For graduate students, the course number is LAW2035H.

This course satisfies the International/Comparative/Transnational course requirement.

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. This course will meet once a week in-person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [

Note: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

This seminar is about the rapidly-expanding fields of international commercial and investor-state arbitration. We will examine the key tenets of international arbitration as a process for dispute resolution and the applicable statutes, treaties, case law, rules, and institutions. We will also study investor-state arbitration -- the resolution of arbitral claims by investors against states for discriminating, treating unfairly, or expropriating their investments in breach of trade agreements or bilateral investment treaties. There is a significant practical component to this course. Students will participate in a mock international commercial or investor-state arbitration exercise and will learn how to draft arbitration clauses and advise clients how to structure transactions to take advantage of investment treaty protection.

Class participation 50% (40% mock arbitration exercise; 10% contributions to class discussion), and 50% for a 3,000-3,750 word essay on an international arbitration topic.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



17 JD


M: 5:10 - 6:30 (in-class)