International Arbitration: Practical Skills

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WED 3:30 - 5:20 pm TNH 3.115

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In the global economy of the 21st century, arbitration is the dispute resolution procedure of choice for many international business transactions. This course teaches the principles of effective client representation in international arbitration. Through some traditional (and not so traditional) teaching methods students will learn substantive law and practical written and oral advocacy techniques and practice with detailed real world problems. The first half of the semester will be spent learning some basic substantive law including the U.N. Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), and the key principles of international commercial arbitration. The second half of the semester will focus on developing the practical skills needed to represent your client in an international arbitration. The practical exercises–including writing a claimant’s brief, outlining a respondent’s brief, and presentations of oral arguments will all be centered around the same hypothetical, but quite detailed and real, international contractual dispute. Grading will be based on class participation, writing assignments and presentations of oral arguments. There is no mid-term or final exam. This class will meet once a week for two hours; however, individual coaching and practice time will also be an essential part of this course. Enrollment has been limited to a maximum of 12 students. There are no course prerequisites. Students who have had, or are taking, an international arbitration, and/or a trial or appellate advocacy course will find that experience helpful. Students who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to try out for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot competition in Vienna, Austria, which will take place in April.