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The Arbitration Agreement On-Demand

Event Type
Law Society Skillnet
Online, On-Demand
Discounted Fee
CPD Hours
2 General (by eLearning)
Start Date
02 August 2022 at 9:00 AM
End Date
31 December 2022 at 5:00 PM
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Law Society Skillnet in collaboration with Arbitration Ireland, AADR Committee of the Bar of Ireland and Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

NOTE: Arbitration Ireland members may avail of the discounted fee. Please email lawsocietyskillnet@lawsociety.ie and our team will apply the discount.

Aim and Objectives
At this seminar, which was recorded in April 2022, our speakers discuss several academic, procedural and practical elements of the arbitration agreement in order to give practitioners a detailed understanding of its importance as the jurisdictional cornerstone of the arbitral process; the legal requirements for a valid agreement; and best practice in drafting agreements.

Testimonials from the live seminar held in April 2022:
 “….. a great talk and event yesterday evening; it was really well structured and delivered with a great mix of information, law and experience.”
''…. excellent presentations: really comprehensive but also easy to understand and the two hours flew by.  Well done for flying the Irish flag also.
“…. fantastic with lots of practical insights.”

Topics and Issues

  • Foundations of the Arbitration Agreement
    - Party Autonomy 
    - Separability of the Arbitration Agreement
    - Kompetenz-kompetenz: Article 16(1) UNICITRAL Model Law / Article 23(1) Rules
  • Validity of the Arbitration Agreement
    - New York Convention
    - Agreement to Arbitrate / Capacity
    - Scope of Agreement / Arbitrability
  • Drafting Considerations and Best Practice
    - Seat of Arbitration / Choice of Law Provisions
    - Arbitrator Selection Processes
    - Pathological Agreements / Interpretation

    Learning Outcomes
    At the end of this seminar, practitioners will 
  • Understand the importance of the arbitration agreement in the overall context of arbitration
  • Learn many of its legal/procedural formalities
  • Recognise the real-world issues that are likely to arise in daily practice
  • Know the ‘do’s and don’ts’ surrounding drafting arbitration agreements 
  • Gain an understanding of the theory and principles underpinning international arbitration

Resource materials and a substantial reading list is also provided.


Gavin Woods, Partner, Arthur Cox, Ireland
Gavin is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Arthur Cox Solicitors. He is a member of the Executive Committee (and former President) of Arbitration Ireland, the association of international arbitration practitioners in Ireland.  He represents the association in its engagement with the international arbitration community, international arbitral institutions and with government including the Ireland for Law initiative.  He is a member of the ICC Commission, which is the rule making body of the ICC and a member of the Irish national committee of the ICC.  He advises clients on international arbitration including representing them as Counsel in disputes under the ICC and LCIA Rules.   Gavin has a particular interest and expertise in technology and media related issues including intellectual property, data protection, privacy and defamation.

Ema Vidak Gojkovič, Counsel and Arbitrator, Vidak Arbitration LLC
Ema Vidak Gojkovic is a Harvard-educated arbitration counsel and arbitrator, triple-qualified in England and Wales, New York and Croatia. Before founding her independent practice Vidak Arbitration LLC, Ema practiced in leading international law firms including King & Spalding (London and New York), Baker McKenzie (Vienna), and Omnia Strategy under Cherie Blair QC (London). Throughout her career, Ema represented clients in commercial and investment arbitrations under all major arbitral rules, including ICC, LCIA, SCC, AAA, HKIAC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and SAS HGK. Ema teaches a course on “Strategy and Advocacy in Arbitration” at McGill University. As independent counsel, Ema frequently partners with law firms to add specialised arbitration capacity to their existing teams. She also sits as arbitrator, including predominantly in shareholder and joint venture disputes.

NOTE: Following your participation in this course Law Society Skillnet will issue you with a digital CPD certificate using blockchain-based technology. With blockchain, you can verify with others - such as the Law Society CPD Scheme section - the authenticity of your certificate in a matter of seconds. This initiative is the result of collaboration between Law Society Skillnet and VerifyEd. In summary, you will be provided with a complimentary, secure, virtual library where you can save your future digital CPD certificates. This allows Law Society Skillnet to better serve you, our member, by providing an encrypted platform to issue CPD certificates with cryptographic proof that they were issued by Law Society Skillnet. [Allow 14 days for your certificate to be issued].


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