Awards come in all shapes and sizes, languages and styles. Common to all of them, however, is the paramount concern for the award to be enforceable. That is a key responsibility of the arbitral tribunal.

This course unpacks what it takes to render an enforceable award, and takes participants beyond to consider the hallmarks of an excellent award. In doing so, our international faculty of seasoned arbitrators draws on decades of experience in arbitrating disputes, scrutinising awards at multiple arbitral institutions, and assisting some of the greatest names in the field with their own cases.

Participants may choose to complete their learning experience with an additional module on the role of tribunal secretaries.


The course lasts two months and is delivered remotely. It will kick off in the week of 11 September 2023 and cover the following six topics through a series of weekly workshops with members of the faculty:

1.    Arbitrator conduct of the proceeding, in light of its relevance to the award
2.   Outline of the award
3.   Positions of the parties and the need for reasoning
4.   Drafting styles and audiences
5.   The money
6.   Petita (what is being claimed)

There will be several sessions in the relevant week for each topic to assist with scheduling. Sessions will typically cover ET and CET time zones or CET and SGT time zones, depending on the location of the faculty, and last 60-90mn. Sessions will include a teaching component on the topic and a group discussion, and smaller groups will be formed with participants on the tailored track (see below).

The course will conclude in the week of 30 October with a fireside chat with a leading arbitrator and an online social event with the faculty.

For participants who wish to take the experience of the course further, there will be two additional modules in November focusing on the role of tribunal secretaries, which will cover both formal and effectiveness considerations.


The course fees are EUR 380 excl. VAT. For participants wanting a more tailored experience, including goal-setting and smaller groups per session, the course fees are EUR 490 excl. VAT. The course fees for the additional modules on tribunal secretaries are EUR 140 excl. VAT. You can only enrol on the additional modules on tribunal secretaries if you are taking the course on writing awards. Delos full Members receive a 20% discount on all course fees. See below for further information on VAT and special needs situations.


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If you consider that you have a special needs situation, you can raise this with Delos confidentially by writing to wawa@delosdr.org and apply for a discount or sponsorship. Please note that, once payment has been made, no refund will be processed; but the registration can be transferred to another participant with Delos's agreement.

About VAT: the WAWA courses are subject to the VAT rules applicable in the UK. The rate is 20%. This gets applied if you are (i) based in the UK or (ii) paying for the course yourself, in your individual capacity, wherever you may be – as opposed to doing so through or on behalf of a non-UK law firm or other business. If you are paying for the course through or on behalf of a non-UK law firm or non-UK business, we may ask you to provide us with your EU VAT number or, if you are outside of the EU, your law firm or company registration number, or to demonstrate through other means that you are a business.


We are grateful for the support of the following organisations in offering this course:

About WAWA. The programme comprises four remote learning courses: Written Advocacy Part I (M&A), Part II (ESG) and Part III (Energy), and Writing Awards. It is targeted primarily at law firm associates and young partners with an arbitration practice.