This course deals in depth with the full range of mechanisms available for international commercial dispute management. The principal focus is on the process of international commercial arbitration, which is one of the major growth areas of legal practice and possibly the most widely used dispute resolution method in international business.

This course is concerned with an international process. The course first analyses the basic concepts in international commercial arbitration and considers how it has developed into the coherent system of choice to resolve disputes in cross border transactions. The nature and history of the major international instruments governing international arbitration are explained. The legal environment of an international commercial arbitration and the resulting award is considered.

The course then addresses the practice and procedure of an international arbitration from the viewpoint both of legal representatives of the parties and of the members of an arbitral tribunal from the time of the dispute up to the making of the award.  The course also includes a brief comparative introduction to investment treaty arbitration and an explanation of the issues involved in drafting an international arbitration agreement.

Topics covered include:

  • advantages and disadvantages of international commercial arbitration
  • how the 'system' of international commercial arbitration has developed
  • commencement of the process
  • the hearing
  • the award
  • challenging and enforcing the award
  • drafting an effective clause in a commercial contract.

Ms Lucy Martinez

Lucy Martinez is an independent counsel and arbitrator with extensive experience advising and representing private and sovereign clients in international disputes relating to investment treaties and contracts, including in AAA, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, and ad hoc arbitrations; reviewing draft dispute resolution clauses in contracts; sitting as arbitrator (sole, co- and presiding) in ACICA, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, and SIAC disputes; and advising on various international pro bono projects.

Industry experience includes energy (oil, gas, electricity, mining), telecommunications, satellite technology, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, trademarks, shipping, gambling and leisure sectors.

Course information

Course code
LAWS7868

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