School of Law

International Arbitration Award Writing - Award Writing Exam

3 September 2012 - 3 October 2012

Time: 10:00am - 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.

The AWE runs twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. We also offer a preparation workshop in Spring which can be attended regardless of when the exam is taken. LLM Students are strongly advised not to take the October Award Writing Exam at the beginning of their studies. We would therefore advise that you register for the Summer session which will be advertised in due course.

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.

On 3 September students will be sent a reading list as well as a set of reading materials focusing on arbitration awards, their characteristics, functions and drafting.

On 18 September students will be given the first set of materials relating to 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 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.

Read more about the International Award Writing module.

2012 timetable

Monday 3 September 2012 Reading lists and set of reading materials will be emailed.
Tuesday 18 September 2012 First part of award writing exam will be emailed at 10am.
Tuesday 2 October 2012 Second part of award writing exam will be emailed at 10am.
Wednesday 3 October 2012 Final awards to be returned for marking to
Friday 30 November 2012 First and second marking completed.
  • Assessment will be by a written report (i.e. a Final Arbitral Award)
  • The pass mark is 70 per cent (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.

Please note: LLM Students due to join the LLM programme in September 2012 should enrol on the Summer 2013 International Arbitration Award Writing Exam. More information on that session will be made available on the website in 2013.

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.