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During the last twenty
years the number of
international arbitration
cases has more
than tripled.

Module Dispute Resolution


The subject Dispute Resolution provides a comprehensive understanding of the means by which international commercial disputes are resolved. You will study and research core areas of private international law, civil procedure and enforcement of judgments on a comparative basis. You will spend the bulk of the time analyzing the framework and procedures of international arbitration. Particular attention will be given to uniform instruments such as the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration. Various institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules will be analyzed and discussed in detail.

Resources and Teaching Approach

Resources include selected readings as well as video lectures by leading practitioners and scholars. The materials will be analyzed and discussed in small teams of students, on the class online discussion board, and in weekly chats with your subject coordinators. You will be involved in drafting appropriate agreements to arbitrate and simulate various stages of the arbitral process. This intense process will give you the opportunity to improve your team working skills and offer a realistic intercultural experience.

Subjects covered

  • Module Dispute Resolution: Setting the Scene
  • Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Mediation Theory
  • Choosing to Arbitrate
  • The Dispute Resolution Clause as the Foundation of Tribunal Jurisdiction
  • The Seat or Place of Arbitration
  • Applicable Law(s)
  • Beginning the procedure
  • Constituting the Tribunal
  • The Scope of Tribunal Authority
  • Evidence in Arbitration
  • Preliminary Case Management Conference
  • Interim or Conservatory Measures
  • The Hearing
  • Deliberations and Drafting
  • Costs and Interest
  • Challenge and Enforcement
  • Investor – State Arbitration

Video Lecturers

  • Professor Louise BARRINGTON, FCIArb, (Director Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Arbitration Place, Hong Kong & Toronto, China & Canada): Module Intro – Setting the Scene; Presentation of Evidence in Arbitration; The “Portable Award”
  • Professor George BERMANN (New York, United States): International Civil Procedure
  • Laurence BURGER (Landolt & Koch, Geneva, Switzerland): Investment Arbitration: ICSID, BITS, Treaty Based
  • Professor Dr. Guido CARDUCCI (Carducci Arbitration, Paris, France): Anti-suit Injunctions
  • Professor Anthony DAIMSIS (University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada): Separability and Competence-Competence
  • Marie DANIS (August & Debouzy Avocats, Paris, France): Role of the State Court in Conservatory Measures
  • Paola DE VIENNE (August & Debouzy Avocats, Paris, France): Immunity & Liability of Arbitrators
  • Professor Kun FAN (The Chinese University of Hongkong, CUHK Law, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China): Mediation Basics; Different Cultural Approaches to Mediation
  • Professor Claudio FINKELSTEIN (Finkelstein Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil): Jurisdiction – Conventions incl. Europe, NAFTA, ASEAN, OHADA, MERCOSUR; Arbitration Agreement: Capacity, Arbitrability
  • Gustav FLECKE-GIAMMARCO (Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Düsseldorf, Germany): Law Applicable to the DR Clause; Allocating and Quantifying Costs
  • Yves FORTIER (Arbitration Place, Montréal, Canada): Ethical Questions in Arbitration
  • Ulrike GANTENBERG (Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, Düsseldorf, Germany): Law Applicable to the DR Clause; Allocating and Quantifying Costs
  • Ben GIARETTA (Ashurst, Singapore): Removal, Replacement of an Arbitrator: Why? How?; Counterclaims
  • Lord, Peter GOLDSMITH, QC (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, London, United Kingdom): Arbitral Procedure: the Procedural Meeting Purpose and Content
  • Elodie HERBEL, LL.M. (CSR, Paris, France): Electronic Discovery President, CEO
  • Reginald HOLMES (The Holmes Law Firm, Los Angeles, United States): The Good Arbitration Agreement: Content Effects; Cultural and Gender Diversity in Arbitration: Is It Necessary, and If so, How to Achieve It
  • Dr. Pierre KARRER, FCIArb, LL.M. (Pierre A. Karrer, Zurich, Switzerland): The Importance of a Good Seat and How to Pick One; Expert Witnesses and How Chosen, and How to Receive and Evaluate their Testimony
  • Grant KIM (Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco, United States): Document Production and Depositions: How Much is Enough?
  • Joachim KNOLL (Lalive, Geneva, Switzerland): Types of Awards – Contrast with Orders
  • Dr. Robert KOVACS (Linklaters, Australasian Forum for International Arbitration, London, United Kingdom): Power and Responsibility of the Tribunal
  • Karen MILLS (Karim Syah Law Firm, Jakarta, Indonesia): Dealing with Backlash to Investor-State Arbitration
  • Dr. Florian MOHS (Pestalozzi Law, Zurich, Switzerland): Resisting Enforcement: Attacking Validity or Resisting of the Award at Seat or Place of Enforcement
  • Sophie NAPPERT, LL.M. (3 Verulam Buldings, Private Practise, London, United Kingdom): Multiple Claims
  • Mirèze PHILIPPE (International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France): Online Dispute Resolution
  • Dr. Nikolaus PITKOWITZ, M.B.L.- HSG (Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna, Austria): The DR Spectrum Overview
  • Rashda RANA, SC (39 Essex Chambers, London, United Kingdom): Law Applicable: to the Procedure, to the Merits, to the DR Clause; The Confidentiality Conundrum
  • Lukas RUSCH, LL.M. (Pestalozzi Law, Zurich, Switzerland): Resisting Enforcement: Attacking Validity or Resisting of the Award at Seat or Place of Enforcement
  • Marwan SAKR, FCIArb, LL.M. (SAAS, Beirut, Lebanon): Multi-party Arbitration Pitfalls and Practice; Conservatory / Interim Measures
  • Franz SCHWARZ, LL.M. (Wilmerhale, London, United Kingdom): The Valid Arbitration Agreement: Form and Substance
  • Thomas SNIDER (Greenberg Traurig LLP, Washington, D.C., United States): International Commercial Arbitration: Regulatory Framework: NYC, Laws (ML), Rules
  • Edna SUSSMAN (SussmanADR / Fordham University School of Law, New York, United States): The “Heathy” Award
  • Professor Pierre TERCIER (L’Université de Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland): Deliberating, Deciding and Drafting the Award
  • Dr. Sherlin TUNG, LL.M. (Semperit AG, Vienna, Austria): Arbitration Types: Ad Hoc / Institutional; Emergency Arbitrator
  • Baiju VASANI, LL.M. (Jones Day, London & Washington, United Kingdom & United States): Post-Award Correction, Addition, Interpretation
  • Wenying WANG (Arbitration Research Institute of China Chamber of International Commerce, Hong Kong, China): Enforcing Awards in Mainland China and HK
  • Jürgen WOEHLER, FCIArb (DIS, Gerlingen, Germany): Constitution of the Tribunal – 1 or 3? Qualities. Finding the Right Arbitrator
  • Sarah ZAGATA VASANI (King & Spalding International LLP, London, United Kingdom): Conflicts: Standards for Challenge