Arbitration class

Learning arbitration can be fun. Really!



We work hard to make learning Arbitration fun.  It is easier to learn when you are not suffering from boredom or brain overload with dry detailed material.  Somehow we have managed over the years to make our arbitration training classes interesting and a few students have even called it “exciting”.  Our course is a generic arbitration course which qualifies students for being arbitrators in a wide range of disputes and helps lawyers and others understand and be comfortable working in an arbitration process.  Arbitration is a method of deciding disputes in a private forum which works very differently from court.

It is not Labour Arbitration, but Labour Arbitrators have found the course very helpful for learning arbitration skills and better understanding their role as arbitrators.  The  Ontario Arbitrator Training course is held at the Ontario Bar Association education facility at 20 Toronto Street in downtown Toronto. The next course will run the week of June 20th, 2016.  Classes include a working gourmet lunch each day with the cost of meals, refreshments and course certificates from the ADR Institute of Ontario included in the course registration fee.

The classes include a  Thursday Mock Arbitration hearing. A Mock Arbitration is where the students take over the class for most of the day.  A Mock Arbitration is a simulated full arbitration hearing.  Some students play parties and witnesses including expert witnesses.  Some are arbitrators on a panel of three and the rest play lawyers who question witnesses and make legal argument to the Arbitration Tribunal who attempt to control the proceedings with a gavel as their only weapon.  Gavels are not used in Ontario Courts but they are used in Arbitration. The arbitrators give their decision with reasons the next morning at the final class.  The course instructor Murray Miskin provides critical feedback on Friday at the last class after the Mock Arbitration is over.  Some students play legal counsel, some are witnesses and some are Arbitrators.   Role assignments will be based on student requests and the instructors efforts at balancing the proceedings so either side has a good chance of winning the case.

The course will include all required content as approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario for Arbitrator membership and Certification and by the Law Society of Upper Canada for CPD credits for lawyers and paralegals. We are also including material related to Family Law as arbitration is now playing a greater role in Ontario Family Law.    Graduates will be qualified (subject to an online ethics test) to apply for the Q. Arb designation of the ADR Institute of Canada which is recognized nationally.



Murray Harrison Miskin, B.A., J.D.

Murray H. Miskin B.A., J.D. – Greater Toronto, Ontario Canada based Arbitrator and Arbitration Teacher


Murray Miskin is one of Canada’s most well known domestic and international arbitrators. He graduated Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto in 1979 and has been a practicing lawyer in Ontario, Canada since 1981 working mainly in civil litigation.  He became actively involved in conflict resolution through arbitration as a lawyer soon after his call to the Bar and has taught arbitration courses since 1985.  As a junior lawyer at a Toronto law firm in 1984, Murray Miskin was asked to develop course materials and teach an advanced arbitration course for the Arbitrators Institute of Ontario.  A similar course had not been offered for several years.  Murray Miskin developed a new course which became the model for arbitration training in Canada.  The Miskin courses were first taught at the University of Toronto through the School of Continuing Studies for the Arbitrators’ Institute of Canada which has evolved into the ADR Institute of Canada. He continues to be the primary arbitration instructor in Ontario for the ADR Institute Certified, “Comprehensive Arbitration Training Course” now offered annually in June in downtown Toronto. Additional specialized courses are being developed in Family Law Arbitration and Condominium Arbitration.

Murray Miskin first acted as an arbitrator in 1987 when selected by two of his former students, who were experienced real estate brokers and arbitrators, to chair a three member arbitration tribunal for a commercial lease renewal rent dispute. Since then Murray has been arbitrator in a number of construction arbitrations, employment and other commercial arbitrations, and also family law, estate and environmental arbitrations.  In the mid 1990s Murray conducted his first international arbitration hearing in Toronto, after being appointed by the court in Florida to determine a franchise product contract dispute with a Florida based franchisor and a Canadian franchisee.

When the current Condominium Act for Ontario came into effect in 2001 bringing mandatory mediation and arbitration of all condominium disputes Murray became extensively involved in condominium arbitration.  He has arbitrated a large number of condominium cases. His condominium litigation experience goes back to 1982 in a dispute over construction quality between the unit owners and the developers of 110 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Murray Miskin was ready to enter this new ADR field as soon as plans were made for mandatory mediation and arbitration of condominium disputes before the enactment of the Condominium Act of 1998 which became law in Ontario in 2001.  Between 1998 and and 2001 he presented seminars in the condominium industry about the new procedures and trained leading condominium lawyers in Arbitration. He went on to arbitrate many condominium cases since the Condominium Act was proclaimed.  Only one of his decisions was appealed with the decision fully upheld by the Judge hearing the appeal and again by the Ontario Court of Appeal which denied leave to appeal. Murray Miskin has applied his own personal experience as a condominium resident in Toronto and in Peterborough and three years as the first President of a large Toronto condominium’s Board of Directors.  He has recently been appointed to take over as arbitrator in a condominium dispute where the original arbitrator has been appointed a judge and had to withdraw from the case, creating a difficult transition requiring special skills from the new arbitrator.  He has carefully used mediation and other efforts to successfully resolve disputes while acting as arbitrator

Murray Miskin has organized a group of Ontario condominium ADR practitioners whose website is    This group includes both senior, intermediate and junior arbitrators and mediators whose services are offered at three price levels to provide a comprehensive ADR panel for condominium disputes across the Province of Ontario.  The same panel is also involved in online dispute resolution (ODR).

Murray Miskin has received international recognition and has won awards  in the field of arbitration, mediation and ADR, and is conducting more international commercial arbitrations. The international work includes arbitrator training in the Caribbean which is being planned with a course to be offered in Nassau Bahamas or in Trinidad under development.  Mr. Miskin was in Trinidad and Grenada in 2015 taking steps towards building the Caribbean arbitration market.  He visited Nassau in the Bahamas in 2016 where there are hopes of developing a major international arbitration centre.  He operates three Caribbean nation focused ADR websites, and  He attended the 2014 American Bar Association (ABA) dispute resolution conference in Miami as a representative of the Canadian Bar Association’s National ADR Section Executive, and was Program Chair for the ABA annual dispute resolution conference held April 2015 in Seattle.  Murray Miskin is ready to travel as needed to conduct arbitrations or provide arbitration training. Our closest major urban centre for arbitration is Toronto, Ontario Canada where Murray regularly conducts arbitrations and offers arbitration courses. The next course will be in June 2016 and demand for the course continues to grow.  Murray Miskin is a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society.

Call 416-492-0989 or toll free 1-877-428-8000 for further information about Murray Miskin’s ADR services and availability.

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