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Course Descriptions

International Arbitration Competition (Fall 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-825
  • Class Number: 03579
  • Instructor: John Garman

Course Description

Arbitration has become the preferred method of settling disputes in international business transactions. USC, Gould School of Law is offering a course in International Arbitration Competition. The general purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of international commercial arbitration, and to prepare a team for participation in an International Arbitration Competition to take place in Vienna, Austria or Hong Kong. This course will be taught by Professor John W. Garman, Phone:  (310) 796-7950, Cell: (310) 850-9071, Email:

The course will cover some basic aspects of international commercial arbitration including an Introduction and overview, choice of law, the selection of arbitrators and their role, the proceedings before the arbitrators and enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards.  It will include a focus on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules as well as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). For further information as to this course, please refer to the course syllabus on line.

A very exciting aspect of this course is to select and prepare a USC Gould Law School team for participation in theWillem C. VisInternational Commercial Arbitration Moot.This is a highly prestigious international moot courtcompetition that is held annually in Vienna, Austriaand Hong Kong.  This moot attracts law school teams from all around the world. The moot consists of submitting written memoranda prior to the moot on designated dates for both sides of the dispute (Claimant and Respondent) and an oral arguments phase of the moot that are held in Vienna and Hong Kong. Memorandum for Claimant is due in December 2017 and Memorandum for Respondent is due in January 2018.  Oral arguments will be held in Vienna during March 22-29, 2018 and oral arguments will be held in Hong Kong during March 11-18, 2018.

This class will be limited to eight students. Students desiring to enroll in this course will be required to submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae (CV) to Professor Garman by May 31, 2017. Telephone interviews will then be conducted with all applicants for enrollment in this class. The eight students selected for this class will be selected based upon their cover letter, CV and the telephone interview. Four of the eight enrolled students will be selected as the USC, Gould School of Law team participating in the 2018 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

The cover letter should be limited to one page and include a brief history of the applicant, any experience in the area of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR), reasons why the student wants to be selected for enrollment in this course and contact information for the telephone interview.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: CR/D/F Only
  • Schedule: W 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 114
  • Exam: None
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: yes
  • Participation: Required
  • Enrollment Limitation: 8 students