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

Prof Shahla Ali
T. (852) 3917 2953 | E. lawpgs@hku.hk

Tuition
Fees*

(for 2021-2022)
Full-time: $164,000 p.a.
Part-time: $82,000 p.a.

* Subject to University’s approval.

Application
Deadline

[Main]
1 March 2021
(GMT +8) 12:00 noon

[Clearing]
19 April 2021
GMT +8) 12:00 noon

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

Hong Kong is a world leading international dispute resolution venue standing at the conjunction point between East and West, ideally situated to resolve disputes in the greater China and Asian region.  The University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Law is a world-class Faculty ranked amongst the top 21 law schools in the world according to Times Higher Education, with a global network of partners and a strong reputation in international dispute resolution.

Founded in 2007, the LL.M. Degree in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution has been internationally recognized as a leading provider of dispute resolution teaching and research.  Graduates obtain certifications with HKMAAL, CIARb and HKIA. Leading arbitration thinkers, practitioners, specialists and alumni contribute to a dynamic array of teaching and seminars throughout the year.

We welcome you to learn about our full-time and part-time program and join our diverse student body which has included leading practitioners from the business and financial community, specialists in the construction and engineering fields, mediation and arbitration practitioners, government officials, legislators, judges and members of international organizations specializing in dispute resolution.

What our Peers Say:

“in many aspects the LL.M. programme exceeds international standards…[it provides] opportunities for global activities, excellent instructors … and many internationally focused course offerings.”  (Professor Carrie Menkel-Meadow, External Program Examiner)

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 
    • LLAW6241  Arbitration award writing
    • LLAW6185  China investment law
    • LLAW6186  China trade law
    • LLAW6162  Collaborative law and practice
    • LLAW6238  Comparative arbitration in Asia
    • LLAW6276  Consensus building and facilitation as dispute processes
    • LLAW6252  Construction of commercial contracts
    • LLAW6207  Corporate conflicts
    • LLAW6082  Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
    • LLAW6267  Courts
    • LLAW6217  Culture, diversity and power in dispute resolution
    • 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
    • LLAW6037  International environmental law
    • LLAW6182  International organizations
    • LLAW6128  International trade law I
    • LLAW6288  Introduction to European Union law
    • 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
    • LLAW6109  Public international law
    • LLAW6141  Regulation of cyberspace: Theories of internet and normativity
    • LLAW6281  Research seminar in ADR ethics and policy
    • LLAW6294   International investment: structuring, protecting, and resolving related disputes
    • *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
      • LLAW6241  Arbitration award writing
      • LLAW6185  China investment law
      • LLAW6186  China trade law
      • LLAW6162  Collaborative law and practice
      • LLAW6238  Comparative arbitration in Asia
      • LLAW6276  Consensus building and facilitation as dispute processes
      • LLAW6252  Construction of commercial contracts
      • LLAW6207  Corporate conflicts
      • LLAW6082  Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
      • LLAW6267  Courts
      • LLAW6217  Culture, diversity and power in dispute resolution
      • 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
      • LLAW6037  International environmental law
      • LLAW6182  International organizations
      • LLAW6128  International trade law I
      • LLAW6288  Introduction to European Union law
      • 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
      • LLAW6109  Public international law
      • LLAW6141  Regulation of cyberspace: theories of internet and normativity
      • LLAW6281  Research seminar in ADR ethics and policy
      • LLAW6294  International investment: structuring, protecting, and resolving related disputes
      • *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 may refer to https://www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/cef for further details and application.

The following five courses of the LLM(Arb&DR) programme 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 (CEF course code: 21Z07656-6)
  3. Contract Law (CEF course code: 21Z07657-4)
  4. Mediation (CEF course code: 21Z07658-2)
  5. Negotiation: Settlement & Advocacy (CEF course code: 21Z07659-0)

According to the regulation of the CEF,  applicants may submit an application for opening an account together with the application for the first reimbursement claim after the successful completion of the applicant’s first CEF course. [Note: Applicants are required to submit their reimbursement claims within one year.] There is no limit for the number of CEF claim submissions, and the subsidy ceiling is $20,000 per applicant.

For September 2021 Entry

Wednesday, 20 January 2021
(GMT +8) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Live Zoom Session – Please click here to register.

The application for admissions for 2021-2022 is now closed.
If you would like to apply for 2022-2023, please visit our website in late November / early December 2021 for update.