UCL Summer School


International Commercial Arbitration

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Dr Melis Özdel
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Memorandum (75%), Presentation (25%)
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International Commercial Arbitration

Module overview

This module concerns the contractual and procedural elements of international commercial arbitration both from comparative and practical perspectives, focusing particularly on the English Arbitration Act 1996, the UNCITRAL Model Law and the New York Convention.

Various cross-border commercial disputes are frequently resolved by arbitration in London. London is home to a wide range of arbitral institutions, and it boasts a wealth of talented arbitration professionals. Arbitration agreements frequently refer to a specified set of arbitration rules to govern the arbitral procedure. As this is the case, arbitration is usually carried out in accordance with the rules of an administering arbitral institution (such as the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)). In trade and commodity arbitration, parties generally refer to the arbitration rules of some particular trade associations (such as GAFTA {The Grain and Feed Trade Association} rules and FOSFA {The Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations} rules).

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the laws governing international commercial arbitration
  • Have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to draft arbitration agreements
  • Have acquired the practical skills and knowledge necessary to advise and represent parties in the arbitral process
  • Be able to discuss the key contractual and procedural issues arising before, during and after an arbitration
  • Have the skills to analyse legal problems and offer solutions

Module prerequisites

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 2,500 word memorandum (75%)
  • 15 minute presentation (25%)

Module leader

Dr Melis Özdel is the Director of the UCL
Centre for Commercial Law. At UCL, she
 convenes the International Trade law and 
Carriage of Goods by Sea modules and co-convenes the International Arbitration Law module. Melis has published extensively in various areas of Maritime, International Trade, Conflict of Laws and Arbitration Law. Melis is the author of Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties (Hart Publishing, 2015) and co-author of EU Maritime Transport Law (Hart-Nomos- Beck, 2016) Melis is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, GAFTA (Grain and Feed Trade Association), Turkey Bar Association and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

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