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Applicable laws and procedures in international commercial arbitration

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UCL, Queen Mary University of London
Modes of Study

This course in Applicable Laws and Procedures in International Commercial Arbitration looks at commercial arbitration from a comparative and international perspective. Arbitration has emerged over the last 50 years as the key method for the settlement of commercial disputes with a foreign element. The course looks at how arbitration has developed and at questions of applicable law and procedures.If you would like to study this course, you may also be interested in taking the course: Regulation and infrastructure of international commercial arbitration.

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Membership

On completion of the courses: Applicable Laws and Procedures in International Commercial Arbitration and Regulations and Infrastructure of International Commercial Arbitration, you will be entitled to apply to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) at member level. You can find out more about the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Module A: Applicable law issues in arbitration


  • Determination of applicable law
  • Applicable substantive law
  • Transnational rules, lex mercatoria and trade usages
  • Arbitration and EU Laws

Module B: Procedure and evidence in arbitration


  • Law governing the arbitration procedure
  • Commencement of arbitration; terms of reference / procedural directions
  • Procedural issues
  • Taking evidence

Module C: Jurisdictional issues in arbitration


  • Arbitrability
  • Determination of jurisdiction
  • Provisional measures
  • Multi-party and multi-contract disputes

Module D: Arbitration award – form, content, challenge and enforcement


  • Form and content
  • Finality and challenges to award
  • Recognition and enforcement


Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.


It is strongly recommended that you attempt Module A first.

How to apply

You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)

These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:

  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • International Business Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime Law
  • Procedural Law

Apply via Postgraduate Laws.

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