Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration 2021

Columbia Law School – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Comprehensive Course on International Arbitration

June 7-11 and June 21-25, 2021
TWO SESSIONS DAILY ON ZOOM: 11 AM – 12:15 PM & 1 PM – 2:15 PM (EDT/GMT-4)

A systematic and comprehensive examination of the law and practice of international arbitration.  The Comprehensive Course (“Course”) features a renowned faculty offering predominantly real-time lectures with interactive elements plus a number of simulations, for two 75-minute Zoom sessions each day over two separate weeks with a week’s break in between.   The Course is designed for arbitrators, advocates, in-house counsel and others interested in international arbitration.  Registration will be limited to facilitate participants’ opportunities to engage on ZOOM or a similar platform with the faculty and each other.

The twice-daily sessions are scheduled to enable participation by registrants across 10 time zones, from Los Angeles to Moscow (GMT-7/GMT+3)

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JUNE 7-11 AND 21-25, 2021

TWO SESSIONS DAILY ON ZOOM: 11 AM – 12:15 PM & 1 PM – 2:15 PM (EDT/GMT-4)

  • A systematic and comprehensive examination of the law and practice of international arbitration.
  • The Course features a renowned faculty offering predominantly real-time lecture with interactive elements plus a number of simulations and is designed for arbitrators, advocates, in-house counsel and others interested in international arbitration.
  • Upon completion, all attendees will receive a certificate of completion from Columbia Law School and the Chartered Institute.  CLE credit for New York State is being applied for.
  • The twice-daily sessions  – at 11 am – 12:15 pm and 1 pm – 2:15 pm (New York time) – are scheduled to facilitate participation by registrants spanning 10 time zones from the West Coast of the US and Canada to the Middle East and Russia.
  • Course registrations will be limited to promote live, interactive participation by registrants with faculty and colleagues.
  • No sessions will take place in the week of June 14 to allow registrants to attend to work and avoid excessive Zooming.
  • Optional opening and closing networking receptions will take place on June 7 and June 23 from 2:15 – 3:15 PM (EDT/GMT-4).

Course directors

George A. Bermann, FCIArb and Patron, CIArb New York Branch; Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, Walter Gellhorn Professor of Law, and the Director of the Center for International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, Columbia Law School; Professeur Affilié, Ecole de droit, Sciences Po (Paris). See Bio

Stephanie Cohen, FCIArb; Chair, CIArb, New York Branch; Independent Arbitrator, New York; Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and trainer for the AAA’s Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices training for new arbitrators. See Bio

Kabir Duggal, FCIArb; Ph.D.; Lecturer, Columbia University School of Law; Managing Editor, American Review of International Arbitration; Senior International Arbitration Advisor, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. See Bio

Thomas D. Halket, FCIArb, C Arb; 2019 President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Halket Chambers, New York; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School; Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA). See Bio

Richard L. Mattiaccio, FCIArb, C Arb; Immediate Past Chair, CIArb New York Branch; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School; Arbitrator and Mediator; immediate past Chair, NY City Bar Association International Commercial Disputes Committee (ICDC); CCA Fellow. See Bio

Richard F. Ziegler, FCIArb; Chair, CIArb New York Branch Education Committee; Principal, AcumenADR; Board Member, CPR Institute; CCA Fellow; former Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice, Jenner & Block NY; former General Counsel, 3M Company. See Bio

2021 Comprehensive Course Faculty Continued

Christian Paul Alberti, FCIArb, Chief of ADR/General Counsel, Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration; founding member, International Arbitration Club of New York, past President, Vis Moot Alumni Association (MAA). See Bio

Oliver J. (Ollie) Armas, Global Head of International Arbitration, Hogan Lovells US LLP, New York.    See Bio 

Pamela Bookman, Associate Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law.   See Bio

Maria Chedid, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP , US Representative, ICC Court of Arbitration; Founding President and Executive Committee Co-Chair of the California International Arbitration Council.   See Bio

Tai-Heng Cheng, Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and Trade, Sidley Austin LLP; CCA Fellow; Former Vice President, American Society of International Law  See Bio

Helena Taveres Erickson, Senior Vice President, CPR Institute  See Bio


Eugene I. Farber, FCIArb; Partner, Farber, Pappalardo & Carbonari; Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Univ. School of Law; President, College of Commercial Arbitrators (2012-13).   See Bio

Grant Hanessian, Independent Arbitrator; US Member, ICC Court of Arbitration; Editor, ICDR Awards and Commentaries; Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham Law School. See BioSamaa A. Haridi, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP; Member, ICC Court of Arbitration; Vice-Chair, IBA Arbitration Committee; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin.  See Bio 

Mélida Hodgson, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP; Vice-Chair, ICC Institute of World Business Law; Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR See Bio

Louis B. (Benno) Kimmelman, FCIArb; Chair, New York International Arbitration Center; Former Partner and Co-Leader, International Arbitration practice, Sidley Austin LLP, New York; Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.   See Bio

Marek Krasula, Director, Arbitration and ADR, North America, ICC International Court of Arbitration, SICANA Inc., NY  See Bio

