International Commercial Arbitration (801M6)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

International commercial arbitration is a process of resolving business disputes between or among transnational parties through the use of arbitrators rather than courts. 

The module will examine the conceptual and practical issues relating to matters such as:

  • the decision to arbitrate
  • the relevant law
  • the structure and process of international arbitration
  • the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Throughout the module, comparisons will be made with other mechanisms of dispute settlement in international law such as:

  • the International Court of Justice
  • the WTO Dispute Settlement Body
  • the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 280 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.