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University College Dublin: Arbitration

Institution University College Dublin View institution profile
Department UCD Sutherland School of Law
Telephone +353 1 716 8500
Study type Taught


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 Diploma is the only one of its kind in Ireland and will equip you with the competence required to conduct or participate in arbitrations.

The Diploma in Arbitration is taught by means of lectures and seminars over the course of an academic year. Lectures are held once a week (in January-April) and are supplemented a number of seminars on Award Writing and Arbitration Skills (in June-July). Lectures in the Irish Law and Legal Procedure component for non-lawyers are held on one additional evening per week (January -April). The Programme Commences in January.

The programme also provides a valuable background knowledge which will be of assistance to those who act as expert witnesses in their own professions or trade and who are consulted for the purpose of giving evidence in court or at arbitrations. Founded in 1997, the programme has been successfully completed by a wide and varied complement of professionals, many of whom are leaders in their fields.

The Programme is for Professionals coming in to contact with arbitration. You will be expected to have either a legal qualification or a qualification or experience in a professional practice such as accountancy, architecture, engineering, etc. where arbitration is frequently encountered, such as

Practising barristers or solicitors Barristers or solicitors actively engaged in legally connected employment, Graduates holding an approved university degree or law-based interdisciplinary university degree, Persons with other academic and/or professional qualifications and/or such experiences as would satisfy the School that they are able to participate on this course.

We have an excellent Careers Development Centre here at UCD, designed to help you with information regarding future employment or studies. UCD hold a number of graduate events throughout the year including a dedicated law fair at which at which many of the big Law firms will be in attendance. The School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on it’s Academic staff and a staff member from the careers office will be in attendance at the School of law on a number of occasions throughout the academic year. To see the full range of services offered by the careers office go to

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Why UCD?
University College Dublin is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities. Ranked in the top 1% of institutions worldwide, in the overall 2023 QS World University Rankings, UCD was named 181 in the world. 

UCD, Ireland’s Global University, is Ireland’s largest university. Established in 1854, the university has a student body of over 38,000 students with more than 9,500 international students drawn from 152 countries. UCD is Ireland's leader in graduate education with over 12,000 graduate students; almost a quarter of whom are graduate research students.

Students are attracted to UCD by the strength …

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