Luis Martinez, Vice President, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, New York.   See Bio

Timothy G. Nelson, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP See Bio 

Joseph E. Neuhaus, FCIArb; Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, Chair, Institute for Transnational Arbitration; Board Member, CPR Institute.   See Bio

Lawrence W. Newman, FCIArb; Of Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, New York; President, International Arbitration Club of New York.   See Bio

Michael D. Nolan, FCIArb; Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Washington DC; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center  See Bio

Natalie L. Reid, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York; Board Member, LCIA; Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR.See Bio

Claudia T. Salomon, FCIArb; Independent Arbitrator; President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration as of 1 July 2021; former Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins LLP’s International Arbitration Practice.   See Bio

Peter J. W. Sherwin, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP; Vice Chair, New York International Arbitration Center, Inc.; Chair, USCIB Arbitration Committee. See Bio

Robert L. Sills, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, New York.   See Bio

Robert H. Smit, Independent Arbitrator; Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia Law School; Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Review of International Arbitration; former Co-Chair, International Disputes Resolution Practice, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York; former U.S. Member, ICC Court on Arbitration.   See Bio

Nancy M. Thevenin, FCIArb, Thevenin Arbitration & ADR, Adjunct Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, General Counsel, USCIB/ICC USA See Bio

Rachel Thorn, Partner, International Arbitration Practice, Cooley LLP, New York. See Bio


The Course includes simulations of both a Preliminary Conference and an Evidentiary Hearing.  The Course’s substantive discussions focus on essentially every aspect of the international arbitration process – hence the “Comprehensive Course” title — such as:

  • The New York Convention, Model Law other National Statutes, UNIDROIT Principles
  • Arbitration Agreement
  • Separability, Allocation of Competence
  • Illegality, Arbitrability and Other Factors Relating to the Nature of the Dispute
  • The Arbitral Seat, the Arbitrator’s Power and Jurisdiction
  • Arbitral Institutions and Ad Hoc Arbitration
  • Appointment of Arbitrators; Challenges to Arbitrators
  • Arbitrator Terms and Conditions of Appointment; Obligations of the Tribunal; Responsibilities and Obligations of the Parties
  • Emergency Relief; Security for Costs and Interim Measures
  • Procedural Issues: Discovery, Evidence and Confidentiality
  • Non-signatories; Multi-Party Issues
  • Choice of Law 
  • Deliberation and Award; Costs, Interest and Attorneys’ Fees
  • Overview of Investor-State Arbitration
  • Ethical Issues for Arbitrators & Counsel
  • Annulment and Interlocutory Matters
  • Recognition and Enforcement
  • Emerging Issues



N. Blackaby & C. Partasides, Redfern & Hunter on International Arbitration (6th Ed.)
(This e-book will be provided to each registrant before the Course begins)


Application for New York accreditation of this program for CLE credit is pending.

Terms and conditions

Cancellation by Registrants

Registration will be confirmed on receipt of payment of the applicable fee.  If a registrant is unable to attend, another person may be substituted with a minimum of one week prior written notice at no additional cost.

Any registrant who cancels his/her registration will be entitled to a refund based on the following schedule:

Request received on or before April 6, 2021 90% of the registration fee

Request received from April 6 – May 6, 2021 50% of the registration fee

Request received after May 7, 2021 No Refund

Course Changes or Cancellation

The Course directors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to make changes to the faculty, speakers, content and order of presentation of the program, or to cancel the course should circumstances so indicate.

In the event of cancellation of the Course, a full refund of the registration fee paid will be made to registrants who shall remain solely responsible for any expenses incurred or other consequences related to their planning to attend the Course.


Discounts are not cumulative; i.e., only one discount may be applied per registrant.

Privacy Matters

Personal data provided by registrants will be collected and processed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Columbia Law School, and third parties authorized on their behalf for the purpose of managing registrants’ participation in the Course. Registrants’ contact information may be included in materials distributed by the Chartered Institute, New York Branch and Columbia Law School to faculty and other Course attendees for networking purposes.

The Course, which is being conducted by videoconference, will be recorded and the recording may capture the images and voices of the registrants. The recording may be used by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and/or Columbia Law School for educational and related purposes.

Technical Issues

The Course will be conducted via remote videoconference and technical difficulties may arise from time to time that may impair the participation of one or more registrants.  Each registrant is responsible for having suitable equipment and adequate internet connectivity.

Financial Aid Policy

Full-time law students and New York-admitted attorneys seeking CLE credit may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of a reduced or waived registration fee.  Applicants for assistance should (a) register on-line using the registration link provided above or using a registration form available upon request,* and (b) separately complete their registration by submitting a scholarship request, no later than April 12, 2021, to Requests should detail in a few sentences the basis of the applicant’s financial need, including the nature of their current employment, if any, and gross annual income as well as a description of the applicant’s interest in taking the Comprehensive Course. The Course directors may request additional information to complete the scholarship request. Please understand that without a completed scholarship request, the applicant may be notified that the scholarship registration has been canceled and the request denied. All completed requests will be considered.

* If you are unable to complete registration or payment on-line, please write to for assistance.