Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution (GCIADR) is aimed at graduates with a law degree, who are seeking to upgrade their skills and knowledge as in-house counsel, lawyers, arbitrators and legal service officers engaged in the practice of arbitration and dispute resolution.

This programme offers a wide selection of regular and intensive modules taught in Singapore by our own faculty members as well as visiting professors, who are top arbitrators and academics from around the world. It is conducted on a part-time basis and legal professionals have the flexibility to read a minimum of one 4½-day super-intensive, one 3-week intensive module or one regular 13-week module at 4 or 5 modular credits (MC) per semester.

Candidates who have not read and passed a general module in arbitration at NUS or its equivalent in a common law jurisdiction are required to read International Commercial Arbitration as the first course they take in the GCIADR. Candidates who have read and passed this module at NUS or their equivalent in a common law jurisdiction may apply for exemption. Candidates who can show that they have practised for a number of years in the field of International Commercial Arbitration and that they have sufficient knowledge of International Commercial Arbitration may also apply for exemption.


Admission Requirements

Candidates will be admitted based on the following admission requirements:

» A good Bachelor’s degree in Law or its equivalent (eg. Juris Doctor)
» Minimum TOEFL iBT 100 / TOEFL paper-based score of 600-603 / IELTS 7.0, if Law degree was not in English.


Duration & Graduation Criteria

Candidates must pass all modules and successfully obtain a total of 12 to 14 modular credits (MCs) (generally 3 modules) within a maximum period of 36 months of their candidature in order to be awarded the GCIADR.


Modes of Instruction & Course Duration

A semester-long module is a 36-hour, 5 modular credits course taught once a week over the course of 13 weeks from August to November (Semester One) and from January to April (Semester Two). In addition, some courses may have an examination some time after the 13th week. The time and date of the exam will be made known at the time of course selection.

An intensive module is a 27-hour, 4 modular credits course taught intensively over 3 weeks and scheduled as follows:

Day Time
Monday 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday 2:30pm - 5:30pm

The following are the periods when intensive modules are conducted in the Faculty:

Semester Weeks Weeks
Semester One Week 1 to 3 (August) Week 4 to 6 (September)
Semester Two Week 1 to 3 (January) Week 4 to 6 (February)

A super-intensive module is an 18-hour, 2.5 modular credit course taught intensively over 4½ days during the mid-semester recess week (Semester One - 21 to 27 Sep 2020 and Semester Two – 22 to 28 Feb 2021).

The examination and assessment of student performances in the programme will be conducted through various assessment modes such as class participation, assignments, research papers, take-home examinations and final examinations as stated in each module description. Students are encouraged to review the examination and assessment details for each module before opting for it.


List of Modules

The following modules are offered in AY2021-22:

Semester One

Compulsory
Course Description This course aims to equip students with the basic understanding of the law of arbitration to enable them to advise and represent parties in the arbitral process confidence. Legal concepts peculiar to arbitration viz. separability, arbitrability and kompetenz-kompetenz will be considered together with the procedural laws on the conduct of the arbitral process, the making and the enforcement of awards. Students will examine the UNCITRAL Model Law and the New York Convention, 1958. This course is most suited for students with some knowledge of the law of commercial transactions, shipping, banking, international sale of goods or construction. 
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Gary Bell
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates 10.00am - 2.00pm
Saturday, 7 August [10.00am to 12.00pm & 1.00pm to 3.00pm];
14 August; [9.00am to 1.30pm with 45mins lunch break]
21 August & 28 August [10.00am to 2.30pm with 45min lunch break]
Course Duration Weekly: Week 1 - 5, Tuesday
Saturday [7 August; 14 August & 21 August]
Modes of Assessment Two Short Written Assignment 10% each - 20%;
Class Participation - 10% &
3-Hr Take Home Exam - 70% [Release: Monday, 9 November 2020 (3.00pm);
Due: Monday, 9 November 2020 (6.00pm)
Preclusion(s) Not open to LLM (IBL) students who will be reading this module in Semester 2 at ECUPL (Shanghai)
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points


