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Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) is a leading professional membership organisation representing the interests of alternative dispute practitioners worldwide. Our growing membership of 15,000 is based across 133 countries and supported by an international network of 39 branches.

As a not-for-profit, UK registered charity, CIArb works in the public interest through an international network of 37 branches.

In addition to providing education and training for arbitrators, mediators and adjudicators, we act as an international centre for practitioners, policy makers, academics and those in business concerned with the cost-effective and early settlement of disputes. This gives users confidence that the very best people are helping to resolve their dispute.

For members, and where appropriate, non-members, CIArb offers a range of resources. It provides tools, support, advice, networking and promotional opportunities as well as facilities for hearings, meetings and other events.


Diploma In International Commercial Arbitration (Parts 1 & 2) Oxford

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The Diploma course is designed to provide a thorough understanding of the practice and procedure of international commercial arbitration.

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Course Information

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What are the learning outcomes? 

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Identify and explain in depth all the key elements of the international arbitration process;
  • Evaluate issues and apply the principles of the UNCITRAL Model Law appropriately;
  • Demonstrate practical skill in carrying out the tasks required in preparing for and progressing an international arbitration;
  • Demonstrate skill in controlling an international arbitration, communicating effectively with the parties, applying the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and adopting appropriate procedures.

What is covered in the Syllabus?

  • Arbitration distinguished from other forms of dispute resolution;
  • Nature and limits of arbitration and its treatment by various legal systems;
  • Privacy, loyalty, confidentiality and secrecy;
  • Legal systems and the hierarchy of norms;
  • The Role of state courts in support of the arbitral process;
  • Arbitration agreements;
  • The legal framework: the importance of the seat, the New York Convention, procedural laws, and procedural rules; conflict of laws, the Rome Convention;
  • The use and adoption by State entities of the UNCITRAL Model Law;
  • The UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts;
  • Types of Arbitration: ad-hoc, institutional, documents only, time limited;
  • Commencement of the arbitration, terms of reference;
  • The arbitrator’s terms and conditions of appointment;
  • Obligations of the tribunal, responsibilities and obligations of the parties;
  • An arbitrator’s jurisdiction and powers;
  • Challenges to jurisdiction, conflicts of interest;
  • Managing the arbitration process: communications, preliminary meeting, interlocutory matters, dealing with factual and opinion evidence and disclosure of documents;
  • Security for costs;
  • Presenting the claim and the defence: alternative methods;
  • Preparation for and procedure at a typical hearing, contrasting common law and civil law jurisdictions;
  • Essentials of an enforceable award;
  • Costs, offers and interest; alternative approaches in different jurisdictions;
  • Technology in arbitrations;
  • Construction industry arbitrations; 
  • Arbitration in Russia.

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