Mode of
Attendance

Full-time: 1 Year
Part-time: 2 Years^

^Applicants without a law degree can only apply for part-time mode.

Programme
Director

Ms Katherine Lynch
T. (852) 3917 5939 | E. lawpgs@hku.hk

Tuition
Fees*

(for 2019-2020)
Full-time: $164,000 p.a.
Part-time: $82,000 p.a.

* Subject to University’s approval.

Application
Deadline

Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2019

Aims
Programme structure
Courses
Admission requirements
Professional accreditation
Continuing Education Fund
Information Session
Online application

Hong Kong is an ideal venue for the arbitration and mediation of disputes arising from international commercial and financial investment in Hong Kong, mainland China and the rest of the Asian region. In order to train professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise in dispute resolution methods, particularly negotiation, mediation and arbitration, the HKU Faculty of Law introduced an innovative cross-disciplinary Master of Laws programme specializing in arbitration and dispute resolution in September 2007. This professionally accredited LL.M. Degree in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution is open to both law and non-law graduates and is part of a comprehensive arbitration and dispute resolution teaching and research initiative launched by the Law Faculty.

Apart from legal professionals, other groups who will benefit from this specialized LLM programme include members of Hong Kong’s business and financial community, specialists in the construction and engineering fields, mediation and arbitration practitioners, government officials, legislators in the HKSAR and the Asian region, judges and judicial officers who deal with dispute resolution, and members of international organizations specializing in dispute resolution such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong Mediation Centre and the Hong Kong Mediation Council.

For more information on the programme and related activities, please visit LLM(Arb&DR) website.

Students are required to complete 72 credits, including the required compulsory courses and a capstone experience in accordance with the regulations for this degree and the syllabus. Students may choose courses from the course outlines of individual areas of law below, and courses from any of the specialist programmes, but in any event no more than two courses from other LLM specialist programmes.

(Each of the courses listed below carries 9 credits unless otherwise stated.)

Courses for students with a degree in law (Full-time study)

  • Capstone course
    • LLAW6135 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Compulsory courses
    • LLAW6138 Arbitration Law
    • LLAW6157 Arbitration practice, procedure & drafting
    • LLAW6161 Mediation
  • Electives 
    • LLAW6187  Advanced topics in competition law
    • LLAW6241  Arbitration award writing
    • LLAW6185  China investment law
    • LLAW6186  China trade law
    • LLAW6278  Chinese judicial reform in comparative perspective
    • LLAW6162  Collaborative law and practice
    • LLAW6238  Comparative arbitration in Asia
    • LLAW6150  Comparative law
    • LLAW6276  Consensus building and facilitation as dispute processes
    • LLAW6252  Construction of commercial contracts
    • LLAW6207  Corporate conflicts
    • LLAW6082  Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
    • LLAW6171  Corruption: China in comparative perspective
    • LLAW6267  Courts
    • LLAW6286  Cross border corporate insolvency: issues and solutions
    • LLAW6217  Culture, diversity and power in dispute resolution
    • LLAW6214  Current issues in Chinese law
    • LLAW6173  Dispute resolution systems design
    • LLAW6054  9-credit Dissertation*
    • LLAW6014  18-credit Dissertation* (18 credits)
    • LLAW6174  Family mediation
    • LLAW6222  Financial dispute resolution: Hong Kong & international perspectives
    • LLAW6107  Insurance law
    • LLAW6132  International and comparative intellectual property law
    • LLAW6237  International arbitration: practice, process and strategy
    • LLAW6099  International commercial arbitration
    • LLAW6007  International dispute settlement
    • LLAW6133  International economic law
    • LLAW6037  International environmental law
    • LLAW6182  International organizations
    • LLAW6128  International trade law I
    • LLAW6288  Introduction to European Union law
    • LLAW6170  Introduction to information technology law
    • LLAW6227  Introduction to private international law (Conflict of laws)
    • LLAW6230  Law and practice of investment treaty arbitration
    • LLAW6029  Managing commercial disputes in China: law, issues and techniques
    • LLAW6163  Negotiation: settlement and advocacy
    • LLAW6176  Online dispute resolution
    • LLAW6196  Preventative law: approach to conflict prevention
    • LLAW6164  Principles of family law
    • LLAW6109  Public international law
    • LLAW6141  Regulation of cyberspace: Theories of internet and normativity
    • LLAW6281  Research seminar in ADR ethics and policy
    • LLAW6211  World trade law, policy and business
    • *Subject to the approval of the Director of the Programme; LLAW6014 and LLAW6054 are mutually exclusive.