Electives
Course Description China’s expanding influence has been accompanied by a maturing of its legal framework for arbitration, as well as an increasingly active role in investor-state dispute settlement. This course undertakes a detailed examination of all facets of commercial arbitration in China, set within the context of China’s transformational economic rise. It also explores salient issues that arise in commercial and investor-state arbitrations involving Chinese parties or China. Attention will be drawn to the import and impact of recent developments, including the South China Sea and the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as China’s relationship with India, ASEAN and the US.
Course Convenor(s) Jonathan Lim (Visiting Snr Fellow)
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Fridays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 13 August to 12 November 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%,
Short paper - 20% &
Take-home exam - 70%
Preclusion(s) LL4458V/LL5458V/LL6458V/LLJ5458V China International Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description The New York Convention of 1958 on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards provides for the international enforcement of arbitral awards. Considered as the most successful international convention in international private law, the Convention now has 164 Contracting States and more than 2,500 court decisions interpreting and applying the Convention (as of June 2020). The course will analyze and compare the most important of those decisions. It will offer a unique insight in treaty design, statutory enactments, varying court approaches, and the practice of international arbitration. The course materials will be made available at www.newyorkconvention.org.
Course Convenor(s) Professor Albert Jan van den Berg
Modular Credits 2.5
Class Dates Saturday, 16 September: (9.00am to 1.00pm);
Monday, 20 September: (9.00am to 2.00pm)
Tuesday, 25 September: (9.00am to 2.00pm)
Wednesday, 22 September: (9.00am to 1.00pm)
Course Duration 16 September to 22 September 2021
Modes of Assessment Research Paper - 100%, Due: Thursday, 29 October 2020 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 18 points
Course Description What types of situations give rise to disputes in the international arena and how are these disputes settled? This course provides an overview of the various types of disputes and settlement mechanisms available for the resolution of international disputes - State to State, Individual/Investor to State and between international non-State entities. The course will explore the law pertaining to dispute settlement before the ICJ, WTO and ITLOS as well as international arbitration - both Investor to State Arbitration and Commercial Arbitration. The course will compare these different processes on issues such as jurisdiction, provisional remedies, equal treatment, evidence and enforcement.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Course Duration 10 August to 9 November 2021 (Online & Face to Face Classes)
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; 4-Hr Take Home Exam - 80%
Preclusion(s) LL4325/LL5325/LL6325;LL4325V/LL5325V/LL6325V - The Int'l Litigation & Procedure of State Disputes
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course focuses on the nature of risks to foreign investment and the elimination of those risks through legal means. As a prelude, it discusses the different economic theories on foreign investment, the formation of foreign investment contracts and the methods of eliminating potential risks through contractual provisions. It then examines the different types of interferences with foreign investment and looks at the nature of the treaty protection available against such interference. It concludes by examining the different methods of dispute settlement available in the area. The techniques of arbitration of investment disputes available are fully explored.
Course Convenor(s) Emeritus Professor M Sornarajah
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm) 
Course Duration 30 August to 17 September 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10% &
6-hr Take Home Exam - 90% [Release: Friday, 23 October 2020 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 23 October 2020 (9.00pm)]
Preclusion(s) LL4178/LL5178/LL6178/LL4178V/LL5178V/LL6178V International Legal Protection of Investment Flows; LL4032V/LL5032V/LL6032V International Investment Law;
International Investment Law and Arbitration [Module code: LW.12001];
International Investment [Module code: LW.12137] under the NYU@NUS Summer Session.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description The course seeks to introduce participants to the role and function of arbitral institutions in the practice of international arbitration, and to the complex issues that arbitral institutions face in the administration of arbitrations, including, amongst others, appointment of arbitrators, issuance of arbitral rules and practice notes, and guiding and shaping the development of international arbitration. The course will be taught by visiting lecturers from the Board of Directors, Court of Arbitration and Secretariat of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).
Course Convenor(s) Mr Gary Born
Modular Credits 2.5
Class Dates Thursday, 23 September (2.00pm to 5.00pm) & (6.00pm to 9.00pm);
Friday, 24 September (2.00 to 5.00pm);
Saturday, 25 September (9.00am to 12.00pm) & (2.00pm to 5.00pm);
Sunday, 26 September, (9.00am to 12.00pm)
Course Duration 23 September to 26 September 2021
Modes of Assessment Research Paper (3000 words) - 100%
(subject to changes)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent. At least one prior course in international arbitration.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 18 points
Course Description Sports  Law  is  a  very  broad  field,  encompassing  several areas  of  law  unique  to  the  sporting  industry,  as  well  as several traditional areas of law applied to the field of sport.This course will focus on the existing and evolving private and  public  international  sports  law  systems,  (where appropriate) the national sports law of several jurisdictions (including  Australia,  USA,  UK  and  to  a  lesser  extent, Singapore)  and  provide  avenues  of  multi-jurisdictional comparative analysis. The social, political, commercial and economic  influences  on  the  development,  content  and structure of sports law globally will also be explored.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Senior Fellow Paul Anthony Czarnota
Modular Credits 4
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
*Make-up class for Monday 9 August will be held on Saturday, 14 August, (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 9 August - 27 August 2021
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam (4000 - 5000 words) - 100%
Preclusion(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V Sports Law
Prerequisite(s) LL4328V/LL5328V/LL6328V/LLJ5328V Sports Law & Arbitration
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description The phenomenon of globalization over the last 50 years has been fuelled not just by technological innovation but also legal innovation. However, in 2016, the vote for Brexit in the UK and the election of Mr Donald Trump as the US President, has challenged the movement towards economic integration. Indeed, one of President Trump's first Executive Orders was to cancel the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) that the previous Obama Administration had worked on for 5 years. It is thus, even more important than ever before to understand and appreciate the existing rules so as to promote the rule of law in what may be an increasingly protectionist environment.

