Certificate Program on Arbitration

The only arbitration training program that covers the law and practice of arbitration from every angle.  All sessions are guided by academics, practitioners, in-house counsel and arbitrators from a cross-section of industries and geographical locations.  Through this certificate program you will gain critical understanding and insight into the arbitration process from perspectives that are broader than a single person, institution, industry or location.

What are the key learning outcomes I can expect from this Program?

Through the lectures, readings and simulation exercises, participants will gain knowledge and skill sets to successfully navigate the key phases of an arbitration:

  • When to include arbitration in a dispute resolution clause
  • How to successfully negotiate an arbitration clause into a contract
  • Drafting the "ideal" clause and identifying when step-clauses may be appropriate
  • How to select the best arbitrator and selection criteria
  • How to manage evidence in an arbitration: from the client, lawyer and arbitrator perspective
  • Emergency arbitration
  • Understanding the legal and practical parameters around interim relief and conservatory measures; and
  • Enforceable arbitration awards.

How do I enroll in the Program?

No application is required to enroll in the Program.  You simply register for the Program. 

How is this Program different from other arbitration training programs on the market ?

This is a good question as there are many options.  The IICL created this program only because we saw a possibility to add value to current options on the market. 

One of the key differences is that the Program is online, so it does not require extra travel costs or time away from work to achieve the advanced training and certificate, and it enables you complete it around your professional and personal obligations. And given that you have the option to participate in a synchronous live class, you don't lose the personal connection with instructors or colleagues (option is also available to watch recorded sessions).

But more importantly, by making the Program online -- and eliminating the physical classroom -- our roster of guest lecturers is not limited to individuals that can appear in person.  Rather, we can more broadly draw on top experts from around the world.  Given this flexibility, we can include a multiplicity of perspective.  For example, many trainings include a presentation on the management of evidence in an arbitration.  But imagine the value-add to a program if this topic is addressed from the four key perspectives:  client's expectations (in-house perspective), outside counsel's perspective, arbitrator's perspective and the academic perspective.  This diversity is also broadened via the inclusion of persons from different legal and cultural backgrounds.  In each class we present a virtual round-table of expertise.  We provide you with a holistic understanding of each topic in an arbitration process so that you leave the Program with the knowledge and tools to more effectively manage the process from your perspective. 

Will this Program help build my arbitration credentials?

Yes.  Whether you are a lawyer, arbitrator or involved in arbitration work (or want to be) this Program expands your resume, along with your knowledge and skill-set.  This Program also compliments training programs offered by the arbitration institutions, as it is an academic certificate that provides a broader view of global institutions, rules, laws, policies and practices governing the arbitration process.

Who are the typical participants in the Program?

Arbitrators, dispute resolution professionals, commercial law practitioners, in-house counsel, contracts and commercial professionals (private sector and government), academics and post-graduate law students* are encouraged to enroll.  Generally, our programs include a cross-section of participants from these different groups, originating from every corner of the globe.  There is a rich diversity of experience and perspective which provides tremendous value during discussions and simulation exercises.

* US LLM students and law students in their third year are encouraged to apply.  Outside the US, law students in their advanced stages of study or post-graduate law studies are encouraged to apply.

My schedule is relatively unpredictable.  Will that pose a problem or prevent me from participating in the Program?

No. The Program was designed for you to engage in a way that best suits your schedule. The live online interactive classes are scheduled on Fridays at 9:30am New York time, however, if this time poses a conflict, participants are able to view recorded materials on their own time. Similarly, online simulation exercises are scheduled at a time that best suits your schedule.

How much time will I have to commit to the Program per week?

Participants should expect to dedicate 3-4 hours per week in class preparation and participation - including live (or recorded) classes, reading and writing assignments, video lectures and simulation exercises. All reading materials, video lectures and simulation exercises will be provided as part of the course materials.

Do I have to invest in additional software or hardware to participate in the Program?

To effectively participate in the Program, participants must have access to a computer, tablet or smart phone with a reliable internet connection.  They should also have speakers, a microphone and video camera connected to the device.  Virtually all new laptops and tablets have these devices built in.  Otherwise, an external webcam can be plugged into your USB port.  Webcams range from US$20-$50.  "Links" are provided via email to access the virtual online classroom, as well as online course materials and lectures.  The online platform is intuitive, so even if you are minimally computer literate, you should be able to comfortably participate.  No additional hardware or software is necessary. 

What kind of certificate will I receive at the end of the Program?  How will I be evaluated?

A certificate is awarded by the Pace Law School IICL to participants that successfully complete the Program requirements.  Participants must participate in the simulation exercises and complete writing assignments distributed during the Program and receive a grade of average or higher in order to receive the certificate.  Participants should only register for the Program if they have sufficient English proficiency to participate in the class discussion and simulation exercises (participants will communicate orally and in writing).