Master in Arbitration
  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Classes

    Weekday Morning Weekday Evening

  • Fees

    Tuition (One Semester) ……… Approx. 42,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
    Admission (One Time) ……… 3,500 AED

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About Program

Become a master of conflict resolution with our Master in Arbitration program. Delve into the art of alternative dispute resolution, learning negotiation techniques, mediation skills and arbitration procedures. Develop the expertise to facilitate peaceful resolutions in legal, commercial and international disputes. With this program, you will be well-prepared for a career as an arbitrator, mediator, conflict resolution specialist, or legal consultant. Join us and become a catalyst for harmony, ensuring fair and just resolutions in a rapidly changing world.

Program Goals
  1. Meeting needs of the local and regional market for experts and specialists in the various fields of Arbitration. 
  2. Developing the scientific research in the field of Arbitration in accordance with the legal rules valid in UAE through supporting the Master’s theses, and emphasizing on comparative analytical studies.
  3. Establishing a legal center specialized in Gulf legal studies in the field of Arbitration to contribute to preparation of Master’s students in this field. 
  4. Supporting the field of Arbitration and making the academic program as the axis of the Arbitration development in UAE and GCC countries through providing consultations, holding academic and occupational conferences for the stakeholders within the social service framework.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the knowledge related to the Arbitration in a deep and comprehensive way in addition to the relevant knowledge.
  2. Use the contemporary knowledge of the scientific research so as to become a pillar for constructive critical thinking and familiarity with the recent developments within the arbitration framework, occupational practice, and knowledge production in order to find new concepts and solutions for the new emerging challenges.
  3. Analyze the relevant issues in light of the scientific reality, to find creative solutions and suggestions related to the academic and occupational fields, and to create new concepts in the arbitration through integrating other cognitive fields.
  4. Apply the acquired skills in the field of dispute resolution by way of Arbitration, through refining skills that reflect thinking and analyzing capabilities in a high degree of independence.
  5. Develop the ability to take responsibility and independent performance by making decisions, taking into account the study of professional ethics.
  6. Creates methods that support to initiate and lead the teamwork.
  7. Propose new methods for taking appropriate decisions making into account unpredicted data

Program Structure

Course Category
Bridging Courses
Core Courses
Elective Courses
Thesis 1
Thesis 2
Total (Excluding Bridging Courses)
Total Number of Courses
Total Number of Credit Hours
33 Credit Hours
This course covers the theory of law, its divisions, branches, and the division of the legal rule in reference to its binding force and the criteria for distinguishing between the jus cogens and the complementary rules, the definition of the concept of public order and morals and their applications in public and private law, the sources of the legal rule and the scope of its application and interpretation. The course also delves into the theory of rights, in terms of defining rights, and types of rights, as well as their sources, pillars, and when they are due, also the stakeholders, and legal protection of rights.
The Course covers the voluntary sources of obligation, which are the contract and unilateral will. It enables students to learn the idea of the contract, including its definition, elements (offer, acceptance and Consideration), scope, legal implications and expiration. Also, students will understand the unilateral will, which include Terms of commitment and provisions.
This course covers the definition of commercial law, its history and sources, the study of commercial business theory, the study of merchants, including the definition of the merchant, as well as the obligations of merchants “registration in the commercial registry, keeping commercial books”. Also, the study of commercial contracts, commercial mortgage, agency commission and brokerage generally, and legal protection for shops.
This course includes a study of the international foreign private relationships, the issue of legal and international jurisdiction conflicts, the adaptation of disputes, and methods for resolving them using the Federal Civil Transactions Law’s attribution principles. The course also covers determining the boundaries of international jurisdiction for federal courts.
This course covers the history of companies in commercial law, including their establishment, management, classification, and expiration, as well as the specifics of their provisions regarding limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited shares, public and private shareholding companies, and the explanation of their provisions under commercial banking law.

The Course covers the definition of the Code of Civil Procedure and judicial organization in terms of the constitution of courts, degrees of litigation, judges and their assistants, rules of jurisdiction, case theory, judicial decisions and their types and appeals.

This course aims to provide an introductory of the scientific research in the context of legal and economic science courses taught at the college of Law. The course will cover what is required to prepare research literature, and reports in the legal field, by outlining the steps of scientific research, including how to select the research’s title, highlight and crystallize the research problem, prepare a research plan, identify and compile the references required for the research, classify references and sources, and how to citing references, writing the preliminary and final drafts, citing sources, writing the research conclusion, and finally writing the introduction.
The course introduces the students to everything related to the arbitration agreement, such as the definition of the arbitration agreement, arbitration and the principle of authority of will, the persons of the arbitration agreement and the conditions that must be met by them, the forms of the arbitration agreement, the features of the arbitration agreement, the principle of independence of the arbitration clause and its effect, the scope of the arbitration agreement, and the elements of the arbitration agreement and the conditions for its validity, determining the law applicable to the arbitration agreement, the effects of the arbitration agreement, and defenses related to the arbitration agreement.
The students study the procedures that are taken by the arbitral tribunal to proceed with the course of the dispute from the moment of its jurisdiction, notifying the parties, submitting the arbitration case and plea to the convening of the first session, examination of the litigants’ defenses, the hearing of witnesses, requesting the competent court to issue decisions in urgent matters, closure of pleading and deliberation and sentencing.
The course introduces the students to the law applicable to the arbitration agreement, arbitration procedures and the dispute. It also helps the students understand the role of the parties’ will in determining the law applicable to arbitration.

