International Commercial Arbitration (LAWS5137)


This unit of study aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of international commercial arbitration. The course covers the entire process of international arbitration: the significance of international commercial arbitration in international dispute resolution; the importance of a well drafted arbitration agreement; all procedural and conceptual aspects and legal issues arising during cross border arbitrations; arbitral awards and the enforcement of arbitral awards around the world through the 1958 New York Convention, and the relevance and use of mediation (and its hybrids) in resolving commercial disputes. The unit will address the role and significance of specialised forms of international arbitrations and organisations involved in administering international arbitrations, including investor-State arbitrations under investment treaties and free trade agreements.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


2x2hr seminars/week for 10 weeks


Choice of 1) 3,500wd optional mid-term assignment (50%) and 1 x 2hr exam (50%) or 2) 1 x 3hr exam (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002


LAWS3092 or LAWS3437

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.