This course provides a rigorous introduction to the field of international commercial arbitration, which has become the default means of settling international disputes. The course will deal with the internationalist elements of the subject matter, but will also examine international commercial arbitration from an American perspective. Students can expect to review both foreign and US commentaries, statutes and case law on the subject. The course will comprise of five main topics: (1) an introduction to the field of international commercial arbitration; (2) the agreement to arbitrate; (3) the arbitrators; (4) the arbitration process; and (5) the arbitral award. The course will also cover in brief the law of foreign investment and the pivotal role of arbitration both in resolving disputes and developing the law in that area.
The textbook should be: Várady, Barceló and von Mehren, International Commercial Arbitration, A Transnational Perspective (5th Edition).