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Regulation and infrastructure of international commercial arbitration

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UCL, Queen Mary University of London
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International Arbitration has emerged in the last hundred years as the principle method for the settlement for commercial disputes and was initially used predominantly in commercial matters but is now used in a variety of instances and is relevant for a large number of legal areas. In this course, in order to see how arbitration has evolved to the current important status it has acquired we will examine the subject matter in detail from a number of angles. We will define arbitration and look at the juridical nature of arbitration. We will also investigate arbitration agreements and tribunals as the course progresses through the modules.

Module A: Regulation and infrastructure of arbitration


  • Delimitation, definition and juridical nature
  • Institutional and regulatory infrastructure
  • Constitution, human rights and arbitration
  • Arbitration and the courts

Module B: Arbitration agreement


  • Autonomy, types, and applicable law
  • Formal and substantive validity
  • Interpretation of agreements
  • Drafting arbitration clauses

Module C: Arbitration tribunal


  • Selection and appointment of arbitrators
  • Rights and duties of arbitrators
  • Independence and impartiality of arbitrators
  • Challenge and removal of arbitrators

Module D: Investment arbitration and specialist arbitration


  • Arbitration with states and state-owned entities
  • Arbitration of investment disputes
  • Specialist and mixed arbitration
  • Online dispute resolution


Each module will be assessed by a 45-minute unseen written examination.


It is strongly recommended you complete Module A first.

How to apply

You can either apply for these modules individually or as part of the Postgraduate Laws programme. (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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