M3DF One year part-time - Next intake: January 2014
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I found the course very interactive and it affords students the benefit of direct contact with enthusiastic and supportive lecturers who are recognised as leading authorities in the field of International Arbitration.
Dr Estelle Katsimani Senior Associate at Herbert Smith LLP specialising in Construction disputes.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) offers the first Europe-based Postgraduate Distance Learning Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration with online support.
Arbitration is becoming an increasingly popular and more specialised method to resolve disputes:
- The International Chamber of Commerce in Paris has increased the number of cases from 325 in 2006 to 508 in 2011
- LCIA from 160 in 2008 to 240 in 2012
- New ICC Rules and Swiss Rules in 2012, imminent new Vienna Rules
The online diploma is aimed, in particular, at practising lawyers, barristers, solicitors and in-house lawyers who cannot attend classes in London and require the flexibility of distance learning. Some students don't have a law background but do have arbitration experience, typically engineers, surveyors or accountants. The diploma course attracts about 25 students worldwide per year.
The Distance Learning PG Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration is a comprehensive arbitration curriculum with in-depth coverage of arbitration theory and exposure to arbitration practical issues (including how to draft arbitration awards), taught by leading academics and practitioners in the field. The programme covers a wide range of arbitration-related courses (commercial arbitration, construction arbitration, investment arbitration, ADR, litigation, substantive commercial law).
If you have arbitration experience but no formal qualification, you will gain solid theoretical knowledge of key arbitration issues and a broader understanding of arbitration.
Teaching operates via an interactive online platform and the circulation of CDs and other tangible media.
The Diploma is taught by leading experts in the area and covers International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration.
The programme is a postgraduate degree course involving part-time study for a period of 18 months, starting during January each year.
The diploma requires the successful completion of 120 credits which can be completed as follows:
Students will be required to take the two core modules:
- CCDD001 International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (Compulsory)
- International Arbitration Award Writing
Plus one further optional module from the list below:
- CCDD002 Alternative Dispute Resolution
- CCDD003 International Construction - Contracts and Arbitration
- CCDD008 International Commercial Law
- CCDD005 International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement
- CCDD006 International Commercial Litigation
- CCDD007 Dissertation
Modules and Dissertation
The year is divided into two seven-month terms, with a selection of optional modules and dissertation being offered during the second term.
- Taught modules (45 credits)
Each module requires around seven and a half hours of work a week over one term. Each module assessment will vary and consist of assessed tasks, a module essay and final assessment exercise (take-home exam).
- Dissertation (15,000 words) (45 credits) – topic of your own choice
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Ms Norah Gallagher (Programme Director)
- HH Humphrey Lloyd
- Professor Loukas Mistelis
- Dr Tatiana Kyselova
- Download the DL Programme Schedule including course and exam dates [PDF 23kb]
- Download the International Arbitration Award Writing details [PDF 81kb]
Professional Exams Exemptions
Candidates who pass the Diploma paper on International Commercial Arbitration and the module on award writing are exempt from Parts I, II and III of the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (full exemption from the academic stage).
An upper second class honours degree in law (or with law as a major element) at a British university or the equivalent in other universities. Equivalent professional qualifications and experience are accepted at the discretion of the Programme Director.
Deadline for applying: 16 December 2013
As this is a distance learning programme, we understand that applicants may live overseas or outside London. To comply with official admissions procedures, we require certified copies of qualifications that have to be sent by post or courier if you are unable to deliver them in person. We have set the deadline to ensure that your documentation arrives in time for us to process it. This also allows time for you to receive the required course materials ready for the start of the programme.
Apply online using our online application form.
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Full guidance notes are provided during the online application process.
If you are unable to access the online form or would prefer to submit a paper application, please contact the Admissions team by email on email@example.com. The Admissions team will also be able to help with advice, or if you have any difficulty using the online application form.
Administrator: Michelle Dean
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8099
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Dr Estelle Katsimani
Senior Associate at Herbert Smith LLP specialising in Construction disputes,
Graduate PG Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration (Distance Learning)
"I can highly recommend the Post-graduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. The course is structured in such a way that it provides an excellent grounding to the student and practitioner alike on all major issues arising in day-to-day arbitration practice whilst at the same time promoting academic research of the highest standard on selected topics of interest. It is very interactive and affords the students the benefit of direct contact with enthusiastic and supportive lecturers who are recognised as leading authorities in the field of International Arbitration"
Roy W Andrew
Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration - Distance Learning
BSc, LLM (Construction Law), MRICS, MCIArb, FQSi, Senior Consultant, Hill International
Roy Andrew is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with extensive contractual and commercial management experience across a range of construction and engineering projects. Roy has worked in senior positions with a number of major national contractors. In relation to these positions he has had responsibility for commercial management, procurement, cost estimates, design management, reviewing and advising on contracts and the management of project teams.
In his present role Roy has had experience in the production of independent project reviews, representing the referring party and respondent in adjudications, assisting Expert Witnesses in undertaking forensic delay analysis for international arbitrations and court actions, production of reports on claims entitlement and the provision of general contractual advice.
I undertook the Postgraduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration because I was becoming involved in International Arbitrations in connection with Expert Witness appointments in my role with Hill International and wanted to gain a detailed understanding of this area of dispute resolution. The course also offered a specialist module in International Construction Contracts which dovetailed with my own experience and has put the knowledge gained on the course into context. I have thoroughly enjoyed the Diploma and it has genuinely exceeded my expectations with the interesting content and areas covered. The structure of course allowed flexibility which enabled me to plan and balance study and work commitments. The knowledge of the tutors and the quality of the materials provided were exceptional and I can now say with confidence that I have gained a detailed and meaningful understanding of international commercial arbitration which provides a solid foundation for my future involvement in this arena.