Introduction to International Dispute Resolution

Overview & Venue

A full-time one day course that takes place at different times throughout the year, the Friarylaw ADR International Dispute Resolution 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.

This one day introduction to International Dispute Resolution (IDR) is a wonderful induction into the Alternative Dispute Resolution landscape for anyone with a broad interest in negotiation, peace and conflict studies, legal practice, postgraduate studies and so on.

This one day course will explore the resolution of commercial disputes with an international aspect. The balancing of public policy considerations such as state sovereignty and party autonomy is traced through the legal framework for and practice of the resolution of international commercial disputes, particularly within the European Union. The module compares and contrasts conventional litigation before national courts with the growing areas of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

The course will take place at Friarylaw Chambers, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Candidates interested in enrolling on our next International Dispute Resolution Programme can contact Deirdre Khuwais by Email: or by Telephone: +353 (0) 1 4283322

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to give attendees a firm and broad introduction to the International Dispute Resolution landscape.  Delegates that attend will be awarded a certificate of completion by Friarylaw ADR.


  • Introduction to IDR-
  • What is MEDIATION
  • Powers/Jurisdiction/Appointments
  • Preliminary Meetings/Caucuses/Pre-Hearing Procedures/Submissions
  • Orders for Direction
  • Procedures at Hearings/Caucuses
  • Evidence
  • Essentials of a Reasoned Award
  • Costs and Interest
  • Assignment to be completed by delegates

Learning Objectives

Delegates will have:

  • A broad overview of the international dispute resolution landscape globally
  • An understanding of the critical differences between mediation, arbitration and conciliation
  • An appreciation the powers of the ADR Professional and how jurisdiction is established
  • A knowledge of the procedures involved in an ADR Proceeding
  • An awareness of the experience from arbitrations and mediations from the course director and tutor

Who should attend?

– Anyone with an interest in ADR and international dispute resolution generally

– Professionals, students and graduates who wish to develop / further develop a career in alternative dispute resolution.

– Professionals from legal and other disciplines who wish to gain an introduction to the ADR processes in Ireland, the European Union and the United States.


Friarylaw ADR Alumni: 375 Euro

New candidates: 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.