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LAWS6146 Advanced Commercial Arbitration

Module Overview

This module builds on Principles of Commercial Arbitration, which is therefore a pre-requisite. It covers other fundamental principles of English arbitration law (apart from consumer arbitrations), not covered in Principles of Commercial Arbitration. As with Principles of Commercial Arbitration, the module covers the main principles adopted in English arbitration law. The English law was largely, but not entirely, codified in the Arbitration Act 1996, giving effect to many fundamental principles, which are accepted internationally. The application of the main provisions of the 1996 Act therefore forms the backbone of the course. It should be remembered that standard forms providing for English law and arbitration are used widely throughout the world, and so this is a subject with global reach.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The main principles which govern the English law of commercial arbitration and the extent to which English law is influenced by internationally accepted principles
  • Describe and assess existing areas of debate about what arbitration law is and what it ought to be, both in the UK and internationally
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse relevant legal materials, including statutes, case law and standard arbitration clauses
  • Identify and explain the main internationally-accepted principles underpinning the law relating to commercial arbitration
  • Apply the legal principles, with appropriate legal authorities, in the solution of complex problems
  • Appraise and criticise existing debates in U.K. and international arbitration law, using appropriate legal research skills.
  • Locate and analyse relevant legal and other primary and secondary source materials including model contracts
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Distinguish relevant from irrelevant materials
  • Identify and analyse key issues
  • Think critically, develop coherent arguments in writing
  • Display clarity and objectivity in written discussion demonstrating an awareness of issue of academic integrity


The following is an indicative list of module content. The main principles of the English law of commercial arbitration, including: - incorporation and construction of arbitration agreements; - arbitration agreements and third parties; - conditional benefit doctrine; - anti-suit injunctions and EU law; - tiered dispute resolution; - human rights aspects; - recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. (It assumes and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Principles of Commercial Arbitration

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods: One 2-hour class per week (three-weekly cycle of two 2-hour lectures and one 2-hour seminar) Teaching for this module is by lectures and tutorials. Lectures will introduce the main principles and structure of the subject. You are expected to provide the main input to the tutorials, where the main issues are discussed. The most important part of learning is your own independent study. This will, however, be closely guided, and firmly tied into the lectures, tutorials and assessment. Most of the discussion will revolve around the main legal decisions, and the arguments that have been advanced, and accepted or rejected in the cases. In tutorials you will have the opportunity to present arguments orally to a group of peers and defend your position under challenge. E-learning E-learning facilities are provided through Blackboard. Lectures will be recorded in case any part of a lecture is missed, and for revision. Computer-based quizzes will be used alongside the lectures and tutorials to help provide a direction for your study. Reading Recommended reading will be provided for each tutorial, and there will be recommended books, which will, however, form only the initial basis for study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

A Blackboard website is available to the students with links to further e-resources.

Merkins. Arbitration Law. 



Mock exam


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

LAWS6145Principles of Commercial Arbitration
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