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 Two

Electives
Course Description Over the last few decades, international arbitration activity has dramatically increased along with the widespread expansion in international trade, cross-border commerce and foreign investment. International arbitration is by now widely regarded as the preferred mode of resolving transnational disputes between individuals, corporations, and States. The enduring popularity of international arbitration is in large part due to its advantages over traditional litigation as a private, flexible process of adjudication that results in a final, binding and enforceable award under the New York Convention.

This intensive course will expose students to contemporary trends and controversies in international arbitration. It will cover both commercial and investment arbitration, focusing on topics of recent practical and academic discussion. The course is designed for students and practitioners who are already acquainted with the fundamentals of international arbitration, and may also be useful for those who are inclined towards specializing in international arbitration practice. An international and comparative approach will be adopted and students can expect to review a substantial amount of comparative law sources, including academic commentaries and jurisprudence from China, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as public international law sources.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Gary Born
Visiting Senior Fellow Jonathan Lim
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 for 31 January & 2 February on Saturday, 5 February & Saturday, 12 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 31 January to 18 February 2022
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 100%; Release: Friday, 25 March 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 25 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4299V/LL5299V/LL6299V Advanced Issues in the Law & Practice of Int'l Arbitration.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description As reflected in the title, this is an advanced practice-oriented course designed to build on students' basic knowledge of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Using factual scenarios, students will take part in strategy, drafting and advocacy exercises. The emphasis will be on primary materials: statutes, institution rules, treaties, case law, commentary and "soft law" instruments. To maximize the benefit of the exercises, the focus will be on SIAC practice on the commercial side, and on ICSID practice on the investment treaty side. There will be comparative coverage of other commercial and treaty arbitration options, including the ICC and UNCITRAL.

The course will introduce students to the strategic decisions, practice skills, analytical tools and ethics considerations that underlie key phases of an international arbitration. These phases, common to commercial and investment treaty arbitration (with necessary variation), include: arbitration clause drafting; commencing arbitration with the Notice of Arbitration/Request for Arbitration; emergency arbitration; tribunal constitution, in particular arbitrator selection; the Preliminary Meeting/First Session, and related Procedural Orders and Timetables; interim/provisional measures applications; written submissions, with witness statements; evidentiary hearings; drafting decisions/awards (as arbitrator); and, finally, proceedings to enforce, set-aside or annul the award.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Professor Romesh Weeramantry (CIL)
Adjunct Associate Professor Benjamin Hughes
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays: 3.00pm to 6.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 25%; 6 Written Assignments (1000 - 2000 words); will be assigned a week before the due dates; dates for the written assignments are subject to change. - 75%
Preclusion(s) LL4338/LL5338/LL6338 Advanced Practicum in International Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
LL4029/LL5029/LC5262/LL6029; LL4029V/LL5029V/LC5262V/LL6029V International Commercial Arbitration; OR LL4285/LL5285/LC5285/LL6285; LL4285V/LL5285V/LC5285V/LL6285V International Dispute Settlement; OR their equivalent at another university
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course considers the way that international adjudicators approach fact-finding and factual determinations. The course analyses essential policy questions as to the way legal systems should deal with evidence; considers comparative law perspectives; and aims to integrate these perspectives with practical consideration of the way documents and witnesses are dealt with in international arbitration.

