SOAS University of London

School of Law

International Commercial Arbitration

Module Code:
15PLAC153
Credits:
30
FHEQ Level:
7
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module students should:

Academic:

  • have detailed knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of international commercial arbitration;
  • have detailed understanding of the role and function of arbitrators and institutions in international commercial arbitration;
  • have detailed understanding of the workings of international commercial arbitration;
  • be able to evaluate the relationship between the various legal regimes in international commercial arbitration and its trans-national nature;
  • be able to determine and apply arbitral principles, laws and rules to factual scenarios;
  • understand the peculiar attributes and practice of arbitration in maritime, trade and construction disputes;
  • be able to apply the knowledge gained in professional practice.


Non-academic Skills:

  • be equipped to deal with legal issues under pressure of time and space – assessed through the written examination;
  • research skills – know where to find materials as needed – assessed through essay and problem based questions in the examination;
  • structure output from research in an accessible manner – assessed through both essay and problem based questions in the examination;
  • identify relevant facts from fiction – assessed through problem based questions in the examination;
  • teamwork skills – imparted through participation in moots and mock arbitration sessions;
  • communication (written and verbal) skills – assessed through written examinations and imparted through moot or mock arbitration sessions;
  • presentation (written and verbal) skills – assessed through written examinations and imparted through moot or mock arbitration sessions.

Workload

  • Weekly 2 hour lecture

Method of assessment

  • Essay: 30% (3000 words)
  • Skeletal Argument: 20% (2000 words)
  • Essay: 30% (3000 words)
  • Seminar participation: 20% (10 seminars)

Suggested reading

There is no one textbook recommended for this module but a list will be provided to the students for guidance. The primary materials will be the international conventions, national laws, arbitration rules, court decisions and arbitral awards that will be examined in the seminars.

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