International commercial arbitration is the single most important means to resolve cross-border commercial disputes in today’s flat world economy. This course provides students with the fundamental legal and jurisdictional underpinnings of the international commercial arbitration system of dispute resolution, the procedural mechanisms for conducting international commercial arbitrations, the domestic judicial tools to compel parties to arbitrate commercial disputes rather than proceed in domestic courts, and the enforcement of international commercial arbitration awards in domestic courts. This course also provides students with an introduction to the comparative law aspects of international commercial arbitration both for the procedural and the substantive matters in dispute.
The course will be conducted through a combination of readings from the textbook, lecture, and relevant hypotheticals. The hypotheticals are designed to require the analysis and application of the rules of law and procedure that are addressed in the lectures and the textbook while exploring the practical jurisdictional and procedural issues that arise when litigating matters across borders and legal systems. This course is taught by Professor Dasteel, who is an advocate and arbitrator in both international and domestic arbitrations.