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Arbitration Workshop — Legal Counselling in International Arbitration

June 30 to July 11, 2014
Penn State Law, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA 

Taught by Distinguished Scholar In Residence Professor William Fox, this three-credit course is primarily clinical in character. With the help of teaching assistants and the conduct of round-table discussions with the professor, students will be introduced to an international commercial venture involving construction or the sale of goods. Students will be invited to play roles in the counselling process — as the clients, the lawyers, third-party guarantors, or other participants. The simulation will involve defining the commercial project, assessing the risks of the venture, and determining how the contract can attenuate these risks. With the aid of the teaching assistants, the participants will prepare their version of the traditional parts of the contract: party rights and responsibilities, the goals of the transaction, the guarantees, choice-of-law, forum selection, the recourse to arbitration, and the creation of an arbitration and arbitration proceedings. Each phase of the counselling process will involve in-class presentations by designated students and assessments by the other students and instructors. Credits may be counted toward the Penn State LL.M. degree.

Students who successfully complete the course can gain:

  • an understanding of basic terms and concepts, including arbitral clause, the submission, contract freedom, public policy, contract inarbitrability, subject-matter inarbitrability, and ​vacatur.
  • an understanding of application of the law to transactional circumstances, including the tentative commercial project, likely problems, protecting the client through the contract, choosing the governing law, forum-selection clause, the arbitral clause, and administration of the arbitration.

​Tuition and Fees

Tuition and study materials for this 3-credit program costs $5,136 USD. Expenses not covered by program fees include food as well as costs for personal transportation and excursions. Housing is not covered by the tuition costs (see below). Please provide the full payment by May 1, 2014. Payments can be made by credit card here.

What are the application requirements?

To facilitate the enrollment process there is an online application. Proof of English language competence and education information are required. There is a separate application for housing and costs are approximately $500 USD.

Medical Insurance

Participants are required to have medical insurance coverage. This coverage is available through Penn State University AETNA Health Insurance office and is approximately $365.

To learn more about the Arbitration Workshop, contact Ms. Brenda Johnson at +1.814.867.2373 or

William Fox

Professor William Fox has been a practicing attorney and a professor of law for more than thirty-five years. A private practitioner in Washington, D.C., he concentrates on international business transactions with additional work in federal agency matters and veterans law. For fifteen years, he has been a member of the faculty (senior research fellow) of the Centre for Energy, Mineral & Petroleum Law & Policy, the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he teaches courses in international business law.

Professor Fox was a tenured professor on the faculty of the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Professor Fox served as associate dean for academic affairs at Columbus School of Law and then as dean from 2003-2005. Professor Fox has been a senior lecturer on the Fulbright Program in Bandung, Indonesia, a senior associate member of Saint Antony's College, Oxford University, and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. He has lectured in more than thirty countries around the world.