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Diploma course for foreign arbitrators


SAA/SCC International Diploma course on international arbitration for foreign arbitrators 

Please note that the course for 2023 is fully boked.


Every year Sweden and Stockholm host hundreds of international arbitrations as a hearing venue and as the legal seat. The SCC Arbitration Institute (SCC) and the Swedish Arbitration Association (SAA) (hereinafter “the organizers”) therefore has launched a training for international arbitrators who would like to gain knowledge in arbitrating disputes in Sweden. 

The program runs for 2,5 days and includes 7 interactive modules led by leading Swedish arbitration specialists. The program is focused on key features and recent Swedish caselaw and is directed to the arbitral specialists with experience in international arbitration. Upon completion of the course, the participants will be awarded a SAA/SCC course diploma. 

By the end of the course, you will learn how to conduct the procedure and to deal with specific procedural issues in compliance with the Swedish arbitration law and best practices. The syllabus covers, inter alia, an introduction into the regulatory framework, formal and subjective validity of the arbitration agreement, the doctrine of assertion, the SCC Rules and policies, the arbitrator’s powers to conduct the proceedings and to manage guerrilla tactics. All modules include group exercises aimed to develop your skills in managing each stage of the proceedings, such as oral and written communications with the parties and co-arbitrators, conduct of the hearing, writing of the award and managing the post-award developments.

The format, venue, and the fee

The course consists of sessions, each including a lecture and a practical exercise or a plenary discussion. The course will start with an introduction dinner at the venue and will end with a diploma ceremony.  

The course will be held in Thoresta Herrgård, a historical manor located 20 km from Stockholm in the beautiful natural surroundings on Lake Mälaren. 

The fee is 30 000 SEK (ex. VAT) which includes the diploma course, accommodation in a single room at Thoresta Gård, full board, starting with joint dinner on 1/6 and ending with lunch on 4/6, and related social and networking activities. 


"The SCC/SAA Diploma Course on International Arbitration was very useful for my practice as arbitrator. It allowed me to gain invaluable insight into Swedish arbitration law, practice and culture within a short period of time. A further highlight of the course was the possibility to exchange thoughts and ideas within a small and intimate group of senior arbitration practitioners from around the world." 

Dr Niklaus Zaugg, LL.M. Attorney at Law | Partner, CMS

”The SCC/SAA Diploma Course on International Arbitration is outstanding. Over a few days, experienced foreign arbitrators from around the globe gather in Thoresta Herrgard (near Stockholm) to learn about mandatory provisions of Swedish law that might be relevant to ensure that your award, issued in Sweden as the seat, will be enforceable and resist challenges. The insight gained was invaluable and the quality of speakers – leading Swedish practitioners and academics – superb. The program as an idea and in its execution is a testament to the innovative, forward-thinking approach for which SCC is known. It will assist in widening the pool of arbitrators while ensuring top quality, and is a worthy investment for anyone seeking to distinguish her or himself as an arbitrator for Sweden-seated arbitrations.”

Ema Vidak Gojković, Independent Counsel & Arbitrator, Vidak Arbitration

Who is eligible and how to apply? 

Course Participants: 25–28 arbitration lawyers with experience of international arbitration. We expect that participants have at least 10 years of practice in dispute resolution and are non-Swedish lawyers admitted to the bar in one or several jurisdictions. 

SAA and SCC select the participants after free examination if the course is oversubscribed. You are therefore asked to attach your CV in your application and in a personal letter justify why you should be accepted. 

Please e-mail your application to natalia.p@sccarbitrationinstitute.com.

The deadline for applying to the course is 10 March 2023

By applying to the course, you accept the cancellation terms and conditions as stipulated below. 


Along with the confirmation of participation, the applicant will be requested to pay the tuition fee to the following account within one week from the date of the confirmation:

Bank: Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ)
Beneficiary: Stockholms Handelskammares Service AB
Account No. (IBAN):SE69 5000 0000 0526 1100 1421
VAT No. SE556095795201

When effecting the payment, please indicate the applicant's name as reference.  

Cancellation policy

The organisers may in their discretion change the venue or cancel or postpone the training, informing the participants thereof once the decision on cancellation is taken. The application will be refunded in full if the course is cancelled by the organisers. In any case, the organisers shall not be liable for refunding the applicants’ travel or other costs incurred as a result of such cancellation. 

In case of cancellation by the applicant on or before 30 March 2023, the tuition fee is refunded less an administrative fee of 500 SEK. The applicant may transfer his/her participation to a colleague, subject to approval by the organizers.

In case of cancellation after 30 March 2023, the tuition fee is not refundable.

Data privacy policy

Applicants’ personal data will be processed in accordance with current legislation, and with reference to the General Data Protection Regulation[1], which entered into force on May 25, 2018.

For additional information please see SCC privacy policy.

COVID disclaimer

The course participants and the tutors shall be present physically. All present are expected not to have any symptoms which might be attributed to an ongoing covid-19 infection. The organisers do not require testing or vaccination evidence to be presented to the participants but trust the participants' common sense. 

The participants are recommended to acquire medical insurance covering the period of their stay in Sweden.  The participation is at the participants’ own risk. The organizers assume no liability for any loss, liability, damage, or expense suffered or incurred by any person in connection with the course. 

Questions and information about the course

For further information please send an e-mail to natalia.p@sccarbitrationinstitute.com. Natalia Petrik is responsible for coordinating 2023 edition of the Diploma Course. 


Charlotta Falkman, Robin Oldenstam, Christer Danielsson, Ginta Ahrel, James Hope, Maria Nisell, Natalia Petrik, Patricia Shaughnessy, Johan Sidklev, Kristoffer Löf, Eric M. Runesson, Kaj Hobér, Crina Baltag, Johan Strömbäck.