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LAW4179 - International commercial arbitration 406

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Law


Not offered in 2007


The objective of this unit will be to examine the principles and practices of this new area as reflected in the rules of the major arbitration institutions, the national arbitration laws (with particular emphasis on Australia) and arbitral tribunal decisions. The topics to be considered in the course include: the nature of international arbitration, the types of arbitration, the legal framework, the agreement to arbitrate, judicial enforcement of the agreement, the powers of the tribunal and the conduct of the arbitration, the arbitral award and challenge to the award


To make students familiar with a growing area of dispute resolution in international commerce so that they can better advise clients, both domestic and foreign. By the end of the course, students should have a grasp of the practical aspects of arbitration, how to draft arbitration clauses, how to enforce awards and the preferred rules in a given case. In addition, through examining comparative legal materials, students should develop an appreciation of international solutions to domestic problems.


Examination (2.5 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting): 100% OR Examination (1.25 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting): 50%
Research essay (4000 words): 50%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104