LL.M. Specialization International Commercial Arbitration

The specialization in International Commercial Arbitration is designed to educate and train students in the theory and practice of International Commercial Arbitration by focusing on procedural and substantive law issues that arise in the practice of international commercial arbitration, as well as foreseeable future developments.

Students will acquire working knowledge of the legal principles and practical implications underlying international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration. Students will learn, among other skills, to negotiate and draft arbitration clauses, claims and responses. They will also learn strategies to perform in arbitration hearings, and key aspects of the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Professors include Horacio A. Grigera Naón, independent international arbitrator and former Secretary General of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce; Susan Franck, Professor of law; Claudia Frutos-Peterson, Adjunct Professor, Managing Partner, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP;  Nigel Blackaby, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; and Luke Sobota, Partner, Three Crowns.  

The law school, through its location in Washington, D.C. and international connections, offers a variety of unparalleled experiential learning opportunities that enable students to work with influential practitioners in the field. Students can participate in various research projects through the Arbitration Brief or compete in international moot competitions and enrolled in innovative courses in English and Spanish. WCL has a close-knit network of alumni working in the fields in law firms and arbitral institutions.

The law school's International Legal Studies LLM Program prepares lawyers to meet new international law challenges and become leaders in the global practice of law. The LLM program is intellectually and culturally diverse, and is consistently recognized as one of the top international law programs in the nation. More

“International Arbitration is a surprisingly creative field and not necessarily bound by the rules. The Arbitration Center’s events, seminars and panels are excellent ways to learn the inner workings of the industry and to play an active role in helping to shape its future”

J. Hess ‘99