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LAWS5137: International Commercial Arbitration

2024 unit information

This unit of study aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of international commercial arbitration. The course covers the entire process of international arbitration: the significance of international commercial arbitration in international dispute resolution; the importance of a well drafted arbitration agreement; all procedural and conceptual aspects and legal issues arising during cross border proceedings; arbitral awards and the enforcement of arbitral awards around the world through the 1958 New York Convention, and the relevance and use of mediation (and other hybrid procedures) in resolving commercial disputes. The unit will address the role and significance of specialised forms of international arbitrations and organisations involved in administering international arbitrations, including an outline of investor-State arbitrations under investment treaties and free trade agreements.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS5137
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. outline the key principles in international commercial arbitration (“ICA”), and discuss a range of cutting-edge legal issues
  • LO2. understand the historical development, and likely future path, of international commercial arbitration systems compared to other forms of dispute resolution in trans-border contexts (including, briefly, investment treaty arbitration)
  • LO3. discuss or argue international commercial arbitration law issues with colleagues
  • LO4. understand key reference materials, expertise in conducting independent research, and effective legal writing in this field.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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