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Dispute Resolution Advocacy Training Course


The international trend of globalization and regional integration vigorously bring about various development schemes and plans, including the "Belt and Road” Initiative, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the strategic development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. International commerce and trade are expected to increase, together with commercial disputes. Enterprises’ demand for high-end legal, dispute resolution, risk prevention and management services, etc. is also growing. When it comes to the different advantages and shortcomings of different means of dispute resolution, the traditional legal, mediation and arbitration professionals are not satisfying clients’ needs. Clients nowadays have high expectation on international professional dispute resolution advocacy services, hoping that legal, mediation and arbitration professionals can have broader categories of service in order to provide better protection for the clients’ overall interest. When offering dispute resolution advocacy service, professional international dispute resolution advocates should first carry out risk assessment and analysis of overall interest for the client so as to assist the client in choosing the most effective dispute resolution means and related professional dispute resolution professionals, evaluating the other party’s considerations and negotiation strategies, and also the feasibility and execution details of the settlement agreement, etc.

Aim of the Course

This course will equip students with the different knowledge and skills needed in dispute resolution advocacy and maximize the settlement benefits for clients in selecting the correct means to resolve and during the dispute resolution and negotiation processes. Participative exercises, case studies and role play will be included in this well-rounded training, in order to prepare students for the accreditation assessment for being an International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocate.

Advantages of the Training Course

  • High Recognition
    As a center for legal services and dispute resolution in the Asia Pacific Region, Hong Kong has already had a mature development in the international mode of mediation.
  • International Professional Qualification
    This is the only certified Course which allows graduates to be eligible for taking the exam for an international professional dispute resolution expert qualification. Upon completion of this Course, graduates can obtain the qualification of "International Professional Dispute Resolution Expert” (IPDRE) through Accreditation Assessment, and also the opportunities to handle cross-border and international commercial mediation cases as IPDRE.
  • Teaching Quality Assurance
    A team of veteran instructors, experienced in delivering training and mediation sessions, is responsible for preparing the teaching materials and teaching this Course. The reputable teaching team has trained up many professional mediators and dispute resolution experts in Hong Kong and around the world. They have also been participating in the design and development of professional dispute resolution mechanisms in different regions. All these indicate that the teaching team and teaching materials are up to international professional standards.
  • Professional Development Platform
    Students who have completed the course and passed the assessment can apply to become the International Professional Dispute Resolution Expert of International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates Association (“IPDRAA”). IPDRAA provides diversified continuing professional development opportunities and platform to International Accredited Professional Mediators, including advanced courses, talks, seminars, mediation, case referrals, etc., in order to help advocates further develop their profession.

Course Outline

  1. Client’s Demand for High-End Dispute Resolution Services
    - The development of dispute resolution profession
    - Understanding the means of dispute resolution
    - How high-end dispute resolution services can satisfy clients’ needs
    - Shortcomings of traditional dispute resolution services
    - Sharpening the competitive edge of legal professionals and dispute resolution experts
  2. Profession of International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates
    - The brand-new international professional service
    - Risk prevention
    - Risk management
    - Early assessment
    - Dispute resolution
    - Enforcement of the agreement/ arbitral award
    - Professional qualification and role of International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocate
    - IDRRMI International Dispute Resolution Mechanism
    - Cross-profession, Cross-culture and cross-border collaboration of International Dispute Resolution Mechanism
    - Advantages of International Dispute Resolution Mechanism to legal professionals, dispute resolution experts and clients
  3. Professional Services offered by International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates
    - How to assist your client in choosing the means of dispute resolution
    - Choosing the appropriate dispute resolution personnel, venue and time
    - Procedures of IDRRMI of International Dispute Resolution Service
    - Service charges and rules
  4. Preparation Work of International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocates
    - Logistics - organizing the dispute resolution process
    - Documentation - preparing the documentation
    - People - preparing the team for the dispute resolution process
    - People – lawyer’s preparation
    - Strategy - preparing the opening statement
    - Strategy - preparing for the private sessions
  5. Fighting for the best interests of client during mediation
    - Opening phase
    - Exploration phase
    - Managing time effectively
    - Bargaining phase
    - Dealing with deadlock
    - Settlement phase
  6. Highlights of combination of dispute resolution means
    - Combination with the court
    - Combination with arbitration


  • Mediators, Arbitrators, Solicitors, Barristers, Internal Legal Consultants of all organizations
  • Senior Management and Executives
  • Chief Financial Officers and Legal Affairs Officers


Upon completion of this Course

  • Students attaining ≥ 70% attendance in the course will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance
  • Students attaining ≥ 70% attendance and passing the end-of-course assessment will be awarded a Certificate of Completion
  • Candidates successfully passing the assessment are eligible to apply to be the International Professional Dispute Resolution Advocate of IPDRAA with the presence of the Certificate of Completion or the Assessment Results within a year

Course Details

Duration 14 Hours
Date To be announced
Time To be announced
Venue 21/F, Success Commercial Building, 245-251 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Teaching Medium Cantonese (Teaching materials mainly in Chinese)
Tuition Fee HK$ 4,500
Application Method Please complete the application form and submit the cheque or payment receipt to AIDRN by email, mail or in person on or before the deadline.
Payment Methods
  1. Cheque (Payable to "Mainland - Hong Kong Joint Mediation Center Limited”. Please put down your name, contact number and course title at the back of the cheque. Only applicable to owners of a Hong Kong bank account.)
  2. Bank Transfer (Please transfer the tuition fee to Bank of China Account 012-704-0-007316-3. Please also put down your name, contact number and course title at the back of the bank-in slip.)
Deadline To be announced