The course aims to provide the students with an in-depth knowledge about the judiciary and arbitration, as well as introducing them to the nature of the relationship between the judiciary and arbitration and the difference between the judiciary as a general mean and arbitration as a parallel mean for settling disputes.

The course also helps the students understand the extent to which the arbitration depends on the judiciary in arbitration agreements, arbitration procedures, implementation of arbitral award, and formation of arbitral tribunal.

The course introduces the students to national and international agreements related to arbitration, including the Geneva Convention on the Execution of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Washington Convention that led to the establishment of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Oman Convention on International Commercial Arbitration and the Arab Convention on Commercial Arbitration.

Also, the students will learn about the most important arbitration centers that make decisions on various disputes and their rules, including the Washington Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, International Chamber of Commerce, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and the G.C.C Commercial Arbitration Centre

The course introduces the students to the foundations and methods of research and helps them how to choose a topic for research by addressing an existing legal problem and solving it.

Also, the course teaches the students how to develop solutions for legal problems through research and help them understand sources and tools for collecting scientific data, principles of legal writing, how to document the information and attribute it to its source and the rules of comparison between the current legal systems (Islamic law, Latin system and Anglo-American system). 

Moreover, the students will learn how to discuss jurisprudential opinions and legal theories and weigh between them, as well as introducing a new opinion that enriches the researcher’s legal library. The course also covers the ethics of scientific research and oral expression skills related to the presentation of the research and its findings.

The student is assigned to prepare a legal research using the approved research methods and then present it to his colleagues.

This course analyses the role of arbitration in settling investment contract disputes, as arbitration is an essential guarantee for the foreign investor to avoid the control of the national judiciary, It also balances the independence of arbitration and arbitration as a condition of the investment contract, classifies its forms and cases of international arbitration, and clarifies the procedural rules for the formation of the arbitral tribunal and the procedures of arbitration sessions, ending with the arbitration award report and its implementation and classification of cases of nullity.

This course aims to evaluate arbitration and its role in settling disputes arising from stock market transactions and banking operations, and to analyse the position of UAE and comparative legislation, jurisprudence, and the judiciary regarding the application of arbitration rules in disputes arising from stock markets and banking operations.

This course addresses the study of maritime arbitration, the relation between the organization of arbitration in maritime law as well as in general arbitration act, arbitration in maritime transport contracts, arbitration in marine aid, arbitration in sheet losses and maritime collision, in addition to the study of the most important centers in maritime arbitration.

This course includes the study of international judicial jurisdiction, the disputes between States, the peaceful means to settle international disputes, the agreement to arbitrate, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the dispute arbitration procedures, the problem of State immunity and the idea of sovereignty, the structure of the tribunal, the evidence before the international arbitration, the issuance of the arbitration decision and its implementation.

This course includes the arbitration in Intellectual Property Disputes such as Patent, Trademarks, Geographical indications, Industrial Models and Designs, trade secret. Furthermore, this course deals with the relevant legal framework and the confidentiality of the arbitration procedure concerning IP disputes as well as the enforcement of arbitration laws in the field of intellectual property

This course deals with rules that were in red and green book that issued by International FIDIC Engineering Union, the applied procedures in order to solve the dispute through Arbitration between contractors and employee, the rules of arbitration and how it is significant to resolve any related disputes. This course deals also with solving disputes of extractive contracts by arbitration, which are long-term contracts and fundamental changes depend on their implementation. These changes may cause problems between contracting parties

The Internship course offered by the Master’s Program in Arbitration is an integral part of the program curriculum, as the student is committed to practical training on local and international arbitration cases in order to acquire practical skills that enable the student to deal with the real cases of free and institutional arbitration in the United Arab Emirates.

Students in this course will work with their thesis supervisor to develop a thesis proposal and begin their distinctive, applied research project. The primary goal is for the student to practice the mechanisms of transitioning from concept to active inquiry. Depending on the nature of the topic, the student will develop a study questions, conduct a literature review, develop a methodological approach, and begin preliminary research. Students are expected to apply qualitative, quantitative, and comparative research approaches to the chosen topic.
In this course, students will continue developing their thesis project, revising techniques (if required), addressing challenges, analyzing findings, and eventually articulating the complete experience. Students will build on work from the previous semester and put all of the pieces together to complete the final thesis project, following the required research process and procedures. Students will be required to provide a verbal defense as part of the assessment and fulfilment of the course.

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Prof. Amer Al-Fakhoury

Professor / Dean

Prof. Raad Adham Al Sammarraie

Professor / Program Director – Masters of Intellectual Property

Dr. Qusay Al Falahi

Associate Professor / Program Director – Master in Arbitration

Dr. Ehab Alrousan

Associate Professor / Program Director - Master in Criminal Sciences

Dr. Naser Al Sherman

Associate Professor / Department Chair – Bachelor of Law

Dr. Dorsaf Arfaoui

Assistant Professor / Program Director - Professional Master In Sports Law

Prof. Inas Al-Khalid


Dr. Mahir Albana

Associate Professor

Dr. Hatem Adela

Associate Professor

Dr. Ayman Al-Hawawsheh

Associate Professor

Dr. Khalid Alshoha

Associate Professor

Dr. Ahmed Eldabousi

Associate Professor

Dr. Luma Aldhaheri

Associate Professor

Dr. Farouq Al-Shibli

Associate Professor

Dr. Raed Faqir

Associate Professor

Dr. Zainab Dahham

Assistant Professor

Graduation Requirements

For graduate degree completion, graduate students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Earn a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Successfully complete all courses as described in the study plan.
  • The Degree Completion requirements must be met within the timeframe of the program.
  • Successfully complete the “Thesis” course.
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