Applications for Taught Postgraduate Programmes in 2017 entry are now closed. Applications for 2018 entry will start in mid-November 2017 tentatively and updated programme information will be available by that time. The programme information for 2017 entry listed below is for reference only.
|Year of Entry||2017|
|Mode of Funding||Non-government-funded|
|Intermediate Award||Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution|
|Mode of Programme||Combined †|
|Class Schedule||Normally weekday evenings and occasional weekends (block-mode teaching for one course)|
|Indicative Intake Target||80|
|Minimum No. of Credits Required||30 (for exempt students) or 33 (for non-exempt students)|
|Normal Duration of Programme||
Full-time: 1 year;
Part-time: 2.5 years
|Maximum Study Period||
Full-time: 2.5 years;
Part-time/Combined mode: 6 years
|Programme Website||Click here to open|
|Mode of processing||Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.|
Dr Christopher To
BEng (Hons), LLB (Hons), PCLL, MA, LLM, PhD DEng, Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional, Accredited Mediator, FCIArb, FHKIArb, FSIArb, FHKIOD, FIET, MHKIE, MBCS, MHKCS, ARAes, HKIAC Accredited Mediator
Mr David Holloway
MA (Cantab)- Churchill College Cambridge University, European Master of Law and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Barrister- at –law. (Gray’s Inn), Arbitrator, Panel Member- Shenzhen Centre of International Arbitration (SCIA), Arbitrator Committee Member- Thai Arbitration Centre (THAC), Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, General Editor, International Arbitration Law Review
+852 3442 5405
+852 3442 8008 (Phone)
+852 3442 0190 (Fax)
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:
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;
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:
a. not all graduates can expect to become arbitrators or mediators and the programme does not assure graduates of appointments, and
b. 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.
assist students to obtain relevant professional qualifications.
Classes are held in weekday evenings and occasional weekends.
Taught courses of the programme include:
Students are required to take elective(s).
Exempt students^ are required to complete 6 credit units of LLMArbDR electives or LLM electives from the approved list of electives. Non-exempt students are required to complete 3 credit units of LLMArbDR elective or LLM 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.
To obtain the Master’s degree, students are required to perform independent scholarly research and prepare a dissertation or its equivalent.
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 dissertation or its equivalent for the Master's degree are eligible for the intermediate award of Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution.
Upon completion of the programme and subject to fulfilling certain requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for Professional Recognition both within and outside of Hong Kong, including:
Membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)∞;
Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) (subject to completing peer interview as required by the CIArb)#;
Associateship of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (AHKIArb)*;
Fellowship of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb)**;
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);
CPD points awarded by the Law Society of Hong Kong.
∞ 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.
*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.
** (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 Mediator Accreditation Committee