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‘The Arbitration of International Disputes’ is the third course of Leiden University’s series on International Law in Action. The first course covered generalities on the international courts and tribunals in The Hague, while the second course provided an insider's perspective into the work of international criminal courts and tribunals. This third course explores the major aspects of international arbitration as one of the most common method of international dispute settlement . Through this course you will gain an in-depth understanding of the various facets of international arbitration through the analysis of its role as a mechanism of dispute settlement, its institutions, the fields of law it is applicable to, and, of course, its most famous awards. The main question we will answer together during this course is "Can international arbitration contribute to the creation of a peaceful world through the settlement of disputes between States and between States and non-State actors?" In order to do so, we will learn the basic historical concepts or arbitration, as well as everything there is to know about the Permanent Court of Arbitration, based in The Hague. We will then dive into the role of international arbitration in settling disputes relating to the Law of the Sea, with a particular insight into the landmark South China Sea Arbitration. For an entire module, we will focus on investment arbitration, its principles and the procedure of the ICSID, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. We will conclude the course with a module on the interplay between state immunity and enforcement of arbitral awards. This is brought to light through the Yukos Arbitration which is a perfect illustration of the topic. This course offers you an opportunity to gain a better insight into international arbitration, its role and the current issues relating to it. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the principles and rules of arbitration. You will explore the topic through concrete examples and the most prominent arbitrations. You will also grasp the notion of international arbitration navigating between law and politics. International arbitration and The Hague go hand in hand: several key arbitration institutes are located in The Hague and important disputes were settled here through arbitration. The Hague is, so to speak, ‘the place to be for international arbitration’, especially when we are dealing with arbitration between States, or arbitration of investment disputes between foreign investors and States. Join us for the course and become an expert on international arbitration! This course is free to join and to participate in. There is the possibility to get a verified certificate for the course, which is a paid option. If you want a certificate, but are unable to pay for it, you can request financial aid via Coursera....
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Welcome to the course

Welcome ! Before you start we invite you to first go through our introduction module and introduce yourself in the forum to meet your fellow learners. If you encounter any difficulties while studying, please let us know in the forum. For technical difficulties or questions regarding the course certificate, you can always contact the Coursera Learner Center. Good luck & we hope you will enjoy this course....
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Reading6 readings
Meet the instructors & the team (draft)5m
Welcome to Leiden University & The Grotius Centre5m
Complete our short survey5m
Tips for studying online10m
Being succesful in an international virtual learning community10m
Behaving in an academic way10m
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The History and General Principles of International Arbitration

Have you read all the tips for studying online? Are you ready to delve into the world of dispute settlement through international arbitration? This week, you will learn the history of international arbitration and the general principles of international arbitration. We will also discuss the work of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and its role as administrator of arbitrations....
Reading
5 videos (Total 32 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
A Historical Perspective on International Arbitration8m
Principles of International Arbitration - Part I6m
Principles of International Arbitration - Part II5m
The Permanent Court of Arbitration5m
Reading1 reading
Readings and resourcesm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 130m

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Arbitration and the Law of the Sea

This week will explore the role of international arbitration in settling disputes between States under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS). Why do States choose arbitration to settle their disputes regarding the law of the sea? To answer this question, we will study how arbitration fits into the complex dispute settlement architecture of UNCLOS, and discuss the option given to States parties to choose either arbitration or settlement through adjudication before the International Court of Justice or the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. We will conclude this week with an analysis of the famous dispute between the Philippines and China in relation to the parties' maritime entitlements in the South China Sea. Through this case, you will learn how arbitration navigates between law and politics. ...
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5 videos (Total 35 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Dispute Settlement Architecture of the Law of the Sea Convention7m
Arbitrating Law of the Sea Disputes7m
Why do states choose arbitration over adjudication?6m
The South China Sea Arbitration8m
Reading1 reading
Readings and resources30m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 230m

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Investment Arbitration

Do you remember, from the first week, the different types of parties to a dispute? What makes an arbitration 'mixed'? This week, we will focus on investment treaty arbitration, the most notable example of arbitration between States and non-State actors. I will introduce you to the main principles of investment treaty arbitration, and the procedure at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). ...
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5 videos (Total 29 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Principles of Investment Treaty Arbitration5m
Types of Claims in Investment Arbitration5m
Arbitration under the ICSID Convention7m
Transparency in Investment Arbitration5m
Reading1 reading
Readings and Resources45m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 330m

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State Immunity and the Enforcement & Validity of International Arbitral Decision

What happens after an arbitral award has been rendered? Can an award be invalidated? How are arbitral awards enforced? This week, we will see how a ‘valid’ decision can be rendered and what the parties who are dissatisfied with a decision can or cannot do. More specifically, you will learn about the aftermath of the Yukos Arbitration, an investment arbitration that perfectly illustrates the interplay between state immunity and the enforcement of arbitral awards....
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5 videos (Total 28 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Annulment of International Arbitral Awards6m
The Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards6m
Enforcement and State Immunity: Principles5m
Enforcement and State Immunity: The Yukos Arbitration5m
Reading2 readings
Readings and Resources15m
Complete our short survey5m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 430m
Final quiz45m
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By HMApr 6th 2018

This was a very insightful course. The manner in which it is structured allows a considerable in-depth coverage of content and direction for further personal development.

By RKJul 12th 2018

The course content was really good and met my expectations. I am very thankful to both the instructors for designing this wonderful course

Instructors

Eric De Brabandere

Prof. Dr.
Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

Giulia Pinzauti

Dr.
Public International Law

About Universiteit Leiden

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia. Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. Our motto is: Praesidium Libertatis — Bastion of Liberty....

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