Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration

Course Overview

The increasing use of arbitration and other dispute resolution mechanisms means that more professionals will be called upon to act as arbitrators. Conducting arbitration properly necessarily assumes that the arbitrator understands the law supporting the process, the procedures that should be followed, and the powers that may be exercised. While many lawyers are familiar with court procedures and the judicial process, fewer are familiar with the arbitral process. Non-lawyers have an even greater challenge when hearing disputes where parties are represented by lawyers in the arbitration. This course is designed for both lawyers and non-lawyers who wish to be involved in the practice of arbitration as arbitrators. Students will be taught the basics of the law of contract, tort and evidence, the law and practice of arbitration, and will receive training in drafting directions, orders and the arbitral award. On successful completion of the course, candidates will be awarded the Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration. They will then be qualified for direct admission as Fellows of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb). In addition, such candidates will, upon satisfying the age and other requirements and on completing the prescribed Peer Interview, be considered for admission as Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).


Modes of Instruction & Course Duration

Instruction will be through a combination of weekly lectures or seminars (usually held on Wednesday evenings or on Saturdays), together with a final practicum. This course will be conducted over a university semester. Teaching will commence in the second week of January and will conclude within May 2022.

The Course Director is Adjunct Professor Neale R Gregson, Chartered Arbitrator.


The CTE Module will be assessed through a written examination.

The ALP Module will be assessed through class performance, drafting exercises, and a written examination.

The DAW Module will be assessed through class performance, drafting exercises, and a final award writing examination.


Please click here for the tentative Course & Exam Timetable.

Admission Requirements

Candidates with a good Bachelor's Degree from a recognised University are invited to apply for this course.

Course Fees

The course fee payable is SGD9,844.00 (inclusive of 7% GST).

SkillsFuture Credit Claimable

GCIA is a SkillsFuture Credit-eligible Programme. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to offset part of the course fee for this programme. Applicants who wish to use the SkillsFuture Credit may refer to for more details.

Class Size

Intake is strictly limited to 30 students.

Application Form

The online application will take you approximately 15 mins to complete. Before you start, you should have details of your academic qualifications and employment and the PDF version of the following required documents at hand:

» A one-page resume detailing your academic qualifications, employment history & professional training or membership.
» Scanned copies of all your Bachelor/ Post-graduate Degree Certificates (with a certified English translation if the original is not in English)
» Scanned copies of all your Bachelor/ Post-graduate Degree Transcripts (with a certified English translation if the original is not in English)
» Digital Passport-sized Photo
» Scanned copy of NRIC (both sides) / Passport/ Documentary Proof of Permanent Resident Status;
» SkillsFuture Credit Balance, if applicable

Any omission of supporting documents or information required in the Online Application Form will render the application void. All supporting documents, if not in English, must be accompanied by copies of the English translated version.

Follow the steps below to apply:

1. Go to the NUS Online Application Portal
2. Identify yourself as “Member of the Public”
3. Select “Short Course/ Modular Course” and “Applying for Myself”
4. Click on “Browse Academic Modules/ Short Course”
5. Select “Short Course”
6. Type “Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration”
7. Add the course to the Shopping Cart
8. Check out and register an account in the NUS Online Application Portal
9. After submitting your online application, please proceed to download the referee report and follow the instructions below to complete your application

Application will begin on 1 October 2021.

Click HERE to apply.

Referee Report

To complete your application for the programme, please click here to download a copy of the Referee Report Template Form for your onward forwarding to your referee.

Your referee should forward the completed report in a sealed envelope with his/her signature across the sealed flap of the envelope to the following address by Friday, 5 November 2021:
Attn: Cephas
Faculty of Law
National University of Singapore
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776

Closing date for application

Friday, 5 November 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

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Programme Flyer

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Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes having their attendance recorded in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from each day of the module for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy for any particular day of the module will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day of the module.

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Public CPD Points : 37 points (Module 1: Contract, Tort & Evidence)
51 points (Module 2: Arbitration Law & Practice)
32 points (Module 3: Drafting & Award Writing)
Practice Area Code : Others/Multi-disciplinary
Training Level: : Intermediate