In business practice, arbitration is becoming increasingly important as an alternative means of dispute resolution. Switzerland has played a pioneering role in arbitration, but there are other popular arbitration centres such as Hong Kong, London, Paris, Singapore and Stockholm. This course takes a comparative and practice-oriented approach. With a main focus on international commercial arbitration, it aims to set out the legal framework for arbitration, to explain its advantages and risks in practice and to stimulate the interest in dispute resolution mechanisms among the future generation of lawyers. The course covers all stages of arbitration, from negotiation and the drafting of arbitration clauses to the enforcement of arbitral awards, as well as the interface between arbitration, international litigation and private international law.
In the second part of the course, students also have an opportunity to understand how arbitration works in practice by discussing and pleading a previous case used for the Willem c. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (“Vienna Moot”).
LL.M students who select this course have two options:
1) If they attend the first part of the course and write a personal research paper of around 10 pages, they will receive 6 credits;
2) If they attend the entire course and pass an oral exam, they will also receive 6 credits;
3) If they attend the entire course and pass an oral exam + write a 10-page paper, they will receive 9 credits (International Arbitration + International Arbitration Advanced).
6 ECTS credits