Introduction to Arbitration

Overview & Venue

A full-time one day course that takes place at different times throughout the year, the Friarylaw ADR Arbitration Certificate programme runs from 9am to 5pm and is delivered by Oliver J Connolly, Barrister and Former World Hoellering Fellow with the American Arbitration Association.

The Arbitration Act 2010 replaced the existing Arbitration Acts of 1954 and 1998. This moved Irish arbitration procedures in line with the UNCITRAL model. This course will give an excellent introduction to the new act and practice and procedure in Ireland in a manner that will suit those familiar with the old acts and those who are new to the arbitration process. The course will take place at Friarylaw Chambers, The Friary, Bow Street, Dublin 7, Ireland.

Candidates interested in enrolling on our next Arbitration Programme can contact Deirdre Khuwais by Email: or by Telephone: +353 (0) 1 428 3322

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to give attendees a firm introduction to the arbitration process in Ireland and the powers of an arbitrator under the Arbitration Act 2010. The delegates will be given a brief overview of the alternative dispute resolution procedures available in the construction industry and learn about the processes and procedures of conducting an arbitration and the essential components of a reasoned award. Delegates that attend will be awarded a certificate of completion by Friarylaw ADR.


  • Introduction to Arbitration
  • Arbitration Act 2010
  • Powers/Jurisdiction/Appointment of Arbitrator
  • Preliminary Meeting/Pre-Hearing Procedure/Submissions
  • Orders for Direction
  • Procedure at Hearing
  • Evidence
  • Essentials of a Reasoned Award
  • Costs and Interest
  • Assignment to be completed by delegates

Learning Objectives

Delegates will have:

  • A brief overview of the alternative dispute resolution procedures available in the construction industry
  • An understanding of the Arbitration Act in Ireland and the powers each party has under the act
  • An appreciation the powers of the arbitrator and how the arbitrator’s jurisdiction is established
  • A knowledge of the procedures involved in an arbitration from the initial letter of appointment through the directions and hearing to the reasoned award
  • An awareness of the experience from arbitrations from the course director and tutor

Who should attend?

– Law students and recent law and engineering graduates and post-graduates with an interest in ADR

– Construction and other professionals involved in contract administration on behalf of the employer or contractor or as employer’s representative or those who wish to develop a career in alternative dispute resolution.

– Professionals from legal and other disciplines who wish to gain an introduction to the arbitration process in Ireland.


Friarylaw ADR Alumni: 375 Euro

Friarylaw ADR Non-Alumni: 495 Euro

Trainer profile

Oliver Connolly

Principal, Friarylaw ADR (Former World Hoellering Fellow at the American Arbitration Association)

Oliver J. Connolly boasts one of the most impressive CVs in the Irish legal domain.

A member of the Bar in Ireland, New York, England and Wales and Northern Ireland, Oliver was also a Trinity College Dublin law Faculty member for several years. Oliver is a member of the American Arbitration Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow), a member of the London Court of International Arbitration and the Swiss Arbitration Association.

Oliver is a graduate in law and former lecturer in law at Trinity College Dublin (where he taught civil & commercial arbitration and mediation on Trinity’s LL.M programme). He has practiced as an attorney in New York and as a barrister at both the English and Irish Bars. Oliver has also been admitted to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

He holds various ADR qualifications (Dip Arb., Dip Int Arb., FCIArb, Accredited Mediator) and is a ADR committee member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and international Bar Association (IBA) and has previously served on the Bar Council’s ADR & Arbitration Committee and on the ruling council of the Irish Commercial Mediation Association (ICMA).

In 2002-2003 he served as the Hoellering World Fellow in residence with the American Arbitration Association (where, in particular, he observed the AAA’s US and international case management arbitration and mediation procedures) and was admitted to practice before the Bar of the United States Supreme Court upon petition by the Irish American Lawyers Association. He is also a member of 36 Bedford Row, a leading chambers of English barristers.

Oliver is the founder of Friarylaw and leads an active team of lawyers and non lawyers highly committed to (a) the promotion and servicing of time and cost effective dispute resolution in Ireland, north and south, and to (b) the promotion of Ireland, north and south, as an eventual hub for international dispute resolution.

Phone: +353 (0) 1 428-3322