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Spring 2020

Course Description
The United States and the European Union have the largest bilateral trade relationship and enjoy the most integrated economic relationship in the world. This course will provide students with an overview on the legal instruments governing transnational litigation and international commercial arbitration proceedings that frequently arise out of these close transatlantic economic ties. This course will discuss the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, the Brussels and Rome regimes which govern areas of jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, and choice-of-law, as well as various other European legal provisions that are of great importance in the area of transnational litigation and international arbitration. The course will also address peculiar issues arising from the involvement of European states and nationals in arbitration pertaining to foreign investment. In light of the strong transatlantic economic relationships and the growing globalization of the legal practice, topics discussed in this course have important practical applications for U.S. lawyers. This course is designed for students who are generally interested in international business transactions and would like to deepen their knowledge of transnational litigation and international arbitration, as well as for students who intend to specialize in this field. This course will enable students to anticipate and recognize issues arising from transnational litigation and international arbitration in a European context, and to develop approaches to minimizing the risks associated with them. It is the overall goal of this course to better prepare students to meet the demands of the global business community.

Short Course Attendance Policy: Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a one-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 02-03-2020 - 02-08-2020  

Dates Day Time Room
02-03-2020 - 02-06-2020   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM A110
02-07-2020 - 02-07-2020   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM A110
02-08-2020 - 02-08-2020   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM A110

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Session 1: Monday, February 03, 2020 (12.30-1.50 pm) • Brief overview on the European Union and other relevant European organizations Reading assignment: • Brief overview on the History of the European Union ( • Additional reading (optional): o About the European Union ( o The European Union Explained* (Video) (

    Please see the syllabus for course materials.

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    Additional Information:
    For any additional questions, please contact Alexandria Sellers at

    Syllabus (Spring 2020) (002).pdf