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International Arbitration

Alternative Dispute Resolution methods of settlement account for almost one third of the resolutions of international commercial disputes. This course will introduce students to public and private international rules of law from an arbitral perspective, with a special emphasis on international commercial law. Students will explore sources of international law, including related bodies of rules involving more than one legal and political system. Particular reference will be made to new sources of global law such as the Unidroit Principles for international commercial contracts and lex mercatoria. [3 credits] A limited enrollment experiential version of this course is offered as a part of the Venice program: Alternative Dispute Resolution methods of settlement account for almost one third of the resolutions of international commercial disputes. This course will introduce students to public and private international rules of law from an arbitral perspective, with a special emphasis on international commercial law. Students will explore sources of international law, including related bodies of rules involving more than one legal and political system. Particular reference will be made to new sources of global law such as the Unidroit Principles for international commercial contracts and lex mercatoria. After gaining a firm understanding of the doctrines, institutions and applications of international arbitration law, students will engage in the practical skills necessary to the practice: advocacy, adjudication, and cultural competency.[2 credits] Limited Enrollment. Note: Due to substantial overlap in content, students may not enroll in both courses.