Course Details

Arbitration in the United States

This seminar focuses on arbitration as a method of resolving both domestic and international commercial disputes. The course will explore the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration as compared to both mediation and litigation in the courts. In addition, the course will address the statutory basis for U.S. arbitration; the nature and scope of arbitral jurisdiction; the nature of the arbitral process; techniques of effective advocacy in arbitral hearings; the enforcement of arbitral awards; and judicial review of arbitral proceedings. The course will also review a series of recent Supreme Court decisions in which the Court has limited the scope of judicial review of arbitral awards and clarified the ways in which arbitral agreements can limit liability (for example, by barring class actions). Finally, the course will examine international arbitration in the United States, including the U.S. enforcement of international awards and the conduct in the U.S. of arbitrations between governments and private parties (“Investor-State” arbitrations). Registration Requirements: none Evaluation Methods: Evaluation will be based on a paper and an in-class presentation. Class Materials: Course materials will be provided. This class meets the Professional Writing requirement.

Catalog Number: LITARB 687
Additional Course Information: Professional Writing


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Arbitration in the United States
Faculty: Ferguson, James R. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 15

Fall 2016
Title: Arbitration in the United States
Faculty: Ferguson, James R. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 19