Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (LLMArbDR)

Programme Directors’ Welcome | Programme Aims | Professional Recognition | Programme Structure | Intermediate Postgraduate Diploma | FAQ | Goff Arbitration Lecture | Mooting | Admission Requirements | Scholarship | Tuition Fee | CEF | Course Description | Accommodation | Applications and Enquiries

Programme Directors’ Welcome

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to the Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (LLMArbDR) Programme at City University of Hong Kong School of Law. The programme was established in 1991 and, at that time, was the first Master’s degree programme in arbitration and dispute resolution in Asia. In 2011, it became the first and only programme recognized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators to offer Module 4 – Award Writing (LW6409B) in Hong Kong. Every year, we receive over 200 applications competing for one of 80 places in the programme. Over 200 students are currently enrolled in this popular programme, one which has acquired an outstanding reputation both within and outside of Hong Kong.

The programme offers a unique blend of academic and practical training in a broad range of dispute resolution methods, with emphasis on domestic and international arbitration, as well as on mediation, adjudication and negotiation. Many of our graduates have become leading experts in arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution. The programme inspires leadership in these areas and is taught by highly qualified and experienced professionals.

City University of Hong Kong strives for excellence in preparing students for professional practice and industry. To this end, the School of Law and the LLMArbDR Programme continue to collaborate with a number of leading ADR institutions, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIArb), the Hong Kong Mediation Council (HKMC) and Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL). All of these organisations play an active and pivotal role in supporting the programme, promoting arbitration and mediation services, and maintaining the standards of arbitrators and mediators in Hong Kong.

We look forward to assisting all of you in completing the programme successfully. We hope you enjoy the programme and wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.

Christopher To, David Holloway
LLMArbDR Programme Directors

 

Programme Aims

The programme aims to develop expertise in domestic and international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific Region; and to foster original research in arbitration and ADR.

More specifically, it aims to:

  1. provide legal and general knowledge of arbitration and other methods of resolving disputes, as well as practical skills in relation to the process, to professionals, executives and others with existing expertise in a broad range of professional, industrial and commercial activities;
  2. acquaint graduates with the various kinds of arbitration and dispute resolution, to enable them to participate effectively in all capacities: as a party, as advocate, as expert and as arbitrator and mediator. However, students are reminded that:
    1. not all graduates can expect to become arbitrators or mediators and the programme does not assure graduates of appointments, and
    2. it is not an objective of the programme to train barristers or to provide training in advocacy skills at a level equivalent to that required of a professional advocate.
  3. assist students to obtain relevant professional qualifications.

 

Professional Recognition

Upon completion of the LLMArbDR Programme and subject to fulfilling certain requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for Professional Recognition both within and outside of Hong Kong, including:

  1. Membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb);
  2. Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) (subject to completing peer interview as required by the CIArb);
  3. Associateship of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (AHKIArb)*;
  4. Fellowship of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb)**;
  5. Accredited General Mediator of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL) (subject to completing Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements as stipulated by the HKMAAL Mediation Accreditation Committee);
  6. CPD points awarded by the Law Society of Hong Kong.

*Associateship of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (AHKIArb) is subject to the following condition:
         (a) Attendance in the LLMArbDR Programme and a passing mark in the examination of LW6401 Dispute Resolution in Theory and Practice to qualify for exemption from the Entry Course Examination for Associateship of HKIArb

**Fellowship of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators(FHKIArb) is subject to the following conditions:
         (a) Attendance in the LLMArbDR Programme and a passing mark in the examination of LW6401 Dispute Resolution in Theory and Practice to qualify for exemption from the Entry Course Examination for Associateship of HKIArb; and

         (b) Successful completion of the LLMArbDR programme, including those who have obtained the intermediate Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution to qualify for exemption from all the academic requirements for Fellowship of HKIArb. Completion of conditions will confer eligibility for entry to the Fellowship course of HKIArb. Candidates will be exempt from taking the award writing part of the Fellowship course of HKIArb provided that such candidates have attended and passed the Award Writing Examination of the relevant and equivalent course in the LLMArbDR Programme.

