Commercial Arbitration

Law 443






This course covers the law and practice of arbitration in both domestic and international settings. Many business disputes are resolved by arbitration rather than litigation. In some industries, arbitration is the norm, not the exception. Likewise, many consumer and employment contracts include clauses that divert disputes away from the courts and into private arbitration. Because arbitration raises unique procedural and substantive issues, knowledge of arbitration law is important both for generalist litigators and for lawyers who want to develop a specialized arbitration practice (for example, practicing international arbitration at a large firm).

The course covers issues that arise in enforcing arbitration agreements and awards, conducting arbitration proceedings, and drafting arbitration clauses. Approximately one-third of the course will be devoted to international arbitration. The method of assessment varies each year depending on the number of students, coverage, and other factors. For the spring 2018 semester, there will be no exam. Students will be assessed based on a combination of short individual written projects, class participation, and group work. The syllabus distributed at the beginning of the semester will describe the assessment method.

None. Appropriate for both 2Ls and 3Ls.

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