Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Intl Investment Disputes (LAW-679A-001)
Susan Franck

Meets: 01:30 PM - 03:20 PM (Tu) - Yuma - Room Y250

Enrolled: 10 / Limit: 12

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The syllabus will be finalized in August 2019. Students registering in the spring are encouraged, over the summer, to consider the research area that they might wish to explore that is connected to international commercial and investment dispute resolution.


This advanced research seminar focuses on topical and current issues involved in the resolution of international investment and commercial disputes. The seminar permits students to focus on multiple dispute resolution options (including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and adjudication before national courts or international tribunals), the applicable law (including international law, national law, and private contracts), the theory, and the policy considerations within the area of international investment and commercial law disputes. Given the advanced nature of the seminar, completion of at least one pre-requisite course is required. Due to the breadth of the material covered in the seminar, there are multiple qualifying pre-requisites, including: International Business Transactions, Transnational Litigation, International Investment Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration, or International Contracts and Sales.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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There is no casebook for this advanced research seminar. Rather, the assigned reading will primarily involve recent law review articles and scholarship. Professor Franck will create the final syllabus over the summer to ensure she has the most up-to-date articles included. The objective will be to read the assigned article(s) in advance of class, email Professor Franck comments and questions about the assigned article(s) before class, and discuss the article(s) during class. Other materials will derive from a student's own research agenda to explore their research topic and proposed thesis. The research paper is a 22 page minimum (subject to expansion for those interested in fulfilling the upper-level writing requirement), and there are stepped sub-components for the paper over the course of the semester to aid students in completing a strong research paper, which could be used for publication or job-seeking purposes. Those include but may not be limited to: (1) identification of the thesis; (2) annotated bibliography of potentially relevant sources; (3) initial draft; (4) in-class presentation at the end of the semester; and (5) submission of the final paper prior to the end of the semester.

First Class Readings