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International Arbitration: Frameworks and Drafting an Arbitration Agreement

Discover the history of arbitration and the forms it can take as you gain crucial skills to draft an arbitration agreement.

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International Arbitration: Frameworks and Drafting an Arbitration Agreement

  • 5 weeks

  • 9 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Develop skills in drafting an arbitration agreement and providing client advice

Embarking on a career as an international arbitrator requires a solid foundation, and an arbitration agreement is a key component in this field.

On this five-week course, you’ll gain crucial skills to draft an arbitration agreement and provide expert written advice. This knowledge will help you become a confident and successful international arbitrator.

This course is part of a series which acts as a pathway to becoming a Member (MCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). The College of Law is the only Recognised Course Provider (RCP) of CIArb in Australasia, ensuring that your education aligns with the highest industry standards.

Discover the history of arbitration

You’ll start by delving into the history of arbitration to understand its advantages and disadvantages as a dispute resolution method.

Next, you’ll learn the details of how international arbitration works. This will help you understand how it should be administered as well as the factors to consider when choosing an arbitration institution.

Gain practical skills to advance as an arbitrator

On the course, you’ll master the fundamental concepts that underpin the arbitration process. This includes confidentiality, privacy, and the validity of an arbitration agreement.

What’s more, you’ll develop practical expertise in drafting an arbitration agreement as you discover the essential and advisable elements in an arbitration agreement for international disputes.

Master alternative dispute resolution

Finally, you’ll develop essential written communication skills to help you advise your client.

Guided by the experts at College of Law, you’ll finish the course with a strong foundation of knowledge and a versatile skill set ready to excel in international arbitration.


  • Week 1

    International arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution

    • How did alternative dispute resolution (ADR) begin?

      Litigation is commonly known as a means of addressing wrongs suffered by a party, however, litigation can be expensive. In this activity we discuss other ways of resolving disputes.

    • Progress so far

      This activity considers which ADR mechanisms are available for a dispute regarding contract performance.

  • Week 2

    How does international arbitration work?

    • Legal frameworks

      In this activity we analyse the components of the legal frameworks within which an arbitration operates.

    • Institutional and ad hoc arbitration

      In this article we consider how an arbitration is administered: either through a specialist arbitral institution or ad hoc

    • Choosing an arbitral institution

      Arbitral institutions serve as the administrators of the arbitration and shape the policies that govern the process. What factors would you consider when choosing an institution to nominate an agreement?

    • Progress so far

      Read the scenario and answer the question that follows.

  • Week 3

    The arbitration agreement

    • Core concepts

      This activity focuses on the foundations of effective arbitration agreements.

    • Key factors and types of clauses

      This activity considers the key factors required when drafting a valid arbitration agreement.

    • Progress so far

      In this activity you will choose an institutional clause to begin your arbitration agreement.

  • Week 4

    What does an arbitration agreement look like?

    • How to draft an arbitration agreement

      In this activity we evaluate an effective arbitration agreement.

    • Progress so far

      In this activity you will practise drafting an arbitration agreement.

  • Week 5

    Advise your client

    • Write an advice to your client

      In this activity we consider key foundational requirements of effective written communication. This is a core skill when explaining your chosen approach to an arbitration agreement.

    • Progress so far

      For this week's activity we consider communicating with your client to highlight issues that need to be raised in relation to the arbitration agreement you have drafted.

    • Course wrap up

      In this activity we pull together key learning outcomes in a series of discussion questions.

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Learning on this course

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...

  • Investigate alternative dispute resolution (ADR) laws and institutions and models and mechanisms for dispute resolution in ASEAN +6 countries.
  • Discuss the availability of arbitration in ASEAN +6 countries.
  • Evaluate the rules of the key arbitral institutions in ASEAN +6 countries.
  • Debate arguments for and against the use of arbitration for resolving commercial disputes.
  • Identify essential elements in an arbitration agreement for international disputes.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for professionals looking to take their next career step.

It will be most beneficial for legal practitioners currently working in international law or those who would like to move into arbitration as a new area of practice.

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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