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Academic Year 2017-2018

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Spring Semester (March 1 - May 31, 2018)


International Arbitration 2018

Prof. Maria Beatrice Deli


The course starts on Friday, March 2
Class hours: 
Mondays: 8:30 – 10:15 Aula 1.02 (Tommaseo building, via Ostiense,139)
Wednesdays: 12:00-13:45, Aula 1.02 (Tommaseo buiding, via Ostiense,139) 
Fridays: 14:15– 16:00 Aula 4 Law School


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 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 of 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
Class attendance is compulsory.

General textbook (also available as e-book):
  1. Gary B. Born: International Arbitration: Law And Practice, 2nd Ed., Kluwer 2016 (library free consultation or available e-book)

Class times: Total 56 Hours                                                               Maria Beatrice Deli
Monday: h. 8.30-10.15                                                                         Domenico Di Pietro

Wednesday h. 12-13.45                                                                       Tutor: Simona Scipioni
Friday h. 14.15-16
Date Topic Mandatory Readings Additional readings
Guest Speakers
Ven. 2/3 - h. 14.15-16 Introduction
Understanding International Arbitration - Reasons, Concept and Regulation
Chapter 1 Andreas F. Lowenfeld,
A Primer on International
Lun. 5/3 - h. 8.30-10.15 Introduction
Delimitation, Definition and Juridical Nature Arbitrability
Chapter 1
Jan Paulsson
International Arbitration is not Arbitration
Merc. 7/3 - h. 12-13.45
Court Proceedings v. Arbitration
Domestic Arbitration v. International Arbitration
Chapter 2
Ven. 9/3 - h. 14.15-16
1.1. The Legal Basis: The Arbitration Agreement
The Doctrine of
The doctrine of Kompetenz-
Chapter 3
 Domenico Di Pietro,
Incorporation by Reference
Anthony Sinclair
Assignment of Arbitration
Lun. 12/3 - h. 8.30-10.15 1.2. The Legal Basis: The Arbitration Agreement
Formal and Substantive Validity Arbitrability
The Law Applicable to Arbitration Agreements
Chapter 3
  Topic Mandatory Readings Additional readings
Merc. 14/3 - h. 12-13.45
1.3. The Legal Basis
The Arbitration Agreement
Chapter 4
Ven. 16/3 - h. 14.15-16
1.4. The Legal Basis
The Arbitration Agreement
Workshop on Drafting Clauses
Lun. 19/3 - h. 8.30-10.15 2.1. Procedural issues:
Formation of the arbitral tribunal
Challenges and removals
Chapter 7
Merc. 21/3 - h. 12-13.45 Choosing Institutional Arbitration   ICC Rules
CAM Rules
AIA Rules
Ven. 23/3 - h. 14.15-16
Choosing Institutional Arbitration

  ICC Rules
CAM Rules
AIA Rules
Lun. 26/3 - h. 8.30-10.15
2.2. Procedural issues
Powers of the arbitral tribunal
Chapter 8

IBA Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration
Merc. 28/3 - h. 12-13.45
2.3. Procedural issues
Applicable Law
Chapter 13
UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration  
Merc. 4/4 - h. 12-13.45 2.4. Procedural issues
Techniques for the gathering of evidence in international arbitration
Chapter 9
IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International. Arbitration  
Ven. 6/4 - h. 14.15-16 2.4. Procedural issues
Techniques for the gathering of evidence in international arbitration
Chapter 9
Lun. 9/4 - h. 8.30-10.15
2.5. Procedural issues
Interim measures and emergency arbitration
Chapter 11
Merc. 11/4 - h. 12-13.45

3.1. The Award
3.2. Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards
Chapters 15-16-17

Ven. 13/4 - h. 14.15-16

3.1. The Award
3.2. Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards
Chapters 15-16-17
Albert Jan van den Berg
Overview of the New York Convention
Lun. 16/4 - h. 8.30-10.15
Merc. 18/4 - h. 12-13.45
4. International Investment Arbitration
General Overview – BITs – ICSID: Introduction
  Andrea Giardina, ICSID: a
Self-Contained, Non-
National Review System
Ven. 20/4 - h. 14.15-16 4. International Investment Arbitration
The ICSID Mechanism – The Annulment of ICSID Awards
  Antonio Crivellaro,
Annulment of ICSID awards:
back to the ‘first generation’?
Lun. 23/4 - h. 8.30-10.15
5. Cases in the Energy Sector      
Ven. 27/4 - h. 14.15-16
Preparation for the Moot      
Lun. 30/4 - h. 8.30-10.15
Preparation for the Moot      
Merc. 2/5 - h. 12-13.45 Preparation for the Moot
Ven. 4/5 - h. 14.15-16



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