School of Law

International Arbitration Award Writing - Award Writing Exam

31 May 2012 - 24 July 2012

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

The International Arbitration Award Writing module provides the requisite knowledge of and practice in all the requirement of writing a final, reasoned and enforceable Award in an international commercial dispute. At the successful completion of this module (and the diploma), candidates will be eligible to progress onto the Peer Interview in order to become a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

On successful completion of this module candidates will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding in depth what is involved in writing an enforceable Award, including:

  • distilling issues from submissions and ordering them;
  • dealing with all the matters of claim;
  • deciding all matters in dispute fairly;
  • allocating costs appropriately;
  • demonstrating an intelligent and intelligible use of language, grammatically correct; and
  • completing all the legal and other requirements for enforceability.

The module also provides an excellent opportunity for students to revise questions relating to arbitration awards, their legal regulation and their effect. Five weeks before the optional seminar students will be sent a reading list as well as a set of reading materials focusing on arbitration awards, their characteristics, functions and drafting. It will consist of one full day of teaching and learning by way of a seminar (typically a Friday).

At the optional seminar students will be given the first set of materials relating to an arbitration cases; these will normally cover all information but the hearing. Candidates will be required to start working on the awards by drafting summary of facts, summary of parties’ positions, claims, etc. Two weeks after the optional seminar students will be sent a second set of materials (typically the information relating to the hearing) and they will have twenty-four (24) hours to complete their award. Awards should be no less than 5,000 words and presented in a format that it is suitable for international arbitration award. Relevant instructions will be conveyed by the way of reading and the seminar.

Read more about the International Award Writing module.

If you are unable to attend the seminar documents can be emailed to students.

2012 timetable

31 May 2012 Reading lists and set of reading materials will be emailed
6 July 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Optional seminar plus lunch
  • First part of award writing exam will be emailed at 10am
23 July Second part of award writing exam will be emailed at 10am
24 July Final awards to be returned
  • Assessment will be by a written report (i.e. a Final Arbitral Award)
  • The pass mark is 70% (as required by the CIArb)
  • Minimum 5000 words
  • Minimum enrolment: Five students; course may be taken by LLM, Diploma, Distance Learning students or practising lawyers

Who can apply?

It is compulsory for students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma International Dispute Resolution or Postgraduate Diploma International Commercial Arbitration (Distance Learning) at Queen Mary, University of London. It is also open to LLM students at Queen Mary as well as outside participants.

How to Book

External applicants and Queen Mary LLM students should book online via the Queen Mary e-shop. Current QM Diploma students do not need to book as attendance is included in their programme.