Guide to Student Opportunities in Arbitration
Fall 2013

Course Offerings in International Arbitration

WCL presents one of the most diverse and complete course offerings on international commercial arbitration in the United States. These courses emphasize the analysis and study of theoretical legal issues as well as specific questions frequently found in real life arbitral cases.

International Commercial Arbitration                        

Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) Arbitration

International Commercial Arbitration Fundamentals

International Litigation & Arbitration                       

Dispute Resolution Involving Sovereigns     

International Sales

Investment under Regional Trade Agreements

Investment under Regional Trade Agreements     

International Law Under Foreign Investments     

Dispute Resolution under Regional Trade Agreements

International Sales                                               

Summer Courses:

Advanced Seminar: Practical Skills and Cross-Examination
in International Arbitration                            

International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues

Contributions of the ICC Court of Arbitration to the
Practice of International Commercial Arbitration     

Nuts and Bolts of International Commercial Arbitration

Investor-State Arbitration    

Advocacy In International Commercial Arbitration  

                                   
Summer Courses in Spanish:

Arbitraje Comercial Internacional                                                     

Arbitraje Inversionista – Estado       

Seminario Avanzado: Aspectos Prácticos del Proceso
Arbitral
           

LAW- 789-3 credits (Spring & Fall)

LAW-927-2 credits (Spring & Fall)

LAW-679-001 (Fall)

LAW-677-3 credits (Spring)

LAW-795-2 credits (Spring)

LAW-973- 3 credits

LAW-953-2 credits (Fall)

LAW-953-2 credits

LAW-954-2 credits

LAW-691-001- 3 credits

Law-973-001 - 3 credits (Fall)



LAW-795-1 credit (summer)

LAW-795-1 credit (summer)


LAW-795-1 credit (summer)

LAW-789-001– 1 credit (summer)

LAW- 795-017– 1 credit (summer)

LAW 795FF 001 – 1 credit (summer)


LAW-789-002 1 credit (summer)



LAW-789-018S 1 credit (summer)

LAW-795-019S 1 credit (summer)

Work Experience in International Commercial Arbitration:

There are a variety of opportunities to gain work experience in international arbitration at WCL and in summer placements.

At the Center on International Commercial Arbitration:

  • Dean's Fellowships:
    Students have an opportunity for paid employment and can support the activities of the Center, work with faculty experts and foreign visitors participating in arbitration activities, and help with research and other activities. Dean’s fellowships are available in the spring, summer, and fall. Dean's Fellowships are advertised via MyWCL in December for the spring, in April for the summer, and in August for the fall.
  • Center on International Commercial Arbitration Research Team:
    The Center receives applications from students every semester (spring and fall) to participate on its Research Team. As a member of the Research Team students conduct extensive research under the supervision of the Center’s faculty to produce a paper or comment for potential publication. The Center accepts group and individual applications. Students can gain academic credit for this project by following WCL’s independent study guidelines and/or using it for your upper level writing requirement. The Center selects candidates in November-December for the spring and in May for the fall. The Center advertises this opportunity through MyWCL in December for the spring and in April for the fall. Please note that there is no compensation available for participation in this project, rather, the project aims to support your efforts in getting published.

Internship Placements Reserved for WCL students:

  • ICC International Court of Arbitration Summer Internship, Paris
  • American Arbitration Association ICDR Summer Internship, Washington-New York
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Summer Internship, Hong Kong
  • Sergio Bermudes Summer Internship, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Moot Competitions:

For students interested in practicing arbitration, moot competitions can prove to be a valuable experience.

  • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition Held annually in Vienna, Austria and Hong-Kong
    The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition helps foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client. Over the course of six months, students prepare a memorandum for claimant and respondent and compete in oral arguments against nearly 250 teams of law students from all over the world. Students are encouraged to contact the Mock Trial Honor Society emailing mocktrialhonorsociety@gmail.com.
  • Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court Competition
    The Competition is a simulated hearing before an arbitration tribunal set up according to the rules of the International Convention for the Settlement of Investment (ICSID.) The moot court is hosted by the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main and will takes place March 10-15. 2013. For additional information please send an email to sdr@wcl.american.edu
  • National Law School International Arbitration Moot
    Held in Bangalore, India, by the National Law School in partnership with Clifford Chance, the competition aims to promote arbitration as a method of dispute resolution in international commercial relationships. If you are interested in the competition, please contact arbitration@wcl.american.edu

  • ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition
    Held annually in Paris, France, the ICC Mediation Competition helps educate and train future mediators and arbitrators by giving students a chance to test their problem-solving skills against law students from all over the world and to meet experts from diverse legal and professional backgrounds. Teams have successfully represented WCL since the competition was established in 2006. In fact, the team representing WCL won the 2007 competition. Students interested in learning more about the competition should send an e-mail to adr@wcl.american.edu.

Moot Competitions in Spanish:

Competencia de Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión
The competition, co-organized by American University Washington College of Law, the Arbitration and Conciliation Center of the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce and the Externado University in Colombia, promotes the study of international investment protection law and arbitration as its preferred dispute resolution mechanism. Sponsors include the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The competition will take place March 12-16, 2014 in Washington, DC. f you are interested in the competition, please contact arbitration@wcl.american.edu


Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje Comercial
The Sixth International Commercial Arbitration Competition will take place in Bogota, Colombia October 3-7, 2013.  The competition, which is organized by the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and University of El Rosario (Colombia), aims to promote the study of international commercial law and arbitration as a method of dispute resolution in international business and is conducted only in Spanish. For more information, please email arbitration@wcl.american.edu

Moot Madrid
The competition, which is organized by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (CNUDMI/UNCITRAL), aims to promote the study of international commercial law and arbitration as a method of dispute resolution in international business and is conducted only in Spanish. If you are interested in the competition, please contact arbitration@wcl.american.edu


Student Organizations:

  • International Commercial Arbitration Society
    In April 2011 a group of JD and LLM students created the International Arbitration Society. This organization seeks to provide a forum for research in the field of international arbitration and the interaction between the community of J.D, LL.M, Exchange Students and Alumni interested or practicing in the field of international arbitration. For more information please contact arbitration@wcl.american.edu

  • Society for Dispute Resolution:
    The Society for Dispute Resolution is a student organization dedicated to promoting student interest in ADR at the Washington College of Law. The Society serves to help students gain an understanding of and promote the use of ADR as an effective alternative to litigation. The group provides students with the opportunity to hear from prominent ADR experts in the field and to participate in local mediation training and competitions. The Society also participates in events sponsored by ADR groups at other area law schools. For more information, please send an email to adr@wcl.american.edu
  • International Trade and Investment Law Society (ITILS):
    The International Trade and Investment Law Society aims to bring highly renowned practitioners and academics into the WCL environment to share knowledge and ideas and offer students unique and intellectually beneficial opportunities. Not only is ITILS one of the most successful and engaged student groups here at WCL, but its members have gone on to create waves in the trade community here in D.C. and abroad.  For more information, please send an email to itils.wcl+pres@gmail.com

Publications:

Arbitration Brief
The Brief is a student publication of the Washington College of Law produced with the assistance of the Center for International Commercial Arbitration. Its purpose is to provide timely insights into developments in the field and to highlight trends and practices occurring around the globe. The Brief welcomes pieces from both practitioners and students. For more information please send an email to wclarbitrationbrief@gmail.com

For more information about the Center on International Commercial Arbitration, please contact: Susana Castiglione, Assistant Director, Center on International Commercial Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016, Telephone (202) 274-4321, Facsimile (202) 274-4226, E-mail:arbitration@wcl.american.edu, Website:www.wcl.american.edu/arbitration

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