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International Commercial Arbitration

The purpose of the course International Commercial Arbitration is to give students an overview of international arbitration law with regard to the legal framework, principles and practice as well as methodology and theory.

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The course International Commercial Arbitration is given within the framework of the Master of Laws Programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law at the Department of Law, Stockholm University.  

Read more about the Master of Laws Programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law

This course is the initial course in the Master of Laws Programme in International Commercial Arbitration Law. The course addresses the theoretical and methodological foundations for this area of law. Students are trained to use appropriate methods to interpret and apply the legal framework and legal principles which are found in the sources of law international commercial arbitration. The students will formulate and evaluate potential consequences of different legal solutions to complex arbitration problems. During the course the students individually and in groups carry out advanced legal study of issues and topics within the scope of international commercial arbitration law, as well as related legal areas.

At an early stage, the course will address the legal sources of international commercial arbitration and their status as binding or guiding norms: conventions, national laws, model laws, institutional rules, ethical rules, contractual rules, agreements, relevant case law applying the national and foreign laws. Additionally, the course highlights the impact of different legal cultures in an international context. Besides pure methodological questions, the course also addresses legal research strategies.

During the course the students will actively participate in an extensive mock arbitration. In connection with this mock arbitration, the students will practice identifying and analyzing international arbitration problems, as well as creating and evaluating possible legal solutions. This will increase students’ knowledge of arbitration law and also increase their understanding of core arbitration principles and methods. Furthermore, the students will receive instruction and practice in legal written and oral techniques, and discuss legal issues in groups.

The course includes an extensive and comprehensive of international commercial arbitration law. It address all significant areas of international commercial arbitration law: the arbitration legal framework, party autonomy, procedural principles, arbitration agreement, jurisdiction, choice of law, arbitral proceedings, arbitral tribunal, arbitral award, and the setting and enforcement of arbitral awards. The course lays the groundwork and prepares students for deepening their knowledge in the subsequent courses which are part of the programme.

  • Course structure

    Follow the link below to read more about the course details.

    Syllabus - International Commercial Arbitration

    Course description (19 Kb)


    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of mainly lectures and seminars, that are complemented with group tutorials, exercises, and a mock arbitration. The language of instruction is English.


    Examination is based on the written assignments, oral presentations, and active participation in the mock arbitration and seminars, and a written examination.


    Daria Kozlowska Rautiainen
    Crina Baltag

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • More information

    Learning platform

    During the course, registered students will receive additional course information on the Athena learning platform.

    Previous course website

    For those who read this course during a previous semester with FastReg as learning platform, you can reach the old website through the link below.


    The Departement

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    Education - Department of Law 


  • Contact

    Course contact:  

    Course coordinator: 
    Marie Hellgren 

    Course manager: 
    Daria Kozlowska Rautiainen