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2016/17 CAS in Arbitration

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The CAS in Arbitration

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program is a 10 ECTS credit point joint degree of the University of Lucerne and the University of Neuchâtel in cooperation with the Swiss Arbitration Academy.

The CAS in Arbitration is the first program that combines an in-depth academic education with the practical insight provided by a large number of international practitioners. This sophisticated program demands in-depth preparation from the participant for each session and active participation during the course, which includes pleading training on the basis of mock cases, role plays of arbitration-related scenarios, drafting sessions to learn how to draft written submissions and interactive discussions on cutting-edge arbitration topics.

All four modules start on a Thursday morning and end on a Monday night. The course stretches from April to January of the following year. The next course will start in April 2016. All courses are taught in English. This course is designed to accommodate working professionals, participants will be given an opportunity to attend to their professional responsibilities during each day of the module.

Application Requirements

The course is designed for lawyers, in-house counsel and other professionals interested in international dispute resolution.

Course Assessments

To obtain a CAS in Arbitration, participants are required to:

  • Attend and actively participate in four modules
  • Pass a written examination at the beginning of module 2
  • Submit a research paper

Excellent research papers may be selected for publication in the "Selected Papers on International Arbitration" series edited by the Academic Council of the SAA.

Course Overview

Coordinators : Prof. Dr. Daniel Girsberger and Prof. Dr. Christoph Müller

1 Topic Fundamentales of International Arbitration
Head Lecturers Daniel Girsberger, Christoph Müller
Dates Neuchâtel April 21-25, 2016
2 Topic How to Commence Arbitration Proceedings
Head Lecturers Xavier Favre-Bulle, Joachim Knoll
Dates Geneva June 23-27, 2016
3 Topic Taking of the Evidence Hearings, Discovery, Interim Measures
Head Lecturers Laurent Killias, Urs Weber-Stecher
Dates Zurich October 27-31, 2016
4 Topic From the Hearing to the Challenge and Enforcement of the Award
Head Lecturers Daniele Favalli, Philippe Bärtsch
Dates Zurich January 19-23, 2017