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International Arbitration in Ireland Hub

Event Type
Law Society Skillnet
Online, On-Demand
Discounted Fee
€110* Law Society Skillnet Fee
CPD Hours
Up to 9.5 general depending on courses completed


*This Law Society Skillnet discount is applicable to all practicing solicitors working in the private sector. The standard fee for this course is €125.

Law Society Skillnet in collaboration with Arbitration Ireland and Law Society Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee bring you a suite of courses accessible via this International Arbitration in Ireland Hub. These webinars focus exclusively on international arbitration, enabling individuals to upskill and increase their knowledge in this area. The overall aim of this initiative is to support the growth, competitiveness and sustainability of Irish legal practitioners - especially junior practitioners - in the area of international arbitration. 

Arbitration Ireland’s mandate is to enhance Dublin’s reputation as an established seat and venue for international commercial arbitration; to increase the profile of Irish arbitrators and practitioners amongst the wider international arbitration community; and to increase the participation of Irish arbitrators and practitioners in international commercial arbitrations wherever based. 

Law Society Skillnet provides strategic responses to emerging national and international trade, regulatory and competitive challenges facing legal professionals, through the delivery of highly specialised education and training.  

Course 1: Current Challenges and New Opportunities for International Arbitration in Ireland

Topics covered
Making Ireland competitive as a seat for international arbitrations
The rise of remote hearings: a new opportunity for Ireland and Irish practitioners
Ireland's place as an international arbitration hub in a post-Brexit landscape
Current obstacles faced by Ireland in growing its name as a centre of international arbitration 
Sectoral focus – exploring sectors where Ireland could be an arbitration hub
Arbitration and culture

The Hon Mr Justice David Barniville

Eamonn Conlon SC, ICC
Charlie Caher, Partner, Wilmerhale
Louise Reilly BL, The Bar of Ireland
Sean McCarthy BL, The Bar of Ireland
Colm O'hOisin SC, The Bar of Ireland
Michael Collins SC, The Bar of Ireland
John Gaffney, Arbitrator, Al Tamimi & Company
Patrick Leonard SC, The Bar of Ireland
Karen Killoran, Partner, Arthur Cox 
Kathie Claret, Senior Counsel, Addleshaw Goddard

CPD Hours: 2 General (by eLearning) 

Course 2: International Arbitration in Ireland: The Arbitration Agreement – Procedure and Practice

Topics and Issues
Foundations of the Arbitration Agreement
Validity of the Arbitration Agreement
Drafting Considerations and Best Practice

Gavin Woods, Partner, Arthur Cox, Ireland
Ema Vidak Gojkovič, Counsel and Arbitrator, Vidak Arbitration LLC

CPD Hours: 2 General (by eLearning) 

Course 3: An Introduction to Ad hoc and Institutional Arbitration

Topics and Issues
the growth of institutional arbitration at the expense of ad hoc processes in the international commercial context
compare and contrast what the regimes offer for practitioners and parties (including examples from a range of rulesets) 

Sean McCarthy BL, The Bar of Ireland

Tomás Navarro Blakemore
Paula Gibbs, A&L Goodbody

CPD Hours: 1.5 General (by eLearning) 

Course 4: Institutional Arbitration – ICC Arbitration

Topics and Issues
A brief description of the structure of the ICC International Court of Arbitration & the ICC Secretariat

the application of the ICC Arbitration Rules by the above two bodies through the lens of the important procedural milestones

the many practical tips for practitioners acting as counsel in ICC arbitrations

Sean McCarthy BL, The Bar of Ireland

Ashleigh Brocchieri, ICC Counsel
Benjamin Ng'Eno, ICC Deputy Counsel

CPD Hours: 2 General (by eLearning) 

Course 5: International Arbitration in Ireland - Enforcement, Challenge & Set-Aside of Arbitration Awards in Ireland

Topics and Issues
This seminar takes the audience through the theory and practice of enforcing and challenging arbitration awards in Ireland, both in the domestic and international contexts. 

Particular focus is on the following aspects:

the Irish legislative landscape in relation to enforcement and challenge of domestic and foreign arbitral awards; 
the functioning of the above pieces of legislation in terms of enforcement and the grounds upon which awards can be challenged; and
the practical tips for both instructing solicitors, and barristers acting as counsel in these High Court applications. 

Sean McCarthy BL

Barry Mansfield BL
Paula Gibbs, A&L Goodbody

CPD Hours: 2 General (by eLearning) 

  • Unless otherwise indicated, our Zoom webinars and meetings are held live and are not recorded. If you miss the live webinar/meeting, you cannot play back the event. You also may not avail of your CPD hours for that event.
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  • Solicitors are required to complete 25 hours CPD this year of which 80% can be completed online - See CPD Scheme
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