International Commercial Arbitration Outline

International Commercial Arbitration Outline

By David Mcl. Williams

David was on a panel discussing “Business Arbitration” at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law on November 2, 2012. He presented an Outline of his presentation which can be accessed from this page. His Outline covers the practical challenges of resolving disputes between parties who are citizens of different nations and the practical advantages and disadvantages of arbitration compared to multi-nation litigation. David then surveys the international conventions and the Federal Arbitration Act that provide the legal structures for handling international arbitrations.

Drafting the arbitration agreement is another important practical aspect of international arbitration. David’s Outline covers the key elements that an arbitration agreement should cover such as the “seat” of the arbitration, applicable procedure, law that applies to the substantive issues, administration of the arbitration, and number of arbitrators.

David concludes the Outline with the many ways courts become involved in international arbitrations. Enforcement of an agreement to arbitrate, approaching a court for relief during an arbitration, and judicial enforcement of arbitral awards are each addressed in the Outline. David concludes the Outline with an excellent Bibliography of books, treatises, and article on international arbitration.