Specialized Summer Program on
International Commercial Arbitration

May 30 - June 26, 2023

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About the Program

Taught by leading practitioners and arbitrators from around the world, the International Commercial Arbitration Specialized Summer Program is a unique and concentrated three-week certificate program that addresses fundamental issues of international commercial arbitration from a theoretical and a practical point of view. Students enrolled in our law school's J.D. or LL.M. programs may take the summer courses over a duration of four weeks, which includes an exam period (total program period is from May 30 to June 26). 

Networking activities such as coffee hours, luncheons, and site visits to D.C. law firms provide participants opportunities to meet with faculty experts and practitioners.

The summer program is one of the annual events hosted by the Center on International Commercial Arbitration. The Center is directed by Horacio A. Grigera Naón, a renowned independent international arbitrator and former secretary general of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

The entire 2023 summer program will take place in-person in Washington, D.C. Participants may opt to stay in the American University dormitory at Cassell Hall during the classes. 


The following courses will take place from May 30 to June 8, 2023:

  • Evidence in international arbitration
  • Damages & Compensation in International Arbitration
  • International Arbitration and Choice-of-Law Issues
  • Corruption, Illegality, and Misconduct in International Arbitration  
  • Mediation: Theory & Practice

All courses have a duration of 14 hours (equivalent to one academic credit)
The following courses will be offered in Spanish (June 5 to 15, 2023):

  • Arbitraje Comercial Internacional
  • Arbitraje Inversionista Estado
  • Aspectos Prácticos del Proceso Arbitral


To earn a certificate of completion participants must take at least 3 courses and pass the exams (24 hour-take home.) Those not wishing to take the exams will receive a certificate of attendance.


The Summer Program is open to:

  1. Foreign Attorneys for a certificate of completion (Diploma) or attendance.
  2. U.S. Practitioners for a certificate of completion (Diploma) or attendance.
  3. WCL & Visiting J.D. and LL.M. candidates for academic credit. 

WCL J.D. or LL.M. Students who would to take summer courses for academic credit do not require a special application. Please enroll through Eagle Service. See Academic Calendar for more information. Visiting J.D. students, must complete the registration form available here.

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