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International Arbitration Award Writing

The International Arbitration Award Writing module provides the requisite knowledge of and practice in all the requirement of writing a final, reasoned and enforceable Award in an international commercial dispute. There are two opportunities to take the International Arbitration Award Writing Exam: May – July or August – September.

The module provides an excellent opportunity for students to revise questions relating to arbitration awards, their legal regulation and their effect. Students will be sent a reading list as well as a set of reading materials focusing on arbitration awards, their characteristics, functions and drafting.
Candidates will be required to start working on the awards by drafting summary of facts, summary of parties' positions, claims, etc. Two weeks after the first materials are released, candidates will be sent a second set of materials (typically the information relating to the hearing) and they will have twenty-four (24) hours to complete their award. Awards should be no less than 5,000 words and presented in a format that it is suitable for international arbitration award. All course materials can be accessed via QMPlus (Virtual Learning Environment).

Candidates can attend a one day seminar (optional) which will cover the following areas:

  • What is an award?
  • Some formalities
  • Writing an award.

2017 timetable

30 June: One Day Seminar, 10:30-16:30. Location: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Lincoln’s Inn Field

May-June 2017

  • 2 May: Distribution of reading lists and materials
  • 3 July: First part of award writing exam - released via QMplus at 10am
  • 18 July: Second part of award writing exam - released via QMplus at 10am
  • 19 July: Final Awards to be returned for marking via QMplus at 10am.

August-September 2017

  • 16 August: Distribution of reading lists and materials.
  • 13 September: First part of award writing exam - released via QMplus at 10am
  • 27 September: Second part of award writing exam - released via QMplus at 10am
  • 28 September: Final Awards to be returned for marking via QMplus at 10am.

Important Information

  • Assessment will be by a written report (i.e. a Final Arbitral Award)
  • If you are eligible for the CIArb exemption, the pass mark required in 70%. Please see below for CIArb eligibility.
  • Minimum 5000 words

Who Can Apply?

This module is compulsory for students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma International Dispute Resolution or Postgraduate Diploma International Commercial Arbitration (Distance Learning) at Queen Mary University of London. It is also open to LLM students at Queen Mary University of London as well as external participants.

LLM students and external candidates, please note the following information concerning the Chartered Institute of Arbitration:

  • CIArb's RCP approval runs for three years so from January 2012 until January 2015 any candidate who passed the LLM in those three years would be exempt.
  • Any candidate who registered on the course before January 2015 would also be allowed exemption.
  • This same rule would apply to deferrals – if they came back within the three years (Jan 2012-Jan 2015) to continue the course then CIArb would offer exemption.
  • If they come back to the course after January 2015 they will not be exempt.
  • CIArb will not offer exemption to anyone who registered outside of these three years as their syllabus and assessment has changed dramatically since then.

How to Book

External applicants and Queen Mary University of London LLM students should book online at our E-Shop. Current QMUL Diploma students do not need to book as attendance is included in their programme.

Fees

  • Standard fee (seminar and exam) - £750
  • QM Students and Alumni (seminar and exam) - £550
  • Standard fee (exam only) - £500
  • QM Students and Alumni (exam only) - £300
  • Standard fee (seminar only) - £300
  • QM Students and Alumni (seminar only) - £275.
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