LAWS8183/JURD7583 International Commercial Arbitration

Lecturer: Dr Jie (Jeanne) Huang

What is the course about?
This course introduces students to the contemporary constitutional structure, law, practice and policy of international commercial arbitration. It focuses on the law and practice of international commercial arbitration in the world’s leading arbitral centers, such as ICC, ICLA, SIAC, HKIAC, SCC and CIETAC. It also discusses the UNCITRAL Model Law and Arbitration Rules, the New York Convention, and other important legal frameworks established for international commercial arbitration. This course covers the following topics:

  • The arbitration agreement
  • Applicable laws
  • The arbitral tribunal
  • Arbitration proceedings
  • Role of national courts during the proceedings
  • Recognition and enforcement of awards and appeals
  • International investment arbitration

Why does this subject interest you?
I am interested in international commercial arbitration because it is the premier dispute resolution mechanism for cross-border disputes.  For example, Queen Mary University of London conducted surveys among international corporate counsels regarding what is your preferred method of resolving cross-border disputes. The following is the 2015 survey findings: for more information, see


Do you have any advice to students who are interested in taking this course?
Ideally, students should have general knowledge about international business law and conflict of laws before studying international commercial arbitration. During this course, students are encouraged to participate in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot to put into practice what they have learned in class.

How will this course be relevant in the future?
Knowledge about international commercial arbitration can advance your career goal to become an international lawyer in the future.