LAW Arbitration of Domestic and International Disputes

Prof. Christopher Gibson,

3 credits day; 3 credits evening.


This course explores the key legal and practical issues encountered when resolving disputes through domestic and international arbitration. Arbitration is a private means of dispute resolution where the parties agree to follow private dispute-settlement procedures and to be bound by the decision of an arbitrator of their choice, whose decision in a final award has the same legal force as a court judgment. The arbitration field is an exciting and growing area of practice. Arbitration is often favored in international disputes because each of the involved parties does not want to find itself facing a dispute in the foreign courts of the other party's country. This course intends to convey a thorough understanding of the law and practice of arbitration - including practical, doctrinal and policy aspects. There will be critical review and discussion of relevant treaties, statutes, rules, institutions, national and international cases, and awards, while considering the more global question concerning the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution. The course focuses on advocacy skills, and there are numerous (required) opportunities during the class to role-play in mock arbitration scenes.

Faculty comments: The final grade for this course is based on two components: 25% on the in-class advocacy exercises and a written assignment (there will be an ongoing mock arbitration during which students will act as counsel for the parties); and 75% on a take home final exam.

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Meets Skills Menu Requirement

pointer    Meets Civil Litigation Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets Health/Biomedical Concentration Requirements

pointer    Meets International Law Concentration Requirements

pointer    Take Home Exam Required

<<Course Updated: March 15, 2016>>