ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Middle East

09-31 Sep/May 2024-2025

Doha, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Cairo English
Start: 09.00 (Event’s time zone) - End: 18:00

Are you interested in becoming an arbitrator?
Join the ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Middle East!

The ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy is a comprehensive and practice-oriented professional training programme tailored for experienced arbitration practitioners who are interested in pursuing a career as an arbitrator.

Developed by the ICC Institute of World Business Law and organized under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the programme aims to provide participants with a strong command of the arbitration procedures and prepare them to act as arbitrators in international arbitration cases, with a particular focus on ICC Rules of Arbitration.

For the 2023-2024 ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Middle East, around 40 selected candidates will travel and participate in eight workshops organized in Doha, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, and Cairo. In each workshop, participants will be trained and guided by prominent arbitrators, ICC experts, counsels, and law professors. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn and exchange with leading professionals in the field.

To learn more about the programme, Download the 2024-2025 ICC Advanced Arbitration Academy for Middle East Brochure.

Who should attend?

This advanced level professional training is designed primarily for senior and upper mid-level arbitration practitioners interested in pursuing a career as an arbitrator. Participants must have an advanced knowledge of the English language and sufficient experience in international arbitration.

How to apply?

Complete the following steps before 17 March 2024 at 23:59 (CET).

  • Step 1: Submit your application on ICC Knowledge 2 Go platform.
  • Step 2: Send your CV and Cover Letter to DRSLearning@iccwbo.org with the subject line “Academy Middle East Application – [Name and Surname]”.

These documents should include your educational background and work experience with details of any arbitration-related experience, such as the number of years, the number of cases, and whether it was full-time or part-time. In your Cover Letter, please describe your motivation for joining the programme and your aspirations to become an arbitrator. We recommend limiting your response to under 1000 words.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants residing and/or practising in Middle East are given priority;
  • Minimum experience of five years of professional experience in arbitration, with a preference for applicants with more than 10 years of experience;
  • Advanced level in the English language is required as all instructions, assignments, and workshops will be conducted in English;
  • Contributions to the development of arbitration in the region are desired; and
  • Strong motivation and commitment for the program.

Tentative workshop dates and location:

9-10 September 2024

Workshop 1-2 in Doha, Qatar

18-19 November 2024

Workshop 3-4 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

February 2025

Workshop 5-6 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

May 2025

Workshop 7-8 in Cairo, Egypt

Nadine Debbas Achkar

Independent Arbitrator

Alain Farhad

Partner, Head of International Arbitration, Mayer Brown LLP

Roland Ziadé

Partner, Global Co-Head of International Arbitration, Linklaters

Venue Detailed information about the dates and venues of each workshop will be given to selected participants after admission.
Travel info Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations. No sponsorship from the ICC is available in this regard.
Working language


Registration fee

*20% VAT will be applied
Only selected applicants will be asked to pay the registration fee.

If selected for the programme, participants commit to completing the payment process within the given timeline and attending all workshops. There are no scholarship or registration waivers available for this programme.

Cancellation policy

Participants are eligible for a refund of their registration fee if a cancellation request is submitted in writing before 31 May 2024. However, this will incur a cancellation fee which must be covered by the participant. Any cancellation after the mentioned date is not refundable.

Please note that ICC reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC will not, however, be held responsible for any related expenses.


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For further information, please contact:

Shofa Fathyamala
Project Officer, Education and Training, Dispute Resolution Services