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Arbitration Law

Arbitration law in the UK and in other key jurisdictions; cross-border arbitration; UNCITRAL Model Law; ADR; International Private Law

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedNovember 2002
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedSeptember 2013
Version No.5

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to course entry qualifications or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

1. To provide students with an in-depth knowledge and comparative understanding of UK and international arbitration law.
2. To convey a deep understanding of the isues that can arise in cross-border arbitrations.
3. To consider some of the key institutional arbitral rules.
4. To understand in outline some of the alternatives to arbitration.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Discuss in depth the basic structure of the arbitral regimes in the UK and in other key jurisdictions.
2. Evaluate and explain the main issues that arise out of arbitrations with a cross-border element.
3. Critically analyse and compare the various institutional rules available for the resolution of UK and international arbitrations.
4. Critically analyse some of the main arbitral rules available for the resolution of cross-border disputes.
5. Analyse and discuss the diverse non-arbitral methods of commercial dispute resolution.

Indicative Module Content

UK arbitral law from appointment of arbitrator to enforcement of award; similar arbitral law in selected civilian jurisdictions; similar arbitral law in the US; international private law (choice of law, recognition and enforcement of decrees and awards and jurisdiction); overview of non-arbitral dispute resolution methods; overview of UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985 as amended; overview of selected institutional arbitral rules.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeBlended Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This course will be taught via online lecture notes, online tutorials, assigned reading, case studies and directed reading/research.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

Coursework comprising 2 parts

Indicative Bibliography

1.BLACKABY, N. and PARTASIDES, C., 2015 Redfern and Hunter on internationl arbitration - student version 6th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2.BROWN, H. and MARRIOT, A., 2011. ADR Principles and practice. 3rd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
3.HARRIS, B., PLANTEROSE R. and TECKS, J., 2014. Arbitration act 1996. 5th ed. London: Blackstone Press.
4.LEW, J.D.M., MISTELIS, L.A. and KROLL, S.M., 2003. Comparative international commercial arbitration. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International.
5.SUTTON, J.D., GILL, J., et al 2014. Russell on arbitration. 24th ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.

Additional Notes


Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781