Workshop: Introduction to International Arbitration, Brisbane

17 04 2015



The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Australia) Limited, Queensland Chapter, is pleased to offer the ACIArb course Introduction to International Arbitration to be held in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday, 23 May 2015


AUD $AU450 (plus GST) includes registration of the course, the first attempt at the assignment, study materials, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Registration and Payment Options

Registration for this event is through our secure events portal. Click here to register for this event

What is the aim of the course?

To provide an understanding of the general principles of international (ie non-domestic) arbitration and its relationship to other dispute resolution processes. The course will provide candidates with an introduction to the legal framework of, and good practice and procedure in, international arbitration in their jurisdiction.

What are the learning outcomes?

On successful completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Understand the background to international arbitration;
  • Describe the process and procedure of international arbitration;
  • Understand international arbitration in the context of other forms of dispute resolution.

What is covered within the syllabus?

  • Comparison of dispute resolution procedures;
  • Fundamental principles of the international arbitration process;
  • The UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules;
  • Arbitration rules: time-limited, institutional, industry standards, industry schemes and ad hoc agreements;
  • Arbitration procedures: documents only and oral hearings;
  • The legal framework: the importance of the seat, the New York Convention, procedural laws and rules;
  • The arbitration agreement;
  • Commencement of the arbitration;
  • An arbitrator’s jurisdiction and powers;
  • The arbitration process: obligations of the tribunal, responsibilities and obligations of the parties;
  • Managing the arbitration process: communications, preliminary meeting, interlocutory matters, dealing with factual and opinion evidence and disclosure of documents including introduction to the IBA Guidelines;
  • Presenting the claim and the defence: alternative methods;
  • Procedure at a typical hearing, including contrasting common and civil law jurisdictions;
  • Costs and interest: alternative approaches in different jurisdictions;
  • Essentials of an enforceable award.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment consists of one assignment that is distributed to candidates on the day of the course. Candidates will be given 28 days to complete and submit the assignment. The result is a pass or fail based on understanding and knowledge. Results are dispatched to candidates normally eight to twelve weeks from the date of the submission of the assignment.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended for candidates who:

  • are new to the field of international arbitration;
  • wish to learn more about international arbitration and its benefits to users;
  • wish to become an Associate member of CIArb.

English Language Competence – CIArb training and assessment is carried out in English it is therefore essential that candidates are proficient in both written and spoken English. Where English is not a candidate’s first language it is recommended that they have achieved a standard that is, as a minimum, equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 7 or a score of 94-101 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) system. CIArb issues this advice as a guideline and, while it will not require any evidence of this standard prior to enrolment on a course, candidates who do not have this standard of English may be disadvantaged

What is my next step when I complete the course?

  • successful candidates will be awarded an Introductory Certificate;
  • successful candidates will be eligible to apply for Associate grade of CIArb, and take advantage of a range of educational and professional benefits;
  • successful candidates may progress onto Module 1 of the International Arbitration Pathway;
  • successful candidates may be eligible to claim CPD points through relevant Law Societies, Bar Associations and other bodies.

Course Times

The course is delivered over one day. The day starts at 8.50 am to 6.00 pm.

Course Venue

Law Society House
179 Ann Street
Brisbane QLD 4000

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Professional Development: Workplace Conflict Resolution

1 04 2015

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Workplace Conflict Management

Professional Development (PD) Training

Three day workshop: 10 – 12 April, 9am to 5pm, JCU Townsville

Presenter: Peter Raffles

In this workshop Peter will discuss questions and topics such as:

  • Causes of workplace disputes
  • Managing  bullying in the workplace
  • Managing social media at work
  • Other sources of workplace conflict that require new approaches
  • How has workplace conflict been managed in the past? Has it changed / is it changing now?

At a broad level, this workshop examines the development of systems and structures to facilitate conflict resolution and co-operative decision-making in organisations. It reviews national and local employment laws, HR and Industrial Relations issues for managers and executives, and practical tools and techniques for issue identification and workplace conflict management. At an applied level, the workshop also deals with challenging contemporary workplace issues, like workplace bullying and harassment, performance management and social media at the workplace.

PD with the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution Program

Our training is recognised for Continuing Professional Development points by many organisations and professional associations, particularly where conflict management is seen a relevant professional skill. JCU will provide certificates to participants who complete the training.

The fee for the 3 day workshop is $1500.

For further information or to enrol in the Workplace Professional Development Training please email: or call (07) 4232 1446.

About the trainer

Peter Raffles is a principal at Conflict Solutions Pty Ltd. Peter has done extensive work and academic research in the field of mutual-gains negotiation and mediation. He is qualified as a negotiation trainer with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University, a Master of Dispute Resolution with Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and a Certificate in Arbitration from Adelaide University. He has extensive experience in employment disputes, and has over 10,000 hours experience as a mediator and facilitator.

Peter has worked in industry, corporate and government settings as well as in negotiations between corporate interests, government and indigenous communities in New Guinea. Peter is also a practising Barrister and is inspired and energised by improving workplace relations with particular focus on the benefits of constructive conflict and the eradication of workplace bullying.

Please see our  Workplace Conflict Management PD Flyer for more information.

