International Commercial Arbitration

Key information

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FHEQ Level
School of Law

Module overview

This module will equip you with the knowledge of the law and practice of international commercial arbitration which you can apply effectively in your professional practice.

Objectives and learning outcomes


  • Have detailed knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis of international arbitration
  • Have detailed understanding of the role and function of arbitrators and institutions in international arbitration
  • Have detailed understanding of the practical workings of international commercial arbitration
  • Be able to evaluate the relationship between the various legal regimes in international arbitration and its trans-national nature
  • Be able to determine and apply arbitral principles, laws and rules to factual scenarios
  • 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
  • Research skills – know where to find materials as needed
  • Structure output from research in an accessible manner
  • Identify and distill relevant facts from given scenario
  • Teamwork skills
  • Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Presentation skills (written and oral)


  • Weekly 2-hour seminar

Method of assessment

  • Research essay: 10% (1000 words)
  • Skeletal argument: 30% (2000 words)
  • Final award: 40% (3000 words)
  • Oral submission: 20%

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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