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International Arbitration


Course Type

Lecture and Practice Exercise

Course Organization

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

Course Language



6 (if 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" in order to access the Law courses.

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.

This course is recommended to Themis students.

Course Registration

In order to ensure an active role of each student there will be a maximum of 25 participants in the case study, on a first come first serve basis.
An individual registration in person is required. Registration opens on Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 1 p.m. and takes place in room 332 (Van't-Hoff-Str. 8).


There will be a final written exam.

Registration for the Exam

Students have to register for the exam with the course instructor. They are not required to register formally at the Examination Office.