International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Law
  • Application code SS-LL203
  • Starting TBC
  • Short course: Closed
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

Please note: This course has not yet been confirmed for 2021.

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.

Session: TBC
Dates: TBC
Lecturers: Dr Jacco Bomhoff and Dr Jan Kleinheisterkamp


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Introduction to legal methods or equivalent.

Programme structure

  • Introduction to jurisdiction of courts in commercial matters under Brussels I
  •  Jurisdiction of English courts in extra-European commercial cases
  •  Complex commercial litigation
  •  Enforcement of foreign judgments in commercial matters
  •  The law applicable to commercial contracts
  •  Jurisdictional agreements
  •  Nature and sources of international arbitration
  •  Drafting and enforcing arbitration agreement
  •  Arbitral procedure and support by state courts
  •  The law applicable to the merits in international arbitration
  •  Challenge, recognition and enforcement of award
  •  The role of public policy in international arbitration

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.

Course outcomes

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.


LSE’s Law Department is one of the world’s best. In the UK, it was ranked first for research outputs in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) and in the top 5 law departments overall by The Complete University Guide in 2018. In the 2017 QS World University rankings, the Department was ranked seventh (out of 200 departments worldwide).

Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective in LSE’s Department of Law. We pioneered the study of banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession, and continue to be the leading thinkers in our field.

On this three-week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s law faculty.

Reading materials

Hartley, International Commercial Litigation, (2nd edition, CUP, 2015)

Moses, The Principles and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, (3rd edition, CUP, 2017)

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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