Queen Mary, University of London

Professional Courses and Training

Professional training courses and other activities

Summer schools

The School of International Arbitration hosts a summer programme organised by the Dispute Resolution Institute of Hamline University School of Law. This is an ABA accredited certificate programme in Global Arbitration Law and Practice: National and Transborder Perspectives. The summer school is a joint venture of Hamline with Thomas E. Carbonneau, the Samuel P. Orlando Professor of Law at The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in cooperation with the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary, University of London.

The six-credit programme begins with a foundation course covering the salient aspects of US arbitration law as it relates to domestic and international disputes. Building on the foundation experience, three advanced courses on international commercial arbitration give students the opportunity to apply basic principles in specialty areas. All students also complete a capstone arbitration advocacy course, which uses an interactive workshop format to examine advocacy challenges and opportunities unique to the arbitral process.

Bringing together a diverse group of law students and young lawyers from the US, Europe, and India, the programme provides a systematic and comprehensive exposure to international commercial arbitration. It allows students to expand their remedial and ADR horizons beyond the framework of structured negotiations or the limitations of national law and court procedure.

Executive courses

We offer a number of tailor made and general professional courses. We are prepared to discuss the needs of professional associations so that we can create a specialist professional course, typically based on case studies and learning by doing.


Written and Oral Advocacy

In a joint venture with the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), the School offers every two years an Arbitration Certificate Course focusing on Written and Oral Advocacy.

The course is held in Cairo and attracts practitioners from the wider area of Middle East, and its objective is to make participants familiar with the key advocacy skills required to advocate for clients engaging in international commerce.

To achieve this aim, the course is based on case studies where each participant is required to take part in a mock arbitration session, where he/she will have to submit a brief memorandum and plead orally before a three-panel tribunal, consisting of experienced practitioners and arbitrators.

This programme has also been offered in a shorter version to lawyers in Poland and elsewhere.


Award Writing

The School organises twice a year residential weekend seminars on Award Writing. The focus of these seminars is on drafting techniques and issues in relation to the form and substance of an arbitral award. Participants are exposed to the theory related to drafting of awards but they are also required to draft an award in an ad hoc or institutional arbitration. The Award Writing Programme fulfils the international award writing requirements of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


Training courses

The School is often invited to provide tailor-made training courses on arbitration. These include:

  • Training courses organised for a delegation of the Russian Federation High Arbitrazh Court sponsored by the World Bank
  • Training course for judges from Lebanon, sponsored by the British Council
  • Seminars organised for a delegation from CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission), CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade).
  • Training course in arbitration organised for the Ministry of Commerce in Cambodia
  • Training course in Chile organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Arbitration training course organized by Ius et Lex in Poland
  • Advanced Arbitration Training courses for the lawyers of the Danish and Norwegian Bar Associations.

Special training programmes have also been offered for chambers of commerce or business associations as well as lawyers associations with an interest in arbitration and/or mediation.