LAW41650 Arbitration Project

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module comprises a mix of classes, workshops and exercises conducted in the third trimester. Students are introduced to the practice and skills of commercial arbitration which they then develop in a variety of role-play exercises and problem focused scenarios, many led by arbitration practitioners from the practising community. The module culminates in a mock-arbitration exercise in which students will prepare and present a case before a panel of arbitrators. Some of the marks for the module will be awarded for participation in class, exercises, workshops and the arbitration, but the main assessment will be a written report, produced individually, on a prescribed aspect of the mock-arbitration exercise or on a series of related topics, to be submitted later in the third trimester around the same date that the LLM Dissertations are submitted. The module will include an award writing component and the prescribed written report could comprise the drafting or analysis of a reasoned arbitrators award. The module will follow the syllabus of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators perscribed for fellowship of the Insitute.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students will be able to demonstrate:
The ability to programme the conduct of a commercial arbitration in accordance with international arbitration standards and rules;
The ability to apply for and direct procedural motions in commercial arbitrations;
The knowledge and skill required to move an application or case before an international arbitral panel;
Competence in constructing, writing and analysing a reasoned arbitrators award;
And they will have participated in a number of workshops and exercises, and a mock arbitration, based on real arbitration scenarios under the guidance of members of the practising arbitral community.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Substantially case-based learning module comprising comprehensive immersion in commercial dispute scenarios and requiring role-play problem solving and activity culminating in the running of an arbitration hearing and the writing of a reasoned arbitrators's award. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must have completed the module LAW 40060 International Commercial Arbitration or an equivalent module from an approved institution.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
LAW40060 - Inter’l Commercial Arbitration

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Participation and performance in exercises and role plays, including Mock Arbitration Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Attendance: Attendance at class and role plays Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Written Assignment(s) of 13,000 to 15,000 words in total, comprising Report or Draft Dispute Resolution Clause, Arbitrators' Procedural Directions and Reasoned and Unreasoned Arbitrators Awards Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Manifold opportunities for individual and group feedback throughout the module, including intensive personal feedback on award writing on summative and formative assessments, personal feedback in preparation and presentation of moot arbitration, at workshops and in group exercises. Self and peer assessment also inherent in group activities over the course of this hands-on module.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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