Summer 2019 Course Schedule

Introduction to the Practice of Intl Commercial Arbitration (LAW-789S-001)
Stacie I. Strong

Meets: 02:00 PM - 05:10 PM (TuWThF) - Yuma - Room Y115

Enrolled: 4 / Limit: 26

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This course is part of the Arbitration Summer Courses. Exam: The exam is a 24-hour take-home test. Students may download the exams the day after the last class of the course has taken place. The exam will be available online until July 15, 2019 (5:00pm DC Time) at MyWCL. Participants are not required to stay in DC to submit the exam. Paper Option: Professors are generally open to accept a written paper in lieu of the exam. If interested in this option, please send an email to Certificate: Student Participants must take at least 3 seminars to receive a certificate of completion. Please search the courses under “type” ICA or go to Registration: No special application is required for WCL students. Please enroll through your account. Registration will open at the end of March, 2019. Contact Information: (202) 274-4321 | | Suite Y360 A


This is a one-credit course offered in the context of the International Arbitration Summer Session. The course will provide a general overview of international commercial arbitration focusing on the following key issues: general explanation of the different institutions and rules of arbitration, institutional and ad-hoc arbitration, when to arbitrate and when to litigate, how to draft an arbitration clause, jurisdiction and role of arbitration tribunal, and regulation of the arbitration process and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

• What is arbitration? • Other dispute resolution options • Aims of arbitration • Institutional versus ad hoc arbitration • Elements of an arbitration agreement • Drafting an international arbitration clause. Pre-class: Born, §§1.01-1.02; 1.04-1.07; 3.01 Strong, pp. 2-36 Dillenz Read fact pattern scenario 1 (all fact pattern material is appended to this syllabus) Gary B. Born, International Arbitration: Law and Practice (2d ed., 2016) Note: Mr. Born has written several books with similar titles, so make sure that you are using the correct text. The book, which is very reasonably priced for a student text and which is a good resource material to have on your desk, is available for purchase at the American University bookstore. Alternatively, you can review the various readings in electronic form through the Law School’s subscription to To access Kluwer: Go to A to Z databases. Selecy K and go to Kluwer Arbitration


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