Positions vacant for dispute resolution specialists

1 04 2015


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Positions vacant for dispute resolution specialists


Senior Resolutions Officer, Victoria
The Mental Health Complaints Commissioner is currently seeking a highly motivated person with demonstrated assessment and dispute resolution skills, as well as a sound understanding of the mental health sector. This is a unique opportunity to join a newly established office and requires someone with a good mix of empathy, analytical and organisational skills.  This a full time position. Applications close 6 April.

Find out more

Conciliation Officers, South Australia
The South Australian Employment Tribunal (SAET) is seeking high calibre Conciliation Officers who have significant experience and expertise in dispute resolution and/or legal practice. Conciliation Officers will be required to conduct compulsory conciliation conferences in accordance with the South Australian Employment Tribunal Act 2014, the Return to Work Act 2014, relevant regulations and pursuant to the SAET RulesApplications close 17 April
There are a range of appointments available, including:

  • Manager, Conciliation Services
  • Conciliation Officers
  • Conciliation Officers (Sessional)

Find out more


Summer Program: Human Rights Institute, New York City

24 03 2015

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Designed for students and professionals from around the world, the Summer Human Rights Institute (SHRI) provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory and application of international human rights law, enabling individuals with limited time to gain an in-depth understanding of this critical field.


Located in the heart of Manhattan, the Leitner Center is just steps away from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Central Park, and the theaters, clubs, museums, shopping, and restaurants that make New York City the nation’s cultural capital.


Participants take part in daily lectures and workshops with Fordham Law professors, as well as guest lecturers from New York’s prominent human rights community, and engage in up-close examination of real world legal aspects and tools of human rights law and practice.


Certificates of Completion will be awarded to program participants who attend at least 80% of the required classes.

The Institute satisfies the F-1 visa/status requirements. Assistance for participants who require a visa is available.

All participants are required to submit a non-refundable $100 Application Fee. Regular tuition is $2600; however the Institute offers several early registration discounts:

  • Register by April 3, 2015: $2000
  • Register by May 29, 2015: $2300






  • Introduction to International Law
  • International & Regional Human Rights Mechanisms
  • Civil & Political Rights
  • Economic Social &  Cultural Rights
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Rights of Minorities
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Transitional Justice
  • Women’s Rights
  • Freedom of Religion
  • International Labor Rights
  • Humanitarian Disarmament
  • Rights of People with Disabilities
  • Emerging Issues in International Human Rights

International Women’s Day, 8th March

6 03 2015


This year the International Women’s Day theme is ‘Make It Happen’. Many events are being held around Australia today to celebrate women’s achievements. Claire Holland, an Associate Lecturer in the JCU Master of Mediation and Conflict Resolution, attended an International Women’s Day breakfast this morning with a theme of ‘Beijing +20: Let’s not wait another 20 years for gender equality.’

JCU staff and Heatley Secondary College students at an International Women's Day Breakfast

JCU staff and Heatley Secondary College students at an International Women’s Day Breakfast


The guest speaker Ms Irene Santiago is a peace negotiator and women’s rights advocate and was the Executive Director the NGO Forum World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 that consisted of the largest international gathering of women in history. Irene has also served on the Philippine government panel negotiating with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which makes her one of the few women globally with experience in formal peace negotiations.

Irene is now supporting a global campaign on women, peace and security called ‘Women Seriously’. If you are interested to learn more please check out the website


Job opportunity: WA Curtin University

6 03 2015


WA’s Curtin university is recruiting for ADR positions

Applications close 11 March

Curtin is currently looking for qualified ADR professionals to be a part of WA’s largest and most multicultural university.

Manager, Conflict Resolution & Equity
Utilise your specialist knowledge and experience in conflict resolution & equity to provide strategic advice, guidance, education and training to senior management and executives. ​

2 x Mediator and Facilitator 
Use your facilitative mediation experience and advanced communication skills to contribute to positive outcomes at Curtin University.

These roles are fixed-term, full-time and offer attractive salary packages.

Please click here for more information or contact

Professional Development: Facilitation

26 02 2015

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Professional Development (PD) Training

Three day workshop: 12-14 March, 9am to 5pm, JCU Townsville

Presenter: Dr Andrew Rixon

In this workshop participants examine the dynamics of group facilitation and consider how to work with difficult groups and groups in conflict in some way. Participants will address groups in conflict from the perspective of participants, mediators and facilitators drawing on a range of theoretical models to inform practice. The training covers process design, process management, and introduces participants to intermediary and advanced skills of group facilitation.

PD with the JCU Conflict Management and Resolution Program

Our training is recognised for Continuing Professional Development points by many organisations and professional associations, particularly where conflict management is seen a relevant professional skill. JCU will provide certificates to participants who complete the training.

The fee for the 3 day workshop is $1500.

Getting credit for a subject of the Conflict Management and Resolution Program

The 3 day workshop is a component of the subject LB5532 in the Master of Conflict Management and Resolution (MCMR) course. PD students are not required to complete any written assessment, however, you may choose to do so in order to receive credit for the subject towards a postgraduate course.

The fee for enrolling in the LB5532 subject as a miscellaneous student is $2,784.

For further information or to enrol in the Conferencing Professional Development Training or subject please email: or call (07) 4232 1446.

Please see our Facilitation PD Flyer for more information.


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