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How to Become an International Arbitrator

Progress your legal career as you gain dispute resolution skills to enter international arbitration with confidence.

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How to Become an International Arbitrator

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Develop your understanding of international (commercial) arbitration

International arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution method. It involves arbitrators resolving conflicts instead of going through traditional court proceedings.

On this two-week course, you’ll gain the skills to successfully start your career as an arbitrator.

You’ll develop an awareness of the current trends and issues in international arbitration and gain valuable insights from experts in the field. Working on tasks that mirror real-life scenarios, you’ll gain practical skills to take into your professional practice.

Discover the skills needed to become an arbitrator

Throughout the course, you’ll assess your existing skills and compare them with the attributes you’ll need to work in international arbitration.

This analysis will help you make informed decisions on your career trajectory as you learn how to build the skills you need to become an effective arbitrator.

Unpack different types of law firms

You’ll discover the differences between large and small law firms to help you find the workplace that is right for you.

Next, you’ll learn how to leverage what you know to excel in your role and stand out in your firm.

Finally, you’ll explore the pathways to become an arbitrator as you create a roadmap to help set you up for career success.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a thriving career in international arbitration.


  • Week 1

    What do you know about international arbitration?

    • What is international arbitration?

      In this activity we explore what international arbitration is and we learn why it is the preferred method of resolving high-value commercial disputes and those between states and their investors.

    • What skills and attributes are essential for working in international arbitration?

      In this activity we watch and listen to Caroline, Karen and Johnathon, experts in international arbitration. We investigate our strengths as communicators and discuss what attributes make a great arbitrator.

    • What is key to becoming an international arbitrator?

      Reflect on what has already been covered. Do you have what it takes to become an international arbitrator?

  • Week 2

    How do you become an international arbitrator?

    • Finding the right workplace for you.

      In this activity we consider the broader factors that can shape your career in international arbitration.

    • Pathways

      Each panelist reflects on how they have progressed their career. Do their stories resonate with you?

    • Current trends and areas of concern

      Reflect on the panelists' pathways to becoming arbitrators. Consider the BRI and how it impacts your geographical location. Based on what you now know, what are your next steps to becoming an international arbitrator?

    • Course wrap up: Where's next?

      This course has focussed on what it takes to become an international arbitrator. Are you ready to level-up your career?

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify both legal and non-legal issues during international arbitration
  • Discuss common arbitration knowledge and practice
  • Demonstrate leadership and communication skills when working with clients

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for lawyers interested in progressing their careers in international law, specifically international arbitration.

You’ll gain an insight into what international arbitration is, how to break into this area of legal practice, and if this area of law is a good fit for you.

Who will you learn with?

James is the Director of Programs at the College of Law Asia. He is admitted to practice law in Australia (NSW) and New Zealand. His qualifications include BA, LLB, MA(Hons) and LLM(Hons).

Karee is a corporate legal practitioner with a background in adult learning, applied linguistics and digital design. She is a member of the Interaction Design Foundation and NSW Law Society.

Who developed the course?

College of Law

The College of Law has been at the forefront of practical legal education since 1974. More than 60,000 of our graduates work across all facets of the industry – and we’re one of the most trusted names in legal training in Australia and New Zealand.

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