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Postgraduate Course: International Commercial Arbitration (LAWS11317)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to provide a firm grounding in the legal aspects of ad hoc and institutional international arbitration as well as offering practical skills on how to conduct such arbitrations.

It will include a range of topics including:

an introduction to arbitration
applicable laws
arbitration clauses
the arbitral tribunal
the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal
the conduct of arbitral proceedings
the role of the national courts
the award, challenges to the award, and recognition and enforcement of the arbitral award.

The course is aimed at those who are interested in acquiring a detailed understanding of how transnational disputes are resolved and knowledge of the legal environment which facilitates such a process. The primary focus will be on international commercial arbitration in practice, combining a substantive legal understanding together with a practitioner's perspective.
Course description Session 1: An introduction to arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
Session 2: The features of international commercial arbitration
Session 3: The arbitration agreement
Session 4: The arbitral tribunal
Session 5: Arbitration procedure
Session 6: Arbitration and applicable law
Session 7: National courts in international commercial arbitration
Session 8: Investment arbitration
Session 9: The award- challenges to the award
Session 10: Recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Please contact the distance learning team at
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. a sound understanding of the main international legal instruments used to regulate international commercial arbitration;
  2. a firm substantive and practical understanding of international commercial arbitration;
  3. developed written and oral skills, including the clear succinct expression of ideas;
  4. developed research skills and techniques in the field of international commercial arbitration.
Reading List
The core textbook is Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration 5th Ed (available on Westlaw) Every session will involve the study of a chapter of this work as core reading with a number of associated readings consisting of caselaw, international legal materials and scholarly articles.

A list of key module readings will be available in advance of the module. Detailed reading lists are then available each week.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop their skills and abilities in:

1. Research and enquiry, through e.g. selecting and deploying appropriate research techniques;
2. Personal and intellectual autonomy, e.g. developing the ability to independently assess the relevance and importance of primary and secondary sources;
3. Communication, e.g. skills in summarising and communicating information and ideas effectively in written form;
4. Personal effectiveness, e.g. working constructively as a member of an online community;
5. Students will also develop their technical/practical skills, throughout the module, e.g. in articulating, evidencing and sustaining a line of argument, and engaging in a convincing critique of another¿s arguments.
Special Arrangements This course is taught by distance learning.
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is taught by distance learning.
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Course organiserMiss Lorna Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5563
Course secretaryMs Clare Polson
Tel: (0131 6)51 9704
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