There is no greater divergence between legal families than that pertaining to the treatment of evidence. For international adjudication to meet the needs of participants from all legal families, a proper understanding of comparative approaches and the degree of convergence, is essential to arbitrators and practitioners.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Jeffrey Waincymer
Modular Credits
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 28 January 2022
Modes of Assessment 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 100% ;Release: Friday, 25 March 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Friday, 25 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4299V/LL5299V/LL6299V Advanced Issues in the Law & Practice of Int'l Arbitration.
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description The course will cover the following issues:
Who are the parties to the contract(s) or to the arbitration clause(s) contained therein? The theories applied by courts and arbitral tribunals.
The extension of the arbitration clause to non-signatories: individuals, states or other companies of the group.
The possibility of bringing together in one single proceeding all the parties who have participated in the performance of one economic transaction through interrelated contracts.
Joinder of parties and joinder of claims: voluntary and compelled intervention of third parties, cross-claims and consolidation.
Appointment of arbitrators in multiparty arbitration cases.
Specific issues relating to the enforcement of an award in multiparty, multicontract cases.
The res judicata effect of an award rendered in a connected arbitration arising from the same project.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Bernard Hanotiau
Modular Credits 2.5
Class Dates Saturday, 19 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Sunday, 20 February (1.00pm to 5.00pm);
Monday, 21 February (1.00pm to 5.00pm);
Tuesday, 22 February (11.00am to 3.00pm);
Wednesday, 23 February (9.00am to 12.00pm)
Course Duration Saturday, 19 February to Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Modes of Assessment 6-hr Take-home Exam - 100%; Release: Wednesday, 30 March 2022 (3.00pm); Due: Wednesday, 30 March 2022 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 18 points
Course Description This course will focus in detail on the instances in which resort to conflict of laws is necessary in the international arbitration context. The objective of this course is to allow participants to realise on how many occasions both State courts and arbitrators will need to report a conflict of laws analysis despite the claim that conflict of laws issues are not relevant in the international commercial arbitration context. Participants will first be taught to identify what conflict of laws rules may apply and will then be given hypothetical cases and will be asked to critically examine whether a solution can be found that does not require a conflict of laws approach.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Franco Ferrari
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 11 January to 29 January 2021
Modes of Assessment Research Paper - 100%, Due: Friday, 5 March 2021 (9.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4295V/LL5295V/LL6295V Conflict of Laws in Int'l Commercial Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Curriculum or its equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This module will focus on the current challenges faced by investment arbitration at the global level. It will adopt a three-step approach.

Students will first acquire an in-depth understanding of the history and functioning of the existing system. On this basis, the different criticisms and reform proposals will be scrutinized. Finally, students will be invited to make their own informed assessment of the existing system, to discuss its evolution and debate possible improvements.

The module will be diversified, as it will address both legal and extra-legal issues. Seminars will be interactive and students will be encouraged to participate actively.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler
Modular Credits 2.5
Class Dates Wednesday, 23 February (2.00pm to 6.00pm);
Thursday, 24 February (9.00am to 2.00pm);
Friday, 25 February (9.00am to 2.00pm);
Saturday, 26 February, (9.00am to 1.00pm)
Course Duration 23 February to 26 February 2021
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; 6-hr Take-home Exam - 80%;
Release: Saturday, 2 April 2022 (1.00pm); Due: Saturday, 2 April 2022 (7.00pm)
Preclusion(s) NIL
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 18 points
Course Description This course introduces international arbitration's role in resolving energy disputes. Seminars will address both commercial and investment arbitration. The substantive content of national and international energy laws will be discussed together with the procedural specificities of energy disputes. The course will explore the political aspects of energy disputes, both domestic (resource sovereignty) and international (inter-state boundary disputes).

Participants will study the recent debates on the role of international arbitration vis-à-vis climate change and sustainable development.

