Mode of
Attendance

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

Programme
Director

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

Tuition
Fees

(As of 2017-2018)
Full-time:
$121,000 p.a. (local students)
$146,000 p.a. (non-local students)

 

Part-time: $60,500 p.a.

Application
Deadline

(For admission in Sept 2018)
28 February 2018.

Aims
Programme structure
Courses
Admission requirements
Professional accreditation
Continuing Education Fund
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

  • 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
    • LLAW6162 Collaborative law and practice
    • LLAW6238 Comparative arbitration in Asia
    • LLAW6150 Comparative law
    • LLAW6252 Construction of commercial contracts
    • LLAW6207 Corporate conflicts
    • LLAW6082 Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
    • LLAW6171 Corruption: China in comparative perspective
    • LLAW6267 Courts
    • LLAW6217 Culture, diversity and power in dispute resolution
    • LLAW6214 Current issues in Chinese law
    • LLAW6173 Dispute resolution systems design
    • LLAW6054 9-credit Dissertation *subject to the approval of the Director of the Programme
    • LLAW6014 18-credit Dissertation *subject to the approval of the Director of the Programme
    • 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
    • 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
    • LLAW6211 World trade law, policy and business

Courses for students with a degree in a discipline other than law

  • 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
      • LLAW6162 Collaborative law and practice
      • LLAW6238 Comparative arbitration in Asia
      • LLAW6150 Comparative law
      • LLAW6252 Construction of commercial contracts
      • LLAW6207 Corporate conflicts
      • LLAW6082 Corporate governance and shareholder remedies
      • LLAW6171 Corruption: China in comparative perspective
      • LLAW6217 Culture, diversity and power in dispute resolution
      • LLAW6214 Current issues in Chinese law
      • LLAW6173 Dispute resolution systems design
      • LLAW6054 9-Credit Dissertation *subject to the approval of the Director of the Programme
      • 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
      • 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
      • LLAW6211 World trade law, policy and business

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 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).

Please check your eligibility to apply for CEF from the “Guidance Notes for Application” or contact the CEF Office directly if you have any further enquiries.

Eligible applicants will be reimbursed 80% of their course fees, subject to a maximum sum of HK$10,000 in a lifetime (whichever is the lesser) on successful completion (generally minimum 70% attendance requirement AND minimum grade D from 2012-2013) of a CEF reimbursable course. Please refer further details and download the application form from the website of CEF (http://www.sfaa.gov.hk/cef/).

Online application for admission in September 2018 is not open yet.

Deadline: Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon, 28 February 2018.