The course will cover the law and practice of international commercial arbitration through participation in mock international arbitration workshops, assigned readings from the casebook and lectures. Workshop classes will structured around student role play and class participation in mock arbitration proceedings. Students will be assigned to play the role of counsel to one of the parties or an arbitrator in the proceedings. Depending on the number of students enrolled, each student will be assigned one or two workshops in which to play a presenting role.
The topics covered by the course will include a brief history of international commercial arbitration, the content and effect of the arbitration agreement, authority to arbitrate, arbitrator qualifications, independence and conduct, appointment and challenge of the arbitrators, the arbitral proceedings, choice of law, the content and enforcement of the award and challenges to the award.