CAS Arbitration

The Universities of Lucerne, together with the University of Neuchâtel as well as the Swiss Arbitration Academy (SAA), jointly offers a post-graduate program in arbitration. The CAS Arbitration program is a unique combination of academic education and practical hands-on training with renowned international practitioners.

In today’s global economic environment, international arbitration is establishing itself as the preferred means to resolve disputes between parties from different jurisdictions. Arbitration practitioners face the challenge of dealing with diverging legal systems and business practices, cultural differences, language barriers, and the demand for fast-paced decision making. Consequently, international arbitration should be taught pragmatically and based on internationally accepted best practices. In addition, future arbitration practitioners should learn from prominent and widely recognized practitioners with whom they are able to personally interact.

The CAS in Arbitration is an intense four-week program on international arbitration offered over the course of nine months taught in four modules of five days each. It is the first program that combines an in-depth academic program with the practical insight provided by a large number of international practitioners who lecture during the program. This sophisticated program demands from the participant in-depth preparation for each session, and active participation during the course which includes pleading training on the basis of mock cases, role plays of arbitration-related scenarios, drafting sessions to learn how to draft written submissions and interactive discussions on cutting-edge arbitration topics. The three organizing institutions believe in the Socratic Method and thus, the number of participants is limited.

The training is designed for lawyers, in-house counsel, and other professionals interested in international dispute resolution.

Participants who successfully conclude Module 2, 3 and 4 will be awarded the Arbitration Practitioner Diploma of the Swiss Arbitration Academy. In addition, by passing a short oral exam on Module 1 and writing a paper of ca. 25 pages, a participant may qualify for the internationally accredited Certificate of Advanced Studies in Arbitration – Joint Degree of the Universities of Lucerne and Neuchâtel. It is also possible to attend individual modules. Participants will be issued a Certificate of Attendance for each module they attend by the SAA.

Learn more about our courses:

Module 1: Fundamentals of International Arbitration

Module 2: How to Commence Arbitration Proceedings

Module 3: Taking of the Evidence Hearings, Discovery, Interim Measures

Module 4: From the Hearing to the Challenge and Enforcement of the Award





Teona Kvirikashvili, MIL, Director of Studies,
T +41 41 229 53 31 •

Prof. Dr. Daniel Girsberger, LL.M., attorney at law, University of Lucerne,
T +41 41 229 53 30 •

Prof. Dr. Christoph Müller, LL.M., attorney at law, University of Neuchâtel,
T +41 32 718 12 39 •

Daniele Favalli, LL.M., lic. iur. HSG, attorney at law, Academic Council of the Swiss Arbitration Academy,
T +41 58 211 34 00 •