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International Commercial Arbitration

The purpose of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge of international commercial arbitration. Particular emphasis will be put on legal analysis and discussion of issues within central themes, such as the framework of international commercial arbitration, the arbitration agreement, arbitration proceedings, and the award.

International Commercial Arbitration Spring Semester 2017

International Commercial Arbitration, 15.0 credits

Welcome to the Spring Semester 2017!

My name is Jan Leidö and I am the teacher primarily responsible for the course International Commercial  Arbitration Law. I hope the information below will answer any question you might have regarding the course. If you have some additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me by any of the means listed on the bottom of this page. Also, make sure to regularly check the course website, available through Cambro once the course starts.

What Will You Learn? 

As the name suggests, the purpose of the course is to provide in-depth knowledge of international commercial arbitration. Particular emphasis will be put on legal analysis and discussion of issues within central themes: A – The Field; B – The Agreement; C – The Arbitrators; D – The Proceedings; E – The Award; F – Issues for Special Types of Arbitration


The schedule can be found on the link on this page. As the schedule shows, this is a tutorial-based course. This means that: (1) The number of students in this course will be very limited; (2) you will get ample opportunities to practice your ability to think for yourself, writing, ability to present your essential findings, develop mental flexibility and ability to argue; (3) the exact content of the course is much dependent on what you choose to focus on in your papers.  

Specific instructions regarding the overreaching topics for each tutorial will be posted on the course website in Cambro.


As the course literature list shows, there is no mandatory course literature for the course. Instead there will be a reference shelf available for you in the library with some relevant literature. Also, since you will have access to legal databases through the library, you will also find many relevant legal articles and other materials. If you still feel that you would like to have a general textbook to get an overview over the subject, Blackaby & Partaside, Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration (6th ed., OUP: Oxford 2015). ISBN: 978-0198714255 can be recommended (also available in the reference shelf).


The examination of this course is made up of two parts, (1) an oral part (the tutorials) and (2) a written part (the papers). As the schedule shows, the course is made up of 15 tutorials and 15 papers. 

The individual tutorials are not mandatory per se. However, you can get a maximum of 1 point per tutorial for your presentation, defence and discussion, required that you have also handed in your paper for each tutorial before the deadline as detailed by the schedule. To pass the course you first need a minimum of 8 points from the oral part. Thus, there is an incentive for you to attend as many tutorials as possible. 

For the written part, you choose 5 papers that you want the responsible teacher to base the examination on. You can get a maximum of 9 points per paper, that is a maximum of 45 points in total for the written part.

This means that the maximum available points for the course is 60 points and the oral part corresponds to 25 % of the available points and the written part to 75 % of the available points.

To pass the course you will need a total of at least 30 points and at least 8 of these points must come from the oral part. To pass with distinction you will ned a total of at least 45 points. 

If you fail either in the oral or the written part, there will opportunity for reexamination of that part. In preparing your papers, please observe that Umeå Univeristy takes plagiarism very seriously. If you have any doubts what constitutes plagiarism, please let me know.

Introduction & Registration

The course starts with introduction and registration Monday, January 16, at 09.15 in hall S 310 of the Social Sciences Building (Samhällsvetarhuset). At this time, you will get information about the tutorials (including the papers to be submitted). If you are unable to participate at that time but intend to take the course, please contact me as soon as possible.


I am academically responsible for the course. If you have any problems or questions of academic nature, you can e-mail me at jan.leido@umu.se or call me at (+46) 090-786 58 92. Katarina Lundqvist is the course secretary and handles all administrative questions.

Kind regards,
Jan Leidö