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International Commercial Arbitration - LAWS8183
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  Faculty of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program must be either 9200, 9210, 5740, 9230, 9235, 5235, 9231 or 5231
CSS Contribution Charge:Band 3 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


This course aims to provide a basic introduction to key topics in international commercial arbitration. It is designed to stand as a outline of the key principles involved in the practice of international commercial arbitration. As its central theme the course analyses the UNCITRAL Model Law and the various steps required in an international arbitration. The importance of international commercial arbitration to international commerce is a key theme throughout the course. The course also analyses a number of arbitral bodies and tribunals such as the ICC, ICSID and LCIA.

LLM Specialisations

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

The aims of the course include:
  • To assist students to develop and understanding for the issues involved in international commercial arbitration
  • To provide students with the basic working knowledge of the key instruments and bodies involved in international commercial arbitration
  • To develop an awareness of the different methods of dispute resolution
  • To assist students in the practice of international commercial arbitration
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Understand the manner in which an international commercial arbitration is conducted
  • Advise clients and other bodies in relation to arbitration disputes
  • Draft effective dispute resolution clauses
  • Prepare and appear at an international commercial arbitration.

Main Topics

  • UNCITRAL model law
  • The arbitration agreement
  • The arbitral tribunal
  • Interim measures
  • Confidentiality in arbitration
  • Enforcement of awards and appeals
  • Drafting arbitration agreements
  • Anti-suit injunctions and stays in international commercial arbitration
  • Preparing for an international arbitration
  • Arbitration institutions
  • China International and Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Court of arbitration for sport
  • Convention for international sale of goods


Research assignment 4,000 words 60%
Moot Participation, including team preparation of memorandum 30%
Class participation Preparation and engagement in class 10%

Course Texts

Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration - Student Version, 5th edn.


Students should have regard to the websites referred to in the Course Outline (provided by lecturer at the beginning of session) and to which has annotated version of the UNCITRAL Model Law with case references.


Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

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