Introduction to International Commercial and Investment Arbitration


Course Description:

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive, practically oriented overview of international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration law for students who are contemplating pursuit of a career, particularly in the private law firm context, involving international arbitration in or related to Germany and, for that matter, abroad. The theoretical and practical emphasis is, in roughly equal measure, on both civil law and common law approaches.


Class participation is expected and is critical to maximizing the benefit from the course. Grading will be based 25% on class participation and 75% on the exam. The following topics will be addressed in the 7 lectures:

  • Session 1: Key elements of international commercial arbitration
  • Session 2: The Arbitration Agreement
  • Session 3: Applicable procedural and substantive laws
  • Session 4: Key Elements of International Investment Arbitration
  • Session 5: Establishment of the arbitral tribunal, powers and duties of the arbitral tribunal
  • Session 6: Conduct of the arbitral proceedings and hearings
  • Session 7: The arbitral award, its challenge and its enforcement

Reading List:

Alan Redfern & Martin Hunter, Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration(Student Version, 6th ed.)

Credit Points:



Dr. Markus Burianski