Not available in 2020/21
LL4C6      Half Unit
Advanced Issues of International Commercial Arbitration

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp NAB 7.09


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time) and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 60 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.


It is recommended that students have completed Fundamentals of International Commercial Arbitration (LL4C5) in Michaelmas Term, or a course on arbitration in previous studies, or have solid practical experience in the field.

Course content

This course aims at giving students who already are acquainted with the fundamentals of arbitration the possibility to go into depth into selected problems of international commercial arbitration. The course is based on student presentations and intense discussions of these problems in order to raise the sensitivity for the issues at stake. The course is highly relevant for those wanting to specialise in arbitration practice, as the theoretical problems have a significant impact on practical solutions. The course will treat a selection of topical contemporary issues of international commercial arbitration, such as the law applicable to arbitration agreements; the extension of arbitration agreements to non-signatories; third party funding;  the effects of insolvency; arbitration and fraud and corruption; the enforcement of awards set aside abroad; and the role of public policy. The course seeks to be as topical as possible, so that some content may change in the light of new developments.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a reading week in week 6

Formative coursework

One group presentation in the seminar and an essay of 2,500 words.

Indicative reading

G. Born, International Arbitration: Law and Practice (2nd edn, Kluwer 2015); N. Blackaby & C. Partasides, Redfern & Hunter on International Commercial Arbitration (6th edn, OUP 2015); J.-F. Poudret & S. Besson, Comparative Law of International Commercial Arbitration (Sweet & Maxwell 2007); E. Gaillard & J. Savage, Fouchard Gaillard Goldman on International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer 1999).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the summer exam period.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2019/20: 35

Average class size 2019/20: 18

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills