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Fall 2013 - International Commercial Arbitration

Tyler, Timothy J
Deutsch, Richard D
Loftis, James Lloyd

Course ID: 379M  Unique # 29410  Credit Hours: 3
Meeting DaysTimesLocation
   Monday 3:45 pm - 6:55 pm TNH 2.139
Exam Type   Date   Time      Name Range   Room  
  Final Wednesday, December 18    8:30 am          A-Z
2.140 
Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.

Description
International commercial transactions, especially in energy, usually require international arbitration of disputes, so the transnational lawyer should know the field.  This course seeks to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to advise clients, draft adequate arbitration agreements, spot bad ones, and advise on enforcement of international arbitration awards.

More generally, international arbitration represents one area where states have delegated a judicial function to private individuals.  Those arbitrators enjoy wide discretion, act as judge and jury and render globally portable awards that suffer minimal state oversight.  Understanding the terms of that delegation, which differ from country to country, will allow students to appreciate what can, and should, be left to private ordering of disputes.

The course will address the major topics in international arbitration:  its contractual nature; the “who (court or arbitrator) decides” question; choice of law; arbitrator selection; the role of international treaties; and review and enforcement of arbitration agreements and awards.

Student performance is evaluated on a final exam, with a substantial portion of the grade dependent on class participation.

Related Course Areas
Textbooks
Redfern & Hunter on International Arbiration - Blackaby & Partasides
  Oxford, edition: 5 (Student)
  ISBN: 978-0-19-955719-6   (optional)
Documenary Supplement - Born
  Wolters Kluwer, edition: 1
  ISBN: 978-1-4548-0228-0   (required)
International Arbitration: Cases and Materials - Born
  Aspen Casebook Series/Wolters Kluwer, edition: 1st
  ISBN: 978-0-7355-0796-8   (required)