COURSES 2017/18

CAS in Arbitration

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 May 2017. 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 Fundamentals of International Arbitration
Head Lecturers Christoph Müller, Daniel Girsberger, Simon Gabriel
Dates Neuchâtel, 4-8 May 2017
3 Topic Taking of the Evidence: Hearings, Discovery and Interim Measures
Head Lecturers Urs Weber-Stecher, Laurent Kilias
Dates Zurich, 26-30 October 2017
4 Topic From the Hearing to the Challenge and Enforcement of the Award
Head Lecturers Daniele Favalli, Philippe Bärtsch
Dates Zurich, 25-29 January 2018

The SAA is a fantastic opportunity to have a challenging, thought provoking, and intensely interactive course on international arbitration in a country that has a dominant position in the international arbitration scene. The enthusiasm of the faculty was infectious. The material and the case studies were outstanding. The chance to take time out to discuss common challenges with a truly diverse and multi-talented group of fellow professionals from around the world was really useful and the social events at Karaoke places were great fun. I recommend the program without hesitation.

Rachel Benevenuto, SR Technics Group, Zurich