 

Programme Structure

The programme is currently taught in the combined evening mode. Students can enrol in courses to a total between 3 and 18 credit units in different semesters (except the Summer Term) without seeking approval from the University. Non-local students who hold student visas should normally enrol at least 12 credit units in each semester (except the Summer Term), which is the minimum full-time credit unit load. The programme duration normally extends between one year (2 semesters plus 1 summer term) and two and a half years (5 semesters plus 1 summer term). Students who have qualified for certain exemptions may complete the programme in one to two years.

Classes are normally held on weekdays between 7:00 - 9:50 pm (10:50 pm if required), usually for 2-3 evenings per week. If students opt to take the fast-track evening curriculum, the weekday classes will be increased to 4-5 evenings per week. There may be some weekend classes.

Taught courses of the programme include Legal Concepts, Commercial Contracts, Procedure & Proof, Dispute Resolution in Theory & Practice, Mediation Practice, Arbitration Law, Arbitration Practice & Award Writing, and International Arbitration. Students with exemption are required to take an elective.

To obtain the Master’s degree, students are required to perform independent scholarly research and prepare a dissertation (i.e. LW6409A) or to pass the Advanced Award Writing (i.e. LW6409B).

 

Intermediate Postgraduate Diploma

This programme is a linked programme. Students who have successfully completed all required taught courses with a CGPA of 2.00 or above and elected not to pursue the dissertation or its equivalent for the Master's degree are eligible for the intermediate award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Frequently asked questions about the LLMArbDR Programme (click HERE).

 

Goff Arbitration Lecture

The Goff Lecture series was inaugurated by City University of Hong Kong in 1990. Lord Goff of Chieveley, then Lord of Appeal, initiated the series.  He has been followed by an illustrious list of some of the world’s most renowned experts in the field.

Goff Lecture Series

 

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot is a competition for law students.  Students from all countries are eligible and the Finals take place in Vienna, Austria.  The Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale of goods between two countries that are parties to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.  CityU hosts the annual Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong.

 

International ADR Moot

The International ADR Mooting Competition is a truly innovate and exciting initiative of three institutions, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong (CityU), the School of Law of Columbia University (New York) in association with UNCITRAL - Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific. It combines both mediation and arbitration in one competition and gives students the opportunity to act as arbitrator and mediator in addition to the roles of advocates in the arbitral hearing immediately followed by mediation proceedings. CityU hosts the annual International ADR Moot in Hong Kong.

 

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, an applicant must have:

  • a university degree from a recognized university or equivalent qualifications (e.g. AHKIArb)

Applicants whose employment or professional activities involve arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution may be preferred, where qualifications are otherwise equal, but in all cases admission will be based on merit.

Applicants graduated from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English must achieve the following English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score of 595 (paper-based test) or 97 (internet-based); or
  • an overall band score of 7.0 in IELTS; or
  • a score of 500 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test (CET) Band 6; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

(The School has stipulated a validity period of three years for results of the above tests. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the three years preceding the commencement of the University's application period.)

 

Scholarship

  • School of Law Admission Scholarship for the LLMArbDR Programme

Since 2017, the School of Law is offering admission scholarship to potential students based on merits.

For further details, please visit http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/pros_students/LLM_scholarship.html

* The number of scholarships and allocation of scholarships each year are left entirely at the discretion of the School.

 

Tuition Fee

Please click HERE for the tuition fee information.

For tuition fee enquiries, please contact the School of Law General Office by email at llmarb@cityu.edu.hk or by phone at 3442 7680.

 

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

The LLMArbDR Programme has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for CEF purposes. For application details, please refer to http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/cef

 

Course Description

Please click here for details.

 

Accommodation

Students should be prepared to arrange their own accommodation, as on-campus accommodation is usually not available to LLMArbDR students, due to limited space. For assistance in locating information on off-campus accommodation, see “Off-campus Accommodation” http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus1.htm

 

Applications and Enquiries

Apply online at http://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/prospective/apply/procedures

Admissions Enquiry:
Telephone: (852) 3442 5588
Fax: (852) 3442 0187
Email: tpadmit@cityu.edu.hk
Website: www.cityu.edu.hk/sgs

Further information about the programme is obtainable from:

Mr David HOLLOWAY
Assistant Professor
LLMArbDR Programme Director
School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 5405
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-Mail: dhollowa@cityu.edu.hk


General Office, School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
E-Mail: llmarb@cityu.edu.hk
Website: http://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw