This is the companion course to International Commercial Arbitration (Law 259). Law 259 provides the principles of international commercial arbitration, including the legal foundation for international arbitration, interaction between international arbitral tribunals and domestic courts, and the various legal issues that arise in the recognition and enforcement of international arbitration agreements and the resulting arbitral awards. Students must have taken Law 259 as a prerequisite to this course and are presumed to have substantive knowledge of international commercial arbitration. In this companion course, students learn the advocacy skills and procedures common to international commercial arbitrations. International commercial arbitration advocacy typically melds the advocacy skills from both the civil and common law systems. Students will prepare appropriate arbitration pleadings, select arbitrators, exchange documents, prepare witness statements, and participate in a mock hearing on the merits of the dispute.
Students will operate as teams to prepare and present the pleadings and argument. Depending on availability, students or friends will act as witnesses for the final merits hearing. Students will be graded on team written work product and individual performances at hearings and in the final mock merits hearing.