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International Commercial Arbitration


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.


The objective of this course is to provide students with insight in the theory and practice of international arbitration. The course will address the key features and pros and cons of arbitration. The course will include a discussion of the validity of arbitration agreements, mechanisms for the selection of arbitrators, arbitration procedure and court procedures in support of arbitration.


Programme Coordinator LLM (Adv) International Civil and Commercial Law
Office for International Education / Leiden Law School


Ms. Hosna Sheikhattar
T: +31 71 527 7998


Online: interactive lectures, tutorials/working groups


Written exam (70%)
Written/oral assignments (30%)

The overall course grade should be at least 5,5 in order to complete the course successfully.
There will be one oral retake (100%) substituting all previous assessments.


Full degree in law granting access to the legal profession (or equivalent). A basic understanding of private international law and public international law is recommended. Attendance of lectures is mandatory. Completion of reading materials prior to the lectures is required. The course outline and reading list/reading materials will be made available on Brightspace.