LAWS5576 International Commercial Arbitration

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit considers commercial arbitration in international transactions. Among the topics discussed are advantages and disadvantages of arbitration; availability of arbitration; drafting of arbitration clauses; arbitration proceedings (including problems respecting the law governing procedural and substantive questions); judicial review of arbitral awards; and enforceability of awards. Key readings are distributed, with references to internet publications.
Students are able to (1) understand the legal and procedural regime for international arbitration in Australia; (2) understand the nature of arbitration as a form of dispute resolution and its advantages and disadvantages over litigation; (3) understand the relationship between domestic courts and arbitration, and the autonomy of the arbitral process; (4) understand some of the procedures of some of the major international arbitral institutions (UNCITRAL); and (5) understand issues involved in the drafting and enforcing of arbitration agreements and awards.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation and (2) assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course
Unit Coordinator(s)
Honorary Fellow Kanaga Dharmananda SC
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS3307 International Commercial Arbitration, LAWS6576 International Commercial Arbitration
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period.

Unit materials are available from Booktopia.

There is no prescribed text for the unit, but students may find the following useful:

Redfern, A. and Hunter, M. The Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, 5th edn: Sweet & Maxwell 2009


The International Arbitration Act (including the United Nations New York Convention and the Model Law)


ICC Rules

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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.