Accelerated Route to Fellowship - International Arbitration

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
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3 days
1,560 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Online courses

Course description

Accelerated Route to Fellowship - International Arbitration

To provide a fast-track route towards Fellowship through the International (i.e. non-domestic) Arbitration Pathway.  The Accelerated Route towards Fellowship has been designed for busy, legally qualified professionals who have substantial unassessed knowledge and experience of international arbitration.  The aim of the programme is to assess whether the candidate has the knowledge required to apply the principles and procedure of international arbitration using arbitration legislation based on the UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules and is capable of writing an reasoned and enforceable International Arbitration Award.

Candidates must evaluate their personal suitability to undertake the programme, appreciating that the assessments are intensive and that they will be assessed against standard benchmarks.

This programme focuses on the process, practice and procedures in international arbitration which is an essential requirement for qualification as a Fellow and for those who aim to practice as an international arbitrator.

How is the programme delivered?

This is an assessment programme as opposed to a teaching module. Learning will be based on private study prior to the oral assessment workshop, reinforced by tutor input and peer discussion during the workshop.

The programme is delivered over a period of three days, with assessment workshops on days one and two. On day three candidates sit a four hour examination.  The programme dates advertised are the dates when candidates will be required to attend the assessment workshops.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This Accelerated Route to Fellowship in International Arbitration was designed for busy and experienced legally qualified professionals who have a law qualification and substantial knowledge of arbitration.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to register for the Accelerated Route to Fellowship, candidates must:

  • have a relevant legal qualification such as a degree or diploma in law or hold a legal practice certificate;
  • have obtained an exemption through a relevant course offered by a CIArb Recognised Course Provider or a course offered by a CIArb Branch;
  • have substantial knowledge of international arbitration.

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

Outcome / Qualification etc.

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.

On successful completion of this programme, candidates:

  • may be eligible to claim CPD points if the course has contributed to members’ development, and evidence of participation is provided, it may count as part of the CPD requirement for CIArb, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board, ACCA, CILEX, ICE and RIBA;
  • Will be eligible to apply for Member grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits.
  • Be eligible for a Peer Interview for Fellowship.

Training Course Content

What is covered within the syllabus?

  • 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;
  • Obligations of the tribunal, responsibilities and obligations of the parties;
  • The arbitrator’s terms and conditions of appointment;
  • 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.

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The programme fee is £1600 + VAT.  The fee includes registration on the programme, the first attempt at the assessments, study materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.  Candidates are advised to refer to the Fee Terms and Conditions which details other fees that may be relevant.

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