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Bachelor 2021/2022

International Law in Action: the Arbitration of International Disputes

Type: Elective course
Area of studies: Law
When: 3 year, 2 module
Mode of studies: distance learning
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Мазетова Елена Анатольевна
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3
Contact hours: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

3 ECTS, (https://www.coursera.org/learn/arbitration-international-disputes ) The course is build-up a combination of video lectures and individual practical exercises aimed at deeper self-study of the topics discussed over the video lectures. The course will be useful for foreign and Russian students seeking to deepen their knowledge on international arbitration as well as on other means of international dispute resolution.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main objective of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to gain a better insight into international arbitration, its role and the current issues relating to it. As a result of the course students will gain in-depth knowledge of the principles and rules of arbitration, will explore the topic through concrete examples and the most prominent arbitrations. Students will also grasp the notion of international arbitration navigating between law and politics. During the course students will learn the basic historical concepts or arbitration, as well as key information about the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague; they will further explore the role of international arbitration in settling disputes relating to the Law of the Sea; students will also be able to focus on investment arbitration, its principles and the procedure of the ICSID, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. In the conclusion of the course students will discuss the interplay between state immunity and enforcement of arbitral awards.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Skills and abilities: − Use specific terms and sources of international arbitration law; − Practical research and analytical skills; − Skills of preparing and writing essays and legal opinions on various topics related to international law and international arbitration.
  • Students must gain knowledge on: Arbitration as a dispute settlement mechanism, regulatory framework of arbitration, forms and essential characteristics of international arbitration, including arbitration of disputes relating to the Law of the Sea and investment arbitration.
  • Students should gain the following competences: − Ability to work with information (search information from various sources, evaluate and apply information necessary for scientific and professional assignments); − Ability to work in international legal environment, apply international law, including law of international arbitration in practice; − Ability to search, analyze, and work with relevant information by applying juridical, comparative and other specific methods;
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The History and General Principles of International Arbitration
  • Arbitration and the Law of the Sea
  • Investment Arbitration
  • State Immunity and the Enforcement & Validity of International Arbitral Decision
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Intermediate tests (average score). Online.
    10-15 questions tests available at Coursera website during the course.
  • non-blocking Coursera final quiz. Online.
    10-15 questions tests available at Coursera website during the course
  • non-blocking In-class Examination (written). Online.
    graded assessment of the acquired knowledge and skills obtained during the course; includes written questions covering syllabus material, i.e. theoretical and practical evaluation (case study). Parameters: Written 60-minute exam (case study).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.5 * In-class Examination (written). Online. + 0.25 * Coursera final quiz. Online. + 0.25 * Intermediate tests (average score). Online.
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Division of International Law. (1915). The Hague Conventions of 1899 (I) and 1907 (I) for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes.
  • Conrad, N. (2013). § 3 : UNCITRAL rules.
  • David D. Caron, & Lee M. Caplan. (2013). The UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules : A Commentary. OUP Oxford.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Prevost, D. (2003). UNCTAD Course on Dispute Settlement. Module 3.9 SPS Measures.