This course deals in depth with the full range of mechanisms available for international commercial dispute management. The principal focus is on the process of international commercial arbitration, which is one of the major growth areas of legal practice and possibly the most widely used dispute resolution method in international business.

This course is concerned with an international process. We will analyse: the basic concepts in international commercial arbitration and consider how it has developed into the coherent system of choice to resolve disputes in cross border transactions; the nature and history of the major international instruments governing international arbitration are explained; and the legal environment of an international commercial arbitration and the resulting award is considered.

We will address the practice and procedure of an international arbitration from the viewpoint both of legal representatives of the parties and of the members of an arbitral tribunal from the time of the dispute up to the making of the award. The course also includes a brief comparative introduction to investment treaty arbitration and an explanation of the issues involved in drafting an international arbitration agreement.

Dispute Resolution
4 days
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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Topics covered

  • advantages and disadvantages of international commercial arbitration
  • how the 'system' of international commercial arbitration has developed
  • commencement of the process
  • the hearing
  • the award
  • challenging and enforcing the award
  • drafting an effective clause in a commercial contract

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.