The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and its successor institution, the World Trade Organization (WTO) have attempted to create a system where the rules for the trade in goods and services are clearer and fairer. The legal innovations found in the GATT and subsequent WTO Agreements have also influenced Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) like the TPP and even International Investment Agreements (IIAs).

Fundamental to the WTO disciplines is the principle of non-discrimination. The problem often is, however, what constitutes discrimination, whether such discrimination can be justified and whether non-economic factors such as health and the environment or other public policy considerations can modify the rules. This tension in World Trade Law is a theme in both the disciplines for trade in goods and services as well as the agreements on standards like the TBT and SPS as well as even the trade remedies rules such as Safeguards, Subsidies and Anti-Dumping. 
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Michael Ewing-Chow
Modular Credits 8
Class Dates Tuesdays & Thursdays : 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 10 August to 9 November 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; 
Written Assignment - 10% & 
6-Hr Take Home Exam: 80%
Preclusion(s) Not opened to student who have taken or are taking
(1) World Trade Law (4MC) [LL4060/LL5060/LL6060];
(2) World Trade Law I [LL4199A/LL5199A/LL6199A];
(3) World Trade Law II [LL4199B/LL5199B/LL6199B]
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 72 points


* Non SSG Funded Module – full module fee of S$5,778 is applicable for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents


Module Fees

Categories Fee Per Module
Non-citizen SGD 5,778.00
Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents SGD 1,733.40
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above SGD 653.40
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs SGD 653.40

The following are the module fees for 2.5 MC super-intensive module is half the fee of a 4-MC or 5-MC module. A 8 MC module cost twice the fee of a 4-MC or 5-MC module.
 
The total programme fee for 3 modules (assuming student passes all 3 modules and obtains the required modular credits for graduation) is between SGD17,334.00 to SGD1,960.20 (inclusive of 7% GST), depending on the funding eligibility of applicant and selected modules.
 
A Student Services Fee of SGD25.23 (inclusive of 7% GST) is also applicable each semester.

Once enrolled in the programme, students will be billed for the module(s) and the student services fees. Payment is due before the start of each Semester.


Funding Support

The subsidized fees listed for Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents are supported by SkillsFuture Funding.
 
Do note that not all modules are eligible for SSG funding. Applicants are strongly advised to check the module fee prior to selecting their modules in the Online Application Portal.

The GCIADR Programme is also eligible for SkillsFuture Credit Claim.


Application

The following are the two application periods for the respective semesters:

Intake Period Application Period
AY2020/21 Semester One (commencing Aug/Sep) 28 April to 31 May 2021
AY2020/21 Semester Two (commencing Jan/Feb) 1 to 31 October 2021

* To be admitted in this semester, applicants must have already read International Commercial Arbitration and have obtained an exemption for the compulsory module.

This 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 personal statement on why you wish to enrol in this programme, the nature of your work and such other information that you would like us to consider (not more than 1 page)
» Curriculum Vitae
» Scanned copy of NRIC/FIN/Passport (for foreigner)
» Scanned copy of your LLB Degree Certificate (or other first law degree)
» Scanned copies of your LLB Transcripts (or other first law degree)
» Any other supporting documents (e.g. TOEFL/IELTS results), 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 their English translation.

You will need to register for an account in the NUS Online Application Portal after selecting “Executive / Graduate Certificate (GC) Programmes”.


Click HERE to apply.



Application Deadline

31 May 2021, Monday


Frequently Asked Questions

Click HERE to view the FAQs relating to this programme.


Programme Flyer

Click HERE to download programme flyer.


SILE-CPD Points

Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For participants attending the face-to-face activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. For those participating via the webinar, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from each day of a module for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for that day of the module.

Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

Public CPD Points : Up to 72 points for 8 Modular Credits (Semester Course)
Up to 36 points for 5 Modular Credits (Semester Course)
Up to 27 points for 4 Modular Credits (Intensive Course)
Up to 18 points for 2.5 Modular Credits (Super Intensive Course)
Practice Area Code : Alternative Dispute Resolution
Training Level: : Intermediate



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