Specialized Summer Program on International Commercial Arbitration

May 30 - June 26, 2023

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Summer Guest Speaker SEries in International Arbitration 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 join the summer program (from May 30 to June 26, including the exam period). 

Networking activities such as coffee hours, luncheons, and site visits to D.C. law firms and institutions provide participants with ample opportunities to network beyond the classroom setting.

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 duration of the program. 


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

diploma and Certificate of attendance

This program has either a Diploma or a Certificate of Attendance track. To earn the Diploma, participants must be enrolled in at least three courses and pass the exams (24-hour take-home).

Those participants who take less than three courses or do not take the final 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 wish to enroll in our summer program for academic credits do not require a special application. Please register through Eagle Service. See Academic Calendar for registration dates. Visiting J.D. students must complete the registration form available here.

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