The course incorporates practical exercises that will help participants interested in a career in international arbitration and public international law.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Associate Professor Matthew Secomb
Adjunct Assistant Professor P Aditya Singh
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Mondays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 10 January 2022 to 15 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Practical Exercise - 20%; 6-hr Take-Home Exam - 70%;
Release Monday, 11 April 2022 (9.00am); Due: Monday, 11 April 2022 (3.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4349/LL5349/LL6349 Energy Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description This course introduces students to the exciting world of intellectual property arbitration. Traditionally thought of and taught as distinct areas of law, the overlap between IP rights and recourse to arbitration for the protection of those rights has grown significantly in recent years. This pioneering course is not currently offered in any other leading law school in the world. It is designed for students with little to no knowledge of IP law. It is also designed for students with an interest in arbitration, regardless of the level of their pre-existing knowledge of arbitration.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Professor Mark Lim
Associate Professor Jean Ho
Adjunct Assistant Professor Gabriel Ong
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Assignment - 30% [Due date to be advised] & 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 60% Release: Tuesday, 12 April 2022 (9.00am); Due: Tuesday,12 April 2022 (3.00pm)
Preclusion(s) LL4438V/LL5438/LL6438 Intellectual Property Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or equivalent.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description International investment law is currently the most prominent, dynamic, and profiled branch of international law. The protection of foreign investment is multifaceted, and is governed by contract law and international law. This course covers the foundations of international investment law, as well as its transmission and entrenchment through arbitration. It equips students with the necessary and cutting-edge knowledge of a highly specialised field.
Course Convenor(s) Associate Professor Jean Ho
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Tuesdays: 9.00am to 12.00pm
Course Duration 11 January to 12 April 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 10%; Case Presentation - 40% (20% x 2, students have option of (i) giving a media presentation, OR (ii) writing & presenting a 1000 word comment on one of the key case/awards assigned for a given topic in a given week. Each student will give a total of 2 case presentations. Case presentation will take place every week, except in Weeks 1, 8 and 12; Research Paper (6000 words, excld footnotes) - 50%
[Due: Wed, 13 April 2022 (9am)]
Preclusion(s) LL4150/LL5150/LL6150 International Investment Law and Arbitration
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points
Course Description Rising dissatisfaction with the time, cost, lost opportunities, and political repercussions of international arbitration has increased interest in alternative methods to resolve State-State and investor-State disputes. International ADR knowledge is fast becoming a necessity for practitioners. This course introduces the student to the history and methods of consensual non-binding dispute resolution on the international law plane: primarily conciliation and mediation, with coverage also of good offices and fact-finding/inquiry. Overarching themes will be why State-level mediation and conciliation have been so rarely attempted and more rarely successful, and why the tide may now be turning, in part because of the successful Timor Leste-Australia boundary conciliation in 2018. The scope is international, with attention to Asia. The course is highly interactive, with exercises in every class, including small group discussions, debates and a mock mediation.
Course Convenor(s) Visiting Professor Lucy Reed
Modular Credits
Class Dates Mondays (6.30pm to 9.30pm); Wednesdays (6.30pm to 9.30pm) & Fridays (2.30pm to 5.30pm)
*Make-up for 31 January & 2 February on Saturday, 5 February & Saturday, 12 February (1.00pm to 4.00pm)
Course Duration 31 January to 18 February 2022
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20% & 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 80% [Release: Fri, 25 March 2022 (3pm); Due: Fri, 25 March 2022 (9pm)]
Preclusion(s) LL4313V/LL5313V/LL6313V Mediation/Conciliation of Inter-State & Investor-State Disputes
LL4325/LL5325/LL6325; LL4325V/LL5325V/LL6325V - The Int'l Litigation & Procedure of State Disputes
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. One prior course in international arbitration or public international law, or taken concurrently.
Skills Future Funded No
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 27 points
Course Description This course aims to set out the practical realities of dispute resolution in Asia and aims to make students step into the shoes of lawyers and understand how to tackle and strategize real disputes. The course covers topics related to jurisdiction, interim relief, defence and guerrilla tactics, issue estoppel, choice of remedies and dealing with a State in relation to investment treaty disputes to give students a real life understanding of the issues which arise in international disputes. In the context of the substantive issues, the students would also go through facets of the New York Convention and a comparative analysis of the laws of Singapore, England & Wales, India and Hong Kong.
Course Convenor(s) Adjunct Associate Professor Nakul Dewan
Adjunct Associate Professor Sheila Ahuja
Modular Credits 5
Class Dates Friday, 8.30am to 12.30pm, Saturday, 11 February 9.00am - 1.00pm (Week 1 to 8 only) (TBC)
Course Duration 14 January 2022 to 11 March 2022 (TBC)
Modes of Assessment Class Participation - 20%; Class-room exercises - 20% & Research Paper - 60%; Due, Friday, 22 April 2022 (9.00am)
Preclusion(s) LL4309/LL5309/LL6309 Strategies for Asian Disputes - A Comparative Analysis
Prerequisite(s) NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
Skills Future Funded Yes
SILE Public CPD Points Up to 36 points

+ Do note that SSG-funding is currently only eligible for modules taught in-person on campus.
* 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

SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) offers subsidies of 70% or 90% for eligible Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents.
 
The following are the conditions for eligibility to receive the SSG Grant:
1)     Claimable for modules delivered in-person on campus
2)     Students must record at least 75% attendance
3)     Students must pass all assessment components
4)     Claim must be made within the period from 1 Jul 2021 to 30 June 2024
 
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.

SkillsFuture Credit Claimable

SSG-funded modules are also eligible for SkillsFuture Credit claim. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to offset part of the module fee. Applicants who wish to use the SkillsFuture Credit may refer to https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/credit for more details.


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”.

Application will begin on 30 September 2021.

Click HERE to apply.


Application Deadline

31 October 2021, Sunday


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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