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Diploma in International Arbitration (MENA)

We have developed a blended learning Arbitration Diploma tailored for professionals working in the Middle East and North Africa.

The MENA Diploma is intended for those who are seeking to act as international arbitrators and/or professionals who could be representing parties in arbitration situations.

Course Duration:
18 months
Wed 15 Jan 2020 - Thu 15 Jul 2021
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
450 hours CPD
AED35000 + VAT

Course Information

  • Focused specifically on the built environment and related sectors.
  • A distance learning blended course delivered through the RICS Online Academy, with video and live online interactive tutorials, as well as face to face tutorials.
  • Candidates will be required to pass three written examinations and an assignment.
  • The course is split into 13 comprehensive study modules plus revision sessions, introduced at approximately monthly intervals over a 18-month period.
  • Candidates enrolled on the course will be supplied with a copy of the compulsory reading material, ‘International Arbitration’ by Redfern and Hunter, 'Contract Law' by Elliot and Quinn, and 'Tort Law' by Elliot and Quinn.
  • Further practical experience and mentoring would be recommended for those seeking to practise as an arbitrator.
  • This Diploma leads to a dual qualification and will provide you with a domestic Diploma in Arbitration (based on English Arbitration Act) as well as a Diploma in International Arbitration.

The MENA Diploma is intended for those who are seeking to act as international arbitrators and/or professionals who could be representing parties in arbitration situations.

We have been running a UK based Diploma in Arbitration for many years and following on that success, launched a Diploma in International Arbitration for South Africa at the end of 2014.

We are actively recruiting for all types of dispute resolvers and expert witnesses to join the RICS Global Panel of Dispute Resolvers & Expert Witnesses (MENA). Arbitration is a popular dispute resolution mechanism in this region and we are keen to have more built environment specialist arbitrators on the panel.

This Diploma qualification will be one of the criteria for acceptance onto the panel.

The arbitration qualifications have been developed by the RICS International Arbitration Working Party consisting of:

  • Rowan Planterose (Chair) LLB MA, Solicitor FCIArb, Chartered Arbitrator (former practising Barrister)
  • Mark Entwistle LLB FRICS FCIOB FCIArb, Barrister FCIArb, Chartered Arbitrator
  • Franco Mastrandrea LLB MSc PhD FRICS FCIArb Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator
  • Victor Leginsky, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator

The RICS Diploma in International Arbitration has prepared me with the skills and knowledge required to become an International Arbitrator. The level of training, support, assessment and examination over the course of the programme allows me to be confident in my preparedness for an Arbitration career.

I strongly recommend the programme for anyone wishing to enter a career in International Arbitration.

Colin Caulfield FCIArb FIWFM, Executive Director - Estates Management


  • Overview of Legal Terminology and Basic Contract Law
  • Overview of International Arbitration
  • Agreement to Arbitrate
  • Arbitration Institutions
  • Applicable Laws
  • Establishment and Organisation of the Tribunal
  • Emergency Procedures and Interim Measures
  • Powers, duties and jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal
  • Conduct of the Proceedings
  • The Preliminary Meeting - Practice Exercise
  • The Role of National Courts
  • The Award
  • Writing the Award - Practice Exercise
  • Challenge and Enforcement


Our invoice will reflect the VAT as a separate line item for your records, however the invoice does need to be paid in full (including the VAT) to settle the account.

Please note the full amount can be paid in four instalments over the duration of the Diploma.

  • Non-RICS professionals AED38000 + VAT
  • RICS professionals AED35000 + VAT
  • Visa

  • Mastercard

AED35000 + VAT