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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

International Arbitration: Skills and Advocacy

Are you interested in improving your advocacy skills in international arbitration? In a more and more competitive legal market, this module aims to offer an important asset: specific skill sets needed to become a successful international arbitration lawyer. We are offering the opportunity audit the LLM module - International Commercial Arbitration: Skills and Advocacy.

A set of gold weighing scales sat on a desk. Behind them out of focus is a person writing on some paper.The content is delivered in 5 three-hour sessions and covers:

  • Planning and Drafting A Good Dispute Resolution Clause: What is a good arbitration clause? What are the most common mistakes when drafting an arbitration clause? What is the list of different options that parties have? 
  • Initiating Arbitration: Strategizing and Funding your Dispute
  • The Arbitral Tribunal: Selecting and challenging arbitrators, arbitrator’s interview, the dynamics of the tribunal, robust case management, the role of arbitral institutions
  • Written Submissions: How do we bridge cultural gaps in international arbitration? How do we draft a good request for arbitration and an answer to that request? How do we draft Procedural Order 1, Post-hearing briefs and other written submissions in an international arbitration?
  • Oral Submissions: e.g., hearing, oral pleadings, opening argument, closing argument, witness preparation, direct and cross-examination, etc.

Dates: Tuesdays, from 3 - 6 pm from 4 June – 2 July

Location: LIF LG.2, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Entry requirements and fees

Fee: £1,850

Sessions will not be recorded.

On completion of the module, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued.

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Convenor and Guest Lecturers

Convenor: Dr Maria Fanou, a Lecturer at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, School of International Arbitration.

Guest Lecturers: Gary Born (WilmerHale), Audley Sheppard (Clifford Chance), Laurence Shore (BonelliErede) and more to be announced.

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