Studying Law at RomaTre

Academic Year 2019-2020

Spring Semester (March 1 - May 31, 2020)


International Arbitration

Prof. Maria Beatrice Deli


Course description:  
The course’s structure is composed of a number of lectures on the main topics of international arbitration. The approach of teaching is aimed at stimulating the active participation of students. The course’s main objective is the acquisition of both academic and practical knowledge. The development of practical skills will be encouraged through the organisation of drafting workshops and mock arbitration hearings.

Course Learning Objectives
  • To understand the basic practical and historical reasons for the development of international arbitration as a means of dispute resolution in international trade and foreign direct investment.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of the main international instruments for the harmonisation of international arbitration worldwide.  
  • To understand the importance of the lex arbitri and to acquire a satisfactory degree of familiarity with the provisions of several domestic/international arbitration statutes.
  • To become familiar with the different available types of arbitration.
  • To understand the fundamental principles governing the validity of arbitration agreements.
  • To identify scope and limits of the jurisdiction of arbitral tribunals.
  • To acquire the ability to draft different arbitration clauses in the presence of different scenarios.
  • To acquire the ability to analyse pre-drafted arbitration clauses and to identify potential difficulties.
  • To become acquainted with the main issues relating to the conduct of arbitration proceedings in different jurisdictions and under the arbitration rules of different arbitral institutions.
  • To acquire the practical ability to prepare written submissions and to develop sufficient skills to perform basic oral advocacy tasks.
  • To become familiar with the main issues connected to the gathering of evidence in international arbitration.
  • To develop sufficient knowledge on recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.
  • To become familiar with the main peculiarities of foreign investment arbitration.

Course Learning Activities
The course consists in lectures on the main subjects of international arbitration followed by presentations and seminars that are meant to support the lectures and encourage interactive student participation.

Assessment tools
Student evaluation will be based on class work, class participation, and a final written exam.

Attendance policy
Minimum class attendance of 46 hours is compulsory.


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