Courses for students with a degree in a discipline other than law (Part-time study)

  • Year 1 (Compulsory and capstone courses)
    • Capstone course
      • LLAW6135 Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Compulsory courses
      • LLAW6158 Contract law
      • LLAW6159 Evidence
      • LLAW6160 Legal System and methods
  • Year 2 (Compulsory and elective courses)
    • Compulsory courses
      • LLAW6138 Arbitration law
      • LLAW6157 Arbitration practice, procedure & drafting
      • LLAW6161 Mediation
    • Electives
      • LLAW6187  Advanced topics in competition law
      • LLAW6241  Arbitration award writing
      • LLAW6185  China investment law
      • LLAW6186  China trade law
      • LLAW6278  Chinese judicial reform in comparative perspective
      • LLAW6162  Collaborative law and practice
      • LLAW6238  Comparative arbitration in Asia
      • LLAW6150  Comparative law
      • LLAW6276  Consensus building and facilitation as dispute processes
      • LLAW6252  Construction of commercial contracts
      • LLAW6207  Corporate conflicts
      • LLAW6082  Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
      • LLAW6171  Corruption: China in comparative perspective
      • LLAW6267  Courts
      • LLAW6286  Cross border corporate insolvency: issues and solutions
      • LLAW6217  Culture, diversity and power in dispute resolution
      • LLAW6214  Current issues in Chinese law
      • LLAW6173  Dispute resolution systems design
      • LLAW6054  9-credit Dissertation*
      • LLAW6174  Family mediation
      • LLAW6222  Financial dispute resolution: Hong Kong & international perspectives
      • LLAW6107  Insurance law
      • LLAW6132  International and comparative intellectual property law
      • LLAW6237  International arbitration: practice, process and strategy
      • LLAW6099  International commercial arbitration
      • LLAW6007  International dispute settlement
      • LLAW6133  International economic law
      • LLAW6037  International environmental law
      • LLAW6182  International organizations
      • LLAW6128  International trade law I
      • LLAW6288  Introduction to European Union law
      • LLAW6170  Introduction to information technology law
      • LLAW6227  Introduction to private international law (Conflict of laws)
      • LLAW6230  Law and practice of investment treaty arbitration
      • LLAW6029  Managing commercial disputes in China: law, issues and techniques
      • LLAW6163  Negotiation: settlement and advocacy
      • LLAW6176  Online dispute resolution
      • LLAW6196  Preventative law: approach to conflict prevention
      • LLAW6164  Principles of family law
      • LLAW6109  Public international law
      • LLAW6141  Regulation of cyberspace: theories of internet and normativity
      • LLAW6281  Research seminar in ADR ethics and policy
      • LLAW6211  World trade law, policy and business
      • *Subject to the approval of the Director of the Programme.

NOTE: Not all courses will be offered in any given year. For actual courses available, please refer to annual course offerings.

Applicants must comply with the General Regulations and Regulations for Taught Postgraduate Curriculaand fulfil at least one of requirements (1) to (3) below AND (if applicable) requirement (4):

(1) hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws with at least second class honours or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University for this purpose; or

(2) hold a degree in a discipline other than law with at least second class honours accepted by the University for this purpose and have at least two years relevant experience and professional qualifications; or

(3) have obtained either the Common Professional Examination of England and Wales or the Common Professional Examination Certificate of this University, provided that in either case a second class honours degree or a qualification of equivalent standard of this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose has also been obtained;

(4) for an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, shall satisfy the Faculty English language requirement with one of the following recognized English tests:

(i) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) – a score of 593 or above (paper-based test) or 97 or above (internet-based test); or

(ii) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – an overall band score of 7 or above with no subtest below 6.5;

in each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

Upon completion of LLM(Arb&DR) programme, graduates are eligible to apply for the following professional accreditations:

  1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (headquartered in London) – Membership (MCIArb) or Fellowship (FCIArb**)
  2. Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited – Accredited General Mediator (subject to completing Stage 2 and Stage 3 requirements as stipulated by the HKMAAL Mediation Accreditation Committee)
  3. Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators – Associateship (AHKIArb) or Fellowship (FHKIArb)

**Subject to achieving a minimum 55% (grade D+ from 2012-2013) in the LLM Arbitration Practice, Procedure & Drafting course (LLAW6157) and a minimum 70% (grade B- from 2012-2013) in the LLM Arbitration Award Writing course (LLAW6241); and a successful CIArb Peer Interview.

The Continuing Education Fund (CEF) subsidises adults with learning aspirations to pursue continuing education and training courses. Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their fees, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000 (whichever is the less), on successful completion of a reimbursable course. The fees for more than one reimbursable course may be reimbursed, subject to the ceiling of HK$10,000 per applicant.  For eligibility and further details, please visit https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef.

The following five courses have been included in the list of reimbursable courses for the HKSAR Government Continuing Education Fund (CEF) purposes:-

  1. Arbitration Law (CEF course code: 21Z07655-8)
  2. Arbitration Practice, Procedure and Drafting (21Z07656-6)
  3. Contract Law (21Z07657-4)
  4. Mediation (21Z07658-2)
  5. Negotiation: Settlement & Advocacy (21Z07659-0)

According to the regulation of the CEF, applicant should submit an application for opening a CEF account BEFORE the first reimbursable course commences and the application form is required to be certified by us before submission. If you enroll in more than one CEF course, you are only required to submit your application in respect of the FIRST REIMBURSABLE COURSE. Please fill in the details of the first reimbursable course in the application form. Once you have obtained approval in-principle from the CEF Office for opening account, you need not submit a second application for other reimbursable course(s).

For the 2019-2020 entry

Date: Monday, 21 January 2019
Time: 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong (Exit C1 of HKU Station; map)

Click here for registration.

Click here for submitting an online application.

Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2019.