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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 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.
Dispute resolution is not only carried in the courtroom through litigation, but also by arbitration and mediation, which are increasingly popular and well-respected alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques.
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
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:
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:
∞ students are eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators only when they reached 55% in both coursework and exam in introductory, module 1 & 2 courses.
CIArb Module/ Course Title
Equivalent Module/ Unit
LW6401 Dispute Resolution in Theory & Practice
LW6402 Procedure & Proof
LW6406 Mediation Practice
LW6405 Arbitration Law
LW6408 International Arbitration
LW6407 Arbitration Practice & Award Writing
LW6409B Advanced Award Writing##
#Please note candidates must still pass the CIArb Module 2 assessment to become Accredited CIArb mediators. This Module allows them exemption from CIArb Module 1 Mediation only.
##Please note candidates must obtain 70% or more in order to obtain Module 4: Awarding Writing exemption. Students still have to pass peer-review to obtain the FCIArb.
* (a) Attendance on the CityU PGD/LLMArbDR Programme (where the student passes the examination) will qualify for exemption from the Entry Course Examination for Associateship of HKIArb; and
(b) Successfully passing the CityU PGD/LLMArbDR examinations will qualify for exemption from all the academic requirements for Fellowship of HKIArb and will confer eligibility for entry to the Fellowship course of HKIArb and exemption from taking the award writing part of the said course of HKIArb.
+ In order to meet the requirements of Module 4 of the CIArb, students must obtain a minimum mark of 70% in the assessment (the final exam), which will be by a written report (i.e. a Final Arbitral Award) in LW6409B Advanced Award Writing.
^ Completion of LW6406 Mediation Practice would lead to stage 1 requirements as stipulated by the HKMAAL Mediation Accreditation Committee
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 are required to take elective(s).
Exempt students^ are required to complete 6 credit units of electives from the approved list of electives. Non-exempt students are required to complete 3 credit units of elective from the approved list of electives.^ Students holding a law degree from a Hong Kong or other common law jurisdiction, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Hong Kong Law (PGCHKL) at City University of Hong Kong, or equivalent are exempted from Commercial Contracts and Legal Concepts.
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 about the LLMArbDR Programme (click HERE).
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.
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.
The International ADR Mooting Competition* is a truly innovate and exciting initiative of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), and the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong (CityU) 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.
* Whether the event will be held in the future is subject to review and confirmation.
To be eligible for consideration for admission, an applicant must have:
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:
(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.)
Since 2017, the School of Law is offering admission scholarship to potential students based on merits.
For further details, please visit //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.
Please click HERE for the tuition fee information.
For tuition fee enquiries, please contact the School of Law General Office by email at email@example.com or by phone at 3442 7680.
The LLMArbDR Programme has been included in the list of reimbursable courses for Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes.
Students are recommended to use individual course(s) (i.e. LW5303 Commercial Contracts, LW6401 Dispute Resolution in Theory & Practice, LW6405 Arbitration Law, LW6406 Mediation Practice and/or LW6407 Arbitration Practice & Award Writing) to claim CEF as soon as they complete the relevant courses.
For application details, please refer to http://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef
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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” //www.cityu.edu.hk/sro/htm/e_off-campus1.htm
Apply online at https://www.sgs.cityu.edu.hk/prospective/apply/procedures
Telephone: (852) 3442 5588
Fax: (852) 3442 0187
Further information about the programme is obtainable from:
|Dr Christopher TO
|General Office, School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
83 Tat Chee Avenue
Tel: (852) 3442 8008
Fax: (852) 3442 0190
Mr David HOLLOWAY