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LawAlternative Dispute Resolution

Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation

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Start Date
14 Jun 2018 (Thu)
Next intake(s)
1 year
Course Fee
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Deadline on 04 Jun 2018 (Mon)
2508 8864
2508 6403

The application of arbitration and mediation has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. With a common law legal system and geographical convenience, Hong Kong provides the ideal venue for speedy and reliable dispute resolution for commercial conflicts. Postgraduate Diploma in Arbitration and Mediation was launched to meet the expanded application of Arbitration and Mediation.


One of the best methods of dispute resolution for construction contracts international trade, shipping and trans-national businesses is arbitration for the benefits that judgments are enforceable across different jurisdictions as a result of the New York Convention[1958]. Hong Kong has a competitive advantage that there is an enormous pool of experienced professionals in the legal, shipping, international trade, and construction fields, and that they can support dispute settlement. The reservoir of specialist is expanding and the application of arbitration in various areas has increased. Another advantage is the bilingual jurisdiction adopted in Hong Kong and that is beneficial to parties from the Mainland, Taiwan and even Japan to arbitrate in Hong Kong. It is under such circumstances that the programmes are restructured with an expanded coverage cater for other fields.



Mediation is another alternative to dispute resolution widely accepted and practised across different businesses and industries in view of its positive outcome in facilitating a more efficient, expeditious and fair disposal of disputes. The reform of the Hong Kong Civil Justice systems in 2009 promoted the use of mediation for a more efficient use of judicial time and resources. The use of mediation in family matters, construction disputes, building management disputes, probate, and even financial products are all very promising.


Programme Objectives

The programme aims to provide professional training in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, in particular the principles and practices of arbitration and mediation. It provides training on the application of these alternative dispute resolution methods in some identified fields including international trade, business transactions, construction, shipping, and the use of mediation in more domestic cases in housing management, family matters etc. The programme is designed as the initial step for those who want to become professional arbitrators, mediators and experts in alternative dispute resolution in a variety of fields to equip themselves with a sound academic foundation and practical knowledge.    




  • Law of Obligation and Civil Evidence
  • Law of Arbitration
  • Arbitration Practice
  • Award Writing
  • Mediation Practice (CEF module)

Elective COURSEs (choose 1 out of 3)

  • Construction Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law of Shipping

Teaching will be conducted through lectures, seminars and workshops. Tutorials and/or case studies discussions may be arranged where appropriate. Series of workshops will be arranged throughout the Mediation Practice (40 contact hours) modules. Sessions will be held on 2 weekday evenings and 4 whole days on Sturday & Sunday. The medium of instruction is English.

Assessment for all modules is based on both written examination and a set of assignments submitted during the academic year.

Days / Time
  • Thursday, 6:45pm - 9:45pm
  • Saturday, 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • 6 module(s)

Applicants shall hold:-

  1. A bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognized university or equivalent, in a relevant discipline with at least 2 years of experience; OR
  2. A relevant professional qualification (e.g. RIBA/HKIA, RICS/HKIS, CIOB/HKICM, CIBSE/ICE/HKIE, HKIH/CIH, CILT, ICS, CIPS/HKIPS etc)

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English,

applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency such as

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$200 non-refundable

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$67,000 (2 instalments; *Members of HKIA, HKIE, HKIS, HKIH and CILTHK are given a 5% discount to the advertised course fees for the arbitration modules.)
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100

CEF SectorBusiness Services

CEF Courses
Mediation Practice
COURSE CODE 21Z03646-7 FEES $15,500 ENQUIRY 2508-8864
Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme Continuing Education Fund reimbursable programme (selected modules only)
Some modules of this programme have been included in the list of CEF reimbursable programmes. Application for CEF has to be made before commencement of the modules.
HKU SPACE is awarded as the Recognised Course Provider by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), UK, on the provision of these programmes.
Students that successfully complete the programme will be able to join CIArb at MCIArb level and also be given exemption from CIArb’s module 1 Commercial Mediation Training.

Mediation Practice module has been accredited locally by the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL) as meeting Stage One training requirements leading to accreditation as a member of the Association General Panel of mediators. The attendee needs to complete two further satisfactory assessments or conduct two actual mediations to apply for such accreditation. Each course is individually accredited.

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Enrolment Method

We provide online application and payment service for students to make enrolment via the Internet. Enrolment will be confirmed once students have made the payment online by using either PPS or credit card.

For first-come, first-served courses:
  1. Complete the online application form
    Click the "Apply Now" button on the top right hand corner of the course webpage to make online application. Follow the instructions to fill-in the online application form.
  2. Make Online Payment
    Pay the course fees by either using

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or MasterCard via a secure online payment gateway for all first-come, first-served courses.

For award-bearing programmes:

Selected award-bearing programmes also provide online enrolment and payment service for its students.

If your programme accepts online enrolment and payment, a re-enrolment icon will be shown on the course webpage. Click the icon and follow the instructions to perform online enrolment and payment. You will receive relevant information from the programme team nearer the time of enrolment.

You may click here directly to access the online enrolment and payment service.

Please note the followings:

  1. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrolment will be confirmed once you have made the payment online. You will receive a payment confirmation after payment has been made successfully. You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances.
  3. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended as the web browser.


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Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify theprogramme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/MasterCard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at anyHKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-freeinstalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

The course fees of all open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes can be settled by using PPS via the Internet. Applicants may also pay the relevant course fees by VISA or MasterCard online. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.

  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.

  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will only normally be issued at the end of a course.
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