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Arbitration Law and Procedure Micro-credential


Subject Area Law
Credits 5
Start Date 20 January 2025
Duration 12 weeks
Time Wednesday 18:30 - 20:20 (Subject to change.) 
Mode of Delivery Hybrid
Lead Academic (opens in a new window)Assoc. Professor Brian Hutchinson
Fee €750 - 20% UCD Alumni Discount.
50%-Learner Fee Subsidy (Please see below)
Application Deadline

12 January 2025

Register your interest at (opens in a new window)microcredentials@ucd.ie

Arbitration is a private means of dispute resolution whereby the parties agree to be bound by the decision of an arbitrator of their choice whose decision is final and whose award has the legal force of a High Court judgment or order. Arbitration is a widely used alternative to litigation before the Courts. The use of arbitration is on the increase, and new legislation, the Arbitration Act, 2010, was introduced in 2010 to make Ireland a world leader in the field of arbitration.

The principal advantages of arbitration over other forms of dispute resolution (litigation included) are privacy; flexibility of procedure; the ability to use arbitrators who are expert in the field of dispute; cost effectiveness; and enforceability of the award both domestically and internationally. There is a growth in the use of arbitration as a means of resolving disputes both at domestic level and at an international level.

This micro-credential focuses on the law and practice of domestic arbitration. It covers the arbitration agreement, the arbitrator, the arbitral process, the award, recourse against the award, and enforcement of the award.

Please note that the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is currently revising its accreditation pathways structure and Fellowship level accreditation will no longer be available through third-party recognised course providers including UCD. We await final details, however, we understand meanwhile that recognised courses such as those offered by us at UCD will continue to qualify at MCIArb and ACIArb level.

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"I am immensely grateful for having taken up this micro-credential to help me broaden and prepare my legal skills."
Patrick Flynn, Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal - Arbitration Law and Procedure micro-credential.

The micro-credential will be of interest to professionals who come into contact with arbitration, particularly those working in areas where arbitration has proved especially effective, include building and civil engineering contracts; shipping; imports, exports and international trade; foreign investment agreements; commodities trading; partnership disputes; insurance contracts; intellectual property agreements; and rent review in commercial leases. This list is not exhaustive, however, for almost any dispute which can be resolved by litigation in the Courts can be settled by arbitration.

Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the function of arbitration and contextualise it in the range of dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Understand the sources of Arbitration Law and demonstrate an intimate knowledge of the substance of the Arbitration Acts and the Common Law governing domestic arbitration.
  • Be able to analyse given fact scenarios and problems in arbitration and apply the correct legal principles to advise on appropriate solutions.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the best practice approaches to arbitration procedure and be able to apply it appropriately to given scenarios and problems.

  • Introduction
  • The Arbitration Agreement
  • Existence and Validity of Agreements: Commencement and Time Limits
  • The Arbitral Tribunal
  • The Conduct of the Reference
  • The Award
  • Recourse Against the Award
  • Recognition and Enforcement

This micro-credential consists of weekly 2 hour lectures, supplemented by online reading and resources and in-class and online exercises. Learners are encouraged to engage with the teaching activities for this micro-credential on campus at UCD (face-to-face). However, lectures will be available online, to suit learners' circumstances and requirements.

A repository of resources will be available to support your learning, and as a UCD student you will have full access to the library. 

This is a 5 ECTS micro-credential and involves approximately 100-125 hours of learner effort.

Applicants must hold a degree in law or another relevant discipline, including the social and natural sciences. An upper second-class honours Level 8 degree (GPA 3.08), or international equivalent is required.

Applications will also be accepted from those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a graduate qualification relevant to the micro-credential.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proof of English proficiency as per UCD's minimum English language requirements.

All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

  • 2 hour end of trimester exam

Feedback is primarily provided by way of group feedback supplied online post-assessment following UCD School of Law policies. Individual feedback may be supplied personally online or in person as to where a student stands relative to the group feedback. Opportunities for self and peer review will be possible through in class exercises and online peer discussion group and exercises.

The Irish Law and Legal Procedure micro-credential may also be of interest. Irish Law and Legal Procedure will be of particular interest to those without a previous legal background. These micro-credentials are also modules on the UCD Sutherland School of Law’s Professional Diploma in Arbitration.

Please note: Learners can avail of only one form of funding per application. 

Micro-Credentials Learner Fee Subsidy-Human Capital Initiative Pillar 3

The HCI Pillar 3 Micro-credential Learner Fee Subsidy has been introduced to enable more learners to address critical skills gaps and engage with lifelong learning through micro-credentials. The HCI Pillar 3 Micro-credential Learner Fee Subsidy is funded by Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. 

HCI Micro-credential Learner Fee Subsidies are available on identified micro-credentials only and in fixed numbers from March 2024 until October 2025.  

Please see Eligibility Criteria for further information.