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Fall 2021

Course Description
This is an intensive course intended for two types of students: those who are generally interested in international business transactions and want an overview of the most frequent method for resolving contractual disputes, and those who are intending to go on to take more intensive courses in the field. This course is recommended for the following courses: Fall Semester: Advanced Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration; Advanced Topics in Arbitration: Theory; Drafting Complex Arbitration Clauses; Federal Arbitration Act; Forensics of Advocacy in International Arbitration I; International Arbitration in Latin America & the Caribbean; International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum I & II; International Commercial Arbitration Seminar: A United States Perspective; The Law of International Treaties. Spring Semester: Advanced Topics in Arbitration: Publication; Forensics of Advocacy in International Arbitration II; International Arbitration and the New York Convention; International Arbitration LL.M. Practicum I & II; International Investment Agreements; International Law of State Responsibility; Investment Arbitration; Transnational Litigation and International Arbitration with a European Nexus. 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
08-30-2021 - 09-02-2021   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F108
09-03-2021 - 09-03-2021   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F108
09-04-2021 - 09-04-2021   S  10:00 AM-1:20 PM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Plan of International Arbitration LL.M. or JD/International Arbitration. If you are an International Arbitration Joint JD/LL.M. or International Arbitration LL.M. student, you may enroll in this course through CaneLink. Enrollment is still possible if you are not an International Arbitration Joint JD/LL.M. or International Arbitration LL.M. student but by permission only. For permission, please contact Arlene Buchanan at
Grading: Graded
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Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
Short Course
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
International & Comparative Law - Specialized
Litigation - Related
Bar Subject(s): None
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: The Idea of Arbitration
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Jan Paulsson
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 9780199564170
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Lecture 1: The System of International Arbitration (Aug. 30, 80 min.) •Read Chapter 6 of The Idea of Arbitration pages 174 – 199 •Skim these Primary Sources: o1958 New York Convention o1976 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules o1985 UNCITRAL Model Law

    Students will be assigned readings from a textbook, Jan Paulsson, The Idea of Arbitration (Oxford University Press 2013), and from primary source materials. The primary source materials will be available on the Blackboard website.

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

    Final Syllabus - Basic Concepts (Fall 21).pdf



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