course networking drinks.

Online Registration

To register for this course, please click here

Places are strictly limited and registrations close by COB on Friday, 3 May 2019.

For further information, please contact:

Gianna Totaro
CEO, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited
Mobile: +61 (0) 438 337 328   Email: