Recognition

The Commercial Arbitration Certificate course is recognized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as equivalent to the module “Introduction to International Arbitration.” This exemption will allow participants to apply for Associate membership with CIArb.


Accreditation for all states
will be applied for as requested for both courses

How to Apply

Online Application Form

Spring Session Starts:

Commercial Arbitration:

January 23, 2017!

Deadline to register:
January 17, 2017

Investment Arbitration:
February 13, 2017!

Deadline to register:
February 6 , 2017

Admission Requirements

Tuition per course: $2,475.00

This fee covers the cost of materials and the option of auditing 2 summer courses during our Arbitration Summer Program (May 29 – 15, 2017, Washington D.C.). This would allow you to meet the Professors and complement online learning with traditional face-to-face "seat time."

Program Faculty

Technology

CLE Information:
13 CLE credit hours per course (based on a 60 minute per hour state)
15 CLE credit hours (based on a 50 minute per hour state)

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information:

Center on International Commercial Arbitration
American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Susana Castiglione,
Assistant Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration
Phone: 202-274-4321
Email: arbitration@wcl.american.edu

Online Certificate Program

Distance-Learning Program in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
Ver Programa online en Español

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue a Distance-Learning Certificate in International Arbitration, with courses on international commercial arbitration and in investment arbitration. This Distance-Learning Program is organized by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration at WCL and it is directed by Professor Horacio A. Grigera Naón, independent international arbitrator and former secretary general of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The Investment Arbitration Course is also offered in Spanish. Please click here for more information. The Center is also developing a new Spanish course on International Commercial Arbitration which will be available in September.

A Unique Online Certificate Program

This distance-learning Certificate Program provides participants with the flexibility to earn a certificate in International Arbitration from a world-renowned educational institution in Washington, D.C. while maintaining their day-to-day commitments.

The distance-learning courses make use of the flexibility of online communication technology to prepare participants with the foundational knowledge and skills to succeed in the complex and ever-changing field of international arbitration. With a focus on theory as well as practical skills training, the curriculum explores a range of topics spinning the whole spectrum from the consent to arbitration to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Participants in the Program will learn:

  • Negotiation skills for agreeing on efficient arbitration clauses;
  • Legal writing skills for successful claims, responses, and other relevant pleadings;
  • Strategies to succeed in arbitration proceedings, including hearings;
  • Comparative legal approach to the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Optional traditional face-to-face "seat time"

Registration in the whole program, or in one of the two courses (commercial or investment arbitration), has the added benefit of having the option of auditing 2 summer courses during the Arbitration Summer Program (May 29 – June 15, 2017, Washington D.C.). This will allow participants to meet the Professors and complement online learning with traditional face-to-face "seat time.”

Who Should Apply?

This graduate Certificate Program is geared to recent graduates and mid career professionals eager to acquire working knowledge of the legal principles and practical implications of International Commercial Arbitration and International Investment Arbitration. The courses of this program are also a good way to update knowledge for attorneys who have had some exposure to arbitration, and who want to follow up to the latest developments in this quickly changing field.

The Program is further open to other specialists without a legal qualification. Sometimes, economy and development professionals, political scientists, and others may be interested in learning more about international arbitration. The course on investment arbitration may be particularly interesting to public officials of governments against which investment claims have been filed.

Syllabi

Please click here to see the syllabus of the Commercial Arbitration Course.

Click here to access the syllabus of the Investment Arbitration Course

What Makes this program Different?

This program provides participants with the flexibility to earn a certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration from a world-renowned educational institution in Washington, D.C. while maintaining their day-to-day commitments.

Admission Requirements

Please click here to see admission requirements

Tuition

Tuition per course is $2,475.00. Tuition for both courses is $4,950.00; Non-refundable registration fee for one or both courses: $65.

Registration

Please click here to register

Certificate

To receive a Certificate of Completion or Diploma, students must take and pass an exam for each course (24-hour take-home). A Certificate of Attendance will be presented to students who do not wish to take the exams. Participants will have a period of approximately 2 weeks to decide when to download the exam from the courses platforms.

Length of the Program

The Program has a 16-week duration. During these 16 weeks, participants can either take the two courses on international commercial and investment arbitration, or only either one of them.

Distance-Learning with State-of-the-Art Technology:

We offer participants in the distance-learning Program an education with the most advanced learning technologies. These technologies provide:

  • An extraordinary learning environment that blends asynchronous and synchronous tools.
  • Self-paced coursework produced by AUWCL faculty and world-class practitioners.
  • AUWCL faculty, available one-on-one through virtual technologies.
  • A collaborative online community that uses familiar social networking, group, and organizational tools