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Course Overview

The demand for international commercial arbitration has increased significantly over the last 20 years.  Empirical surveys conducted consistently report figures that suggest around 60% of businesses prefer arbitration over other dispute resolution methods.  This course provides students with a solid understanding of how arbitration works both in principle and in practice.  Topics covered include; the arbitration agreement, arbitral jurisdiction, the arbitral tribunal, challenging and enforcing awards.  This course is taught together with International Commercial Arbitration in the Asia Pacific.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Christopher Kee

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Law (LS) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Seminar topics have been chosen to give students a good knowledge of international commercial arbitration law. The topics covered will be: (1) Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration (2) The Role of the Seat (3) Arbitration Agreement and Arbitral Jurisdiction (4) Applicable Substantive Law (5) The Arbitral Tribunal (6) Arbitral Procedure and Evidence (7) The Arbitral Award.


Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

18 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


First attempt: 1 x 2000 word case note (due 24/10/2016)  30%; 1 x 4000 essay (due 21/11/2016) 45%; 4 x 1000 word approx. discussion board contributions totalling 25%  (made up of 10% self assessment and 15% course tutor).

Resit: 1 three hour written examination (75%); 25% from original discussion board assessment.   

Formative Assessment




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