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LAWS6060 - International Commercial Arbitration
Faculty of Law (Sydney Law School) - 6 credit points
HECS Band three
EFTSL: 0.125000000
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Department: Law
Offered session(s): 2
Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Chester Brown, Adj Prof Max Bonnell

Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week

Assessment: take-home exam (40%) and 5000wd research essay (60%)

This unit introduces students to the preferred method of resolving international commercial disputes. It has two primary aims, being to outline key principles in the law of international commercial arbitration, and also to discuss a range of cutting-edge legal issues raised in international commercial arbitration, to nurture a sophisticated understanding of the historical development, and likely future path, of ICA systems in relation to other forms of dispute resolution in trans-border contexts. Related, secondary aims are to develop an ability to discuss or argue arbitration law issues with colleagues, and to gain familiarity with key reference materials, expertise in conducting independent research, and skills in effective legal writing in this field. The unit considers how international commercial arbitration relates to litigation and ADR, surveys some of the most important transnational and Australian "legislative" instruments, and introduces major trends. It goes on to consider in detail specific issues including the arbitration agreement; the constitution of the arbitral tribunal; applicable law issues, including consideration of the law governing the arbitration, the role of the seat, and the role of national courts; procedure in international arbitration; the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal; the role of arbitral institutions; the arbitral award and challenges to the award; and recognition and enforcement of the award.
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