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Specialist Certificate in International Arbitration Practice

Course ID EC230301_ILP7

  • Online
  • 32
  • Foundation

International arbitration is generally the preferred method of resolving both high-value cross-border commercial disputes and those between states and their investors. It is particularly important in an international context to help resolve cross-border disputes.

As a practice area, it offers a range of opportunities, whether as a party representative or arbitrator and as a subject for study, it gives exposure to all legal traditions, fascinating and challenging aspects of private law, and an overarching near-global framework governed by international treaty.

This practical intensive course focuses on delivering the key knowledge and skills required to become a competent international arbitrator and provides a pathway to becoming a Member (MCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

The College is the only Recognised Course Provider (RCP) of CIArb in Australasia.

This course will be conducted entirely online with workshop sessions conducted via videoconferencing.

Start date: 21-24 March 2023
Workshop dates: 21, 22, 23, 24 March 2023
Workshop times: 9am – 5pm
End date: 24 March 2023

Please email us at jjung@collaw.edu.au to advise if you have questions.


Full Price $3,995.00


Start date:

21 March 2023

End date:

24 March 2023


At the end of this short course you will be able to:
  • Analyse and apply advanced legal understanding within the context of international arbitral practice
  • Understand complex problems and recommend an appropriate course of action
  • Use modern methods to conduct research including international arbitral industry commentary
  • Understand the ethical framework and professional conduct rules that apply to lawyers and international arbitrators
  • Learn how as an independent arbitrator, to achieve legal and commercial goals with an awareness of international factors
  • Learn how to collaborate, problem solve and develop strategies in international arbitration practice
  • Understand how to translate and communicate complex information to diverse audiences.



The course has three components:

Online learning: You will be given access to the College Learning Portal from the course start date where you will access reading materials prior to attending the face-to-face workshop

You can access your materials at anytime, anywhere and on any device. 4-day workshop: The second of the three components is a 4-day F2F workshop held Tues-Friday at Sydney HQ campus (570 George St)

The workshop is both an opportunity for you to engage in practical exercises and tutorials with legal industry experts and it is a great chance to network and connect with peers within the profession.


We want you to finish the course with the knowledge and skills to; be a competent and successful international arbitrator and, to obtain your MCIArb membership. Assessments will take place during the face to face workshop. To be eligible for MCIArb you will need to obtain a credit score above 60% in your assessments to qualify.



The assessment structure is summarised below:
Assessment Activity Name Format
Attendance and participation (5%) Workshop Component Attendance and satisfactory participation
Drafting an arbitration agreement and written advice to client (20%) Online assessment (due 1 week after workshop) Written assessment
Drafting a written submission and presenting an oral argument before the arbitral tribunal (25%) Workshop component (day 2) Written and oral assessment
Presenting an opening note before the arbitral tribunal (25%) Workshop (day 3) Oral assessment
Drafting written advice to the Claimant (25%) Online assessment (due 1 week after workshop) Written assessment



This course is for practitioners wanting to become a competent international arbitrator or for those seeking a pathway to becoming a Member (MCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).



If you are interested in providing training for your firm, contact us to coordinate everything from enrolment to completion. The course can be delivered on site in your offices or at our campuses in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide or Sydney.

For more information, please contact James Jung, Director of International Relations and Development, The College of Law.

D: +61 2 9965 7074
E: jjung@collaw.edu.au



This course is not an approved CPD activity for Western Australian practitioners.



If you intend to claim CPD units for this educational activity, please note that CPD activities are not accredited by the Law Society of NSW or any other equivalent local authority, with the exception of Western Australia. If you hold a practising certificate in a state or territory other than Western Australia and this educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) "unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included. The annual requirement is ten (10) CPD units each year from 1 April to 31 March. Some practitioners, such as accredited specialists are required to complete more than ten (10) units each CPD year.



Ethics and professional responsibility
Practice management and business skills
Professional skills
Substantive law



Martin Polaine, Teaching Fellow at the College of Law and Barrister at Brooke Chambers, London, UK.

Guest speakers:

Karen Gough, Teaching Fellow at the College of Law and Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers / Past President of CIArb, London, UK.

Raphael Tay, Teaching Fellow at the College of Law and Partner at LAW Partnerships, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Helen Tung, Teaching Fellow at the College of Law and Barrister at Tung Chambers, Melbourne, Australia