LWMTAR-International Commercial Arbitration (CIArb Accredited)

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Bolanle Adebola

Email: b.adebola@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
Arbitration has been one of the most important dispute resolution processes for several centuries. Though other methods of dispute resolution have evolved in recent years, mediation and conciliation being examples, arbitration continues to retain its importance in both domestic and international contexts. This module seeks to provide a critical understanding of important aspects of international commercial arbitration. It explores the characteristics of arbitration and discusses its operation in various international fora.

The module is designed to:
•afford students the opportunity to acquire critical understanding of important aspects of international commercial arbitration.
•promote awareness of key structures and policy issues in effective dispute resolution.
•offer an understanding of, and encourage students to critically reflect upon, the underlying economic and legal concepts determining the choice of dispute resolution methods by commercial parties.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
•Demonstrate clear understanding of the legal framework of international commercial arbitration.
•Demonstrate detailed and critical understanding of the theory and practice of arbitration.
•Demonstrate the ability to critically assess the functions and operations of the most commonly used sets of arbitral rules.
•Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the operations of a major international institution.
•Execute competent and independent research into some aspects of the law relating to international commercial arbitration.

Additional outcomes:
In addition to those listed in the School’s ‘core skills statement’, the module will encourage the development of:
•The ability to comment on the current state of the law and its future directions.
•Skills in oral communication, practical application, team-work and independent learning.
•The ability to complete a piece of extended writing in compliance with applicable conventions of grammar, style, and referencing.

Outline content:
The module consists of the following main themes:
•Introduction to ADR: the legal framework.
•Arbitration Agreement
•Breach of the Agreement
•Arbitral Tribunal
•Choice of law and Powers of the Tribunal
•The intervention of National Courts
•The Organization of proceedings
•Elements of Award
•Award Writing: the UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules
•Recognition and Enforcement of Award

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Module delivery will be through a mix of lectures and a group-work/student participation. Students are expected to prepare for seminars in which there will be a group discussion of seminar questions. One non-assessed essay will also be set.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One assessed essay of 8 pages; formatted in accordance with the School of Law's Assessed Work Rules.
And submission of One assessed final award.

Formative assessment methods:
1 essay of 4 pages; formatted in accordance with the School of Law's Assessed Work Rules. The assessment allows you to benefit from feedback but does not contribute to the mark for the module.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
Also, see Guide to Postgraduate Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
See School of Law PGT Programme Handbook.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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