Program Information

International Participants


We recommend that international participants apply to the Seminar at least 5 weeks before the Seminar starts.

Seminar Co-Sponsors

Cooperating Institutions

Third Annual Seminar on International Commericial Arbitration

How to Handle a BIT Arbitration

Washington, DC
October 9-12, 2006
Earn up to 22 CLE credits (26 if NY)

This four-day intensive seminar based on a mock arbitration case will provide critical skills and practical insight into handling BIT arbitration cases primarily under the auspices of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The faculty, composed of leading practitioners in the field, will draw upon their experience as arbitrators and litigators to give detailed practical guidance on the various stages of the arbitration, including: preliminary steps in ICSID Arbitration; preparatory conference and arbitral procedure; the arbitration request; the answer to the arbitration request; selection and rights and duties of arbitrators; evidentiary issues; the arbitral award; and enforcement of arbitral awards. Through dynamic interactive lectures and scenario-based exercises, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups in constant debate with international experts and will be taught skills, strategies, and tactics for successfully conducting a BIT arbitration.

The Washington College of Law's International Arbitration Program has developed an annual advanced practical seminar with the purpose of training legal practitioners in the management of cases under the rules of arbitration of our co-sponsoring institutions. The First Annual Seminar, held in 2004, centered mainly on a mock arbitration case under the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Arbitration Rules. The Second Annual Seminar took place in September of 2005 and focused primarily on how to handle a construction case primarily under the International Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. This year's seminar will feature sessions that are principally from the perspective of the ICSID Rules of Arbitration.

Current Law Students May Also Participate!

Current J.D. students may participate in the International Arbitration Seminar as observers.
LLM students can fully participate in the seminar.

JD and LL.M. students register with Student Application, and pay reduced fee!