LAIAC is designed for professionals who already deal or seek to deal with international arbitration, and advanced students. The program is not restricted to lawyers in private practice, it is also suited for in-house counsel and government or public sector professionals who deal with arbitration.

Applications will be received during two periods. Candidates are encouraged to apply during the first application period if they want to secure their spot on this program as less participants will be admitted during the second round of application.

The 2020 LAIAC edition will take place in Buenos Aires from 20 July 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Applications and deadlines

Applications periods and deadlines for the 2020 edition of LAIAC are:

  • First Round
    • Application period: 20 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 midnight, Buenos Aires time  (GMT – 3)
    • 45 participants will be admitted in the First Round of applications.
  • Second Round
    • Application period: 15 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 midnight, Buenos Aires time (GMT – 3)
    • 15 participants will be admitted in the Second Round of applications.

Application Procedure

Applicants shall submit a complete file via the Geneva Summer Schools' application page. Please read carefully the instructions provided there.

The following documents will be required:

  • A completed online application form;

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae/résumé;

  • A personal statement/essay demonstrating the applicant's interest in the field of international arbitration, including concrete examples if possible (Max. 500 words);

  • One letter of recommendation from either an academic (teachers/supervisors) or a professional. Scanned copies are accepted.
  • Applicants wishing to be considered for a partial or full scholarship should submit a separate personal statement (500 words max) demonstrating a need for financial aid as well as their academic or professional excellence.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documents are effectively accessible (e.g. no password protection) via a web link, as required on the application page. Application deadlines will be striclty enforced. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Who should apply?

The course is primarily designed for:

  • Lawyers in private practice and in-house counsel wishing to develop their arbitration knowledge, advocacy skills, and international background;
  • Government and public sector officials, such as treaty negotiators and drafters or in-house State lawyers working in areas of dispute settlement;
  • Advanced law students enrolled in a postgraduate degree, for example PhD and Master students.


Decisions on applications for the first round will be communicated by 10 March 2020.

Decisions on applications for the second round will be communicated by 8 May 2020.

Upon notification of admission, successful applicants will have 10 days to pay a non-refundable 1st instalment of USD 100. The deposit will be deducted from the tuition fees. The remaining sum shall be paid within the next 20 days. All banking information will be provided to successful applicants within the admission email.

Successful applicants are also encouraged to begin their visa applications as soon as they are admitted to LAIAC.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fee for LAIAC is USD 2’000.

Government officials benefit from a reduced tuition fee of USD 1’600 .

Students benefit from a reduced tuition fee of USD 1’200 subject to them providing a proof of affiliation to an academic institution/university.

The tuition fees include all program materials and daytime refreshments. They do not cover accommodation nor travel expenses.

Thanks to the support of generous sponsors, LAIAC offers a limited number of scholarships in the form of full and partial fee waivers. These scholarships will be available for outstanding applicants who demonstrate a need for financial aid. Scholarship requests are to be indicated in the personal statement.


Attendance to LAIAC

All participants having fully attended the program will receive a LAIAC Certificate of Attendance with indication of equivalence in European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (4 ECTS credits).

More information about ECTS credits is available here.