International arbitration law (2008/2009)

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Name of lecturers
Franco Ferrari, Francesca Ragno
Franco Ferrari
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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1° periodo di lezioni dal Oct 1, 2008 al Dec 15, 2008.

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Learning outcomes

The course is aimed at providing an in-depth analysis of arbitration as an alternative to traditional litigation before state courts; this will allow students to determine which is the best way to protect certain interests. Specific attention will be devoted to the advantages of arbitration, such as its flexibility, its expeditiousness, the confidentiality aspect, freedom to designate the arbitrators and easier circulation of arbitral awards compared to decisions rendered by state courts.


The first part of the course will focus on general issues, including the distinction between foreign arbitration and international arbitration, between administered and ad hoc arbitration, the pros and cons of an agreement on a sole arbitrator rather than on a panel of arbitrators, the importance of both the seat and the language of the arbitration, the sources of international arbitration, the arbitration agreement, the arbitral proceeding, the arbitral award, the recognition and the enforcement of arbitral awards, etc.

The second part of the course will be devoted to the analysis of arbitral awards published in English.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Lew/Mistelis/Kröll Comparative International Commercial Arbitration. L’Aja/Londra/New York (Kluwer Law International) 2003
Poudret/Besson comparé de l’arbitrage international Bruxelles/Parigi/Zurigo(Bruylant/L.G.D.J./Schulthess) 2002 In alternativa al testo di Lew/Mistelis/Kroll
Di Pietro L’arbitrato commerciale internazionale, in I nuovi contratti nella prassi civile e commerciale, vol. XI, Figure della contrattazione internazionale. Utet- Torino 2004

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