Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Global Disputes Practicum (CANCELLED) (LAW-835-001)
Charles Kotuby, Luke Sobota


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In recent years, foreign investors have brought claims for hundreds of millions, even billions, of dollars against a diverse range of host countries, including Spain, Turkey, Gabon, Russia, Venezuela, Romania, Egypt, and Vietnam. These cases carry significant political, economic, and legal consequences, and the issues of investor protection and state sovereignty have been a source of intense public debate that is affecting ongoing trade negotiations. This practicum provides students a unique opportunity to explore this evolving area of cross-border disputes, while obtaining substantial stand-up advocacy experience that translates into any dispute-resolution setting. Based upon a realistic simulation of a cross-border dispute between a U.S. company and a foreign country, students will prepare submissions that they will then argue to mock panels comprised of former U.S. judges, prominent arbitrators, and leading practitioners. Two classes are also dedicated to mediation and others to the nuances of cross-border discovery. Students will leave with first-hand experience in the substantive and procedural aspects of international litigation and arbitration involving sovereign entities.

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