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LL203: International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Session: Two
Prerequisites: Introduction to legal methods or equivalent

Dr Jacco Bomhoff
Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp

Dr Bomhoff| and Dr Kleinheisterkamp| also teach the LSE LLM courses on international business transactions and international arbitration.

This course offers a concise introduction to the legal challenges relating to the international dimension of litigating commercial disputes, both before state courts and in arbitration. London being one of the most important centres for commercial litigation and arbitration in the world, the course focuses on the relevant English and European Union law, invoking experiences from other jurisdictions where useful. The course is divided in two parts.

The first part covers the issues arising in international litigation concerning:

  • The national courts' jurisdiction over international cases,
  • The choice of the applicable law, and
  • The recognition and enforcement of foreign court decisions.

The second part treats international arbitration with a focus on:

  • The validity and effects of arbitration agreements,
  • The applicable laws and procedures,
  • The challenge, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Special attention will be given to the means of anticipating problems in contractual stipulations such as jurisdictional clauses, choice-of-law clauses and arbitration clauses.


Hartley, International Commercial Litigation (CUP 2009)
Born, International Arbitration: Law and Practice (Kluwer 2012)
Moses, The Principles and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (2nd edn, CUP 2012)

Lectures: 36 hours    Classes: 12 hours
Assessment: Written work and one written examination



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