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Fall 2021

Course Description
This course focuses on complex negotiations and lawyering skills relevant to navigating the new era of globalization. The course focuses on the legal, policy and skill issues to complex international negotiations, in the context of current events such as global debates over international investment and the new NAFTA. This customized course is based on case studies derived from international arbitration proceedings and negotiations related to high profile cross-border investments in diverse industry sectors. Relevant topics will include cross-border contractual models (privatization, concessions and project finance), the roles of investors, lenders and governments, and techniques related to complex negotiations and crisis management. This course takes a multi-faceted, interactive approach in developing crucial written and oral presentation skills by requiring students to engage the course materials through: (1) class participation, (2) acting as counsel during a negotiation; and (3) preparation of a memorandum as a final exam. Students will act in-role as counsel through these practical exercises through more than 50% of the course 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 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 08-23-2021 - 12-01-2021  

Dates Day Time Room
10-18-2021 - 10-20-2021   MTW  12:30 PM-1:50 PM DL
10-21-2021 - 10-21-2021   R  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F108
10-22-2021 - 10-22-2021   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F108
10-23-2021 - 10-23-2021   S  10:00 AM-1:20 PM F108

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Preparation of a memorandum as a final exam. Due to the small number of meetings, attendance is mandatory.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Course Delivery:
Blended (part residential and part online)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Class 1: Complex International Negotiations and Cross-Border Investments (10/18; 12:30pm-1:50pm) Contract renegotiation and adaptation, World Bank Toolkit for PPPs in Roads and Highways, Mar. 2009 Robert P. Barnidge Jr, The International Law of Negotiation as a Means of Dispute Settlement, 36 Fordham Int’l L.J. 545, 2013 Overcoming Cultural Barriers in Negotiation, Harvard Law School, 2015 John Ikenberry, The Next Liberal Order: The Age of Contagion Demands More Internationalism, Not Less, 99 Foreign Affairs 4, 133-142, July 2020 Plama Consortium Limited v. Republic of Bulgaria, Aug. 27, 2008 (read in detail, including with respect to investment model and management of the investment, including the relevance of factual issues related to negotiations between the investor and state)

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

    2021 Syllabus - Complex International Negotiations.pdf