Recognition

The Commercial Arbitration Program 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 programs

How to Apply

Online Application Form

Spring Session Starts:

Investment Arbitration:
February 13, 2017!

Deadline to register:
February 6 , 2017

Admission Requirements

Tuition per program: $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."

Technology

CLE Information:
13 CLE credit hours per program (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

Distance-Learning Program in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration

American University Washington College of Law (WCL) offers an unparalleled opportunity to pursue Distance-Learning Certificates in International and Investment Arbitration.

The Investment Arbitration Program is also offered in Spanish. Both programs are offered two times per year: Fall Session (begins in September) and Spring Session (begins in January). Please click here for more information. The Center is also developing a new Spanish Program on International Commercial Arbitration which will be available in September.

Length of the Programs - Dedication

Each program has a 16-week duration. Participants must be self-motivated and able to dedicate approximately 7 to 10 hours a week to watch video-lectures and work on quizzes, problems, and readings. Students may access the lectures according to their schedule, and will be able to access a Professor when needed. While the program is self-paced, weekly advances and participation are expected.

Commercial Arbitration Program

The Program on International Commercial Arbitration focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to handle international commercial arbitral cases either as counsel or arbitrator, both from the substantive and procedural law standpoint.

The program explores different issues arising in the conduct of international arbitrations and the making and enforcement of arbitral awards by focusing on arbitration awards, court decisions in the area of arbitration, the interaction between national courts and international arbitral tribunals, national arbitration statutes, international arbitration treaties and the arbitral rules of leading international arbitration institutions.

Participants 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.

The Program is Directed by Professor Horacio A. Grigera Naón

Click here to see syllabus.

Click here to see Faculty

 


Investment Arbitration Program

The Program on International Investment Arbitration focuses on the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to handle international investment arbitral cases either as counsel or arbitrator, both from the substantive and procedural law standpoint.

They syllabus is designed to explore the salient issues arising in the conduct of investment arbitrations, from the notice of arbitration to the enforcement of investment arbitral awards. The program will guide participants through the complex interactions between arbitral awards, national court decisions, national legislation, international arbitration treaties and the arbitral rules of leading international arbitration institutions relevant in this field, such as the ICSID Arbitration Rules.

The Program is directed by Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Click here to access the syllabus of the Investment Arbitration Program

Click here to see the Program Faculty

Unique Online Certificates Programs

The distance-learning Certificate Programs provide 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 programs 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.

Optional traditional face-to-face "seat time"

Registration in the programs (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 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 and investment arbitration. The programs 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 programs are 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.

What Makes these Programs Different?

The programs 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 program is $2,475.00. Tuition for both programs is $4,950.00; Non-refundable registration fee for one or both programs: $65.

Registration

Please click here to register

Certificate

To receive a Certificate, students must take and pass an exam for each program (48-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 exams from the programs platforms.

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