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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM084: International Commercial Arbitration

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

While the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is anticipated that the following topics will be covered in this order:


  1. An overview of the International Dispute Resolution process.
  2. Introducing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and its major components—arbitration and mediation.
  1. Identifying “international” proceedings.
  2. Describing the several differing processes and distinguishing between them.
  3. Discussing preparation of arbitral agreements
  4. Discussing the more significant problem areas
  5. Discussing the actors, arbitrators/mediators, counsel, witnesses, experts and the like.
  6. Discussing the mediation and arbitration processes.
  7. Discussing the concept of finality, as that term is used in arbitral proceedings.
  8. Reviewing the many contributions of UNCITRAL.
  9. Evaluating the function played by institutional providers.
  10. Discussing the pivotal role of ADR in resolving international trade disputes
  11. Discussing the prominent role of ADR in resolving disputes at international trade organizations.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled teaching3010 x 3 hour seminars
Guided independent study90Review of assigned text materials
Guided independent study90Review of relevant legal articles
Guided independent study90Review of relevant judicial decisions

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Some useful websites would include:>...>arbitrationandadr>arbitration