The course will cover the law and practice of international commercial arbitration through casebook studies and participation in a semester-long mock international arbitration. Although, the course will draw upon the assigned readings as background for the class discussion, a portion of most classes will also involve student participation through role play as counsel or tribunal in selected events within a mock arbitration.
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 of the arbitrators, the arbitral proceedings, choice of law and the content and enforcement of the award.
There will be an end-of-the semester, scheduled examination. The student’s grade for the course will be a factor of the final exam, as well as overall class participation.