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Regulation and infrastructure of international commercial arbitration

LWM42

International Arbitration has emerged in the last hundred years as the principle method for the settlement for commercial disputes and was initially used predominantly in commercial matters but is now used in a variety of instances and is relevant for a large number of legal areas. In this course, in order to see how arbitration has evolved to the current important status it has acquired we will examine the subject matter in detail from a number of angles. We will define arbitration and look at the juridical nature of arbitration. We will also investigate arbitration agreements and tribunals as the course progresses through the modules.

Module A: Regulation and infrastructure of arbitration

LWM42A

  • Delimitation, definition and juridical nature
  • Institutional and regulatory infrastructure
  • Constitution, human rights and arbitration
  • Arbitration and the courts

Module B: Arbitration agreement

LWM42B

  • Autonomy, types, and applicable law
  • Formal and substantive validity
  • Interpretation of agreements
  • Drafting arbitration clauses

Module C: Arbitration tribunal

LWM42C

  • Selection and appointment of arbitrators
  • Rights and duties of arbitrators
  • Independence and impartiality of arbitrators
  • Challenge and removal of arbitrators

Module D: Investment arbitration and specialist arbitration

LWM42D

  • Arbitration with states and state-owned entities
  • Arbitration of investment disputes
  • Specialist and mixed arbitration
  • Online dispute resolution

Assessment

Each module will be assessed by a 45-minute unseen written examination.

Sequence

It is strongly recommended you complete Module A first.

How to apply

You can either apply for these modules individually or as part of the Postgraduate Laws programme. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime Law
  • Procedural Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

Study Material

Academic Co-ordinator

Professor Loukas Mistelis

Professor Loukas Mistelis

Professor Loukas Mistelis is the Course Convenor for Applicable Laws and Procedures in International Commercial Arbitration & Regulation and Infrastructure of International Commercial Arbitration. Loukas is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London, where he is Director of the School of International Arbitration and the Clive M Schmitthoff and Professor of Transnational Commercial Law and Arbitration. He co-ordinated the specialisations in International Commercial Law, Arbitration and Tax Law.