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International Litigation & Arbitration Certification

Definition and Purpose

International Litigation and Arbitration Certification logo“International litigation and arbitration” is the practice of law dealing with disputes in court or arbitration arising from the relations between or among states and international organizations as well as the relations between or among nationals of different states, or between a state and a national of another state. The purpose of the standards is to identify those lawyers who have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as board certified in international litigation and arbitration.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for international litigation and arbitration law certification, provided in Rule 6-31.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of international litigation and arbitration during the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Substantial involvement in a minimum of 16 contested international litigation and arbitration matters during the eight years immediately preceding application;
  • 50 hours of approved continuing legal education in the field of international litigation and arbitration in the five years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and
  • A written examination

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The filing period for the initial application opens September 1, 2020.  Applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2020. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2021 exam. If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


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