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International Arbitration

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

 Course Type

soft skills course with practical exercises

Teaching Mode
face-to-face teaching in the winter term 2021/22

Course Organization

intensive course over 4 entire days (2 Fridays and 2 Saturdays)


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


The course will be held in every winter semester.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to find out course hours and rooms.

Course Description

The course will be divided into two parts. In the first part a systematic overview over International Arbitration will be offered, with a special focus on commercial cases. The main issues covered are the functioning of important arbitral institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the different stages of the arbitral proceedings, including the drafting of the arbitration agreement, the question of the applicable law, the procedural rules and the enforcement of the award.

The second part of the block lecture will be a Practice Exercise in which all participants will be invited to work on a case study. The subject of this case study will be located in the field of international commercial arbitration law. Students will be divided in two groups in order to prepare a simulation of arbitral proceedings on the case in front of the Tribunal. After the hearings and the final decision of the Tribunal there will be a final session which is dedicated to commentaries on the case as well as feedback on students’ performance.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Please note that you are not allowed to take more than two soft skills courses during your entire study period at Freie Universität Berlin.

Course Registration

via Campus Management

Please sign up for this course under the module "Schlüsselqualifikation A" or "Schlüsselqualifikation B".

registration period: 1 - 15 October 2021, 12 p.m. (noon)

If you want to take only one soft skills course, it makes no difference whether you book it under the module  "Schlüsselqualifikation A" or "Schlüsselqualifikation B". However, if you would like to take two soft skills courses in the same semester, please book one course under "Schlüsselqualifikation A" and the other under "Schlüsselqualifikation B".

In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 16 October 2021.

As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 5 November 2021.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 October - 5 November 2021

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

There will be a final written exam. Assessment might also include the students' performance in the arbitration simulation.

Exam Period

The exam will probably take place in one of the course sessions.

Registration for the Exam

Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.

De-Registration from the Exam

Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take the exam, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).

Grade Release

It will technically not be possible for the professor to enter your grade on Campus Management

Please make sure that his secretary transmits your grade to the International Office at the Law Department.