Dispute Resolution II: The Practice of Investment Arbitration LAW5183

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Dispute Resolution II: The Practice of Investment Arbitration continues the analysis of questions of dispute resolution/ arbitration developed in Dispute Resolution I: Investment Arbitration. It builds on information provided in that course (which students will have taken as part of the unitary curriculum) and focuses on disputes from the perspective of a practitioner of law.


Based on 7 seminars of circa 2 hours each, to be delivered through a mix of classroom and online teaching. 

Requirements of Entry

Excluded Courses





(This course is offered AFTER students will have taken the course Dispute Resolution I: Investment Arbitration, which is part of the same programme.


Summative assessment through coursework (essay of 4,000 words) (100%)

Course Aims

In the framework of the LLM in International Investment Law and Arbitration, this course is complements the conceptually-focused analysis of the legal regime of investment arbitration with practical perspectives on the skills and strategies required for the effective resolution of disputes. The course contributes to attainments of the aims of the programme, viz. for students to


1. extend their critical understanding and knowledge of the workings of contemporary international investment protection in its legal and political context with a view to applying this knowledge to solving specific investment-related disputes and engaging in debates about a reform of the law;

2. enhance and deepen their professional skills through undertaking problem-focused enquiries and critical analyses relating to the role and place of international law in (a) protecting companies engaged in cross-border investment, and (b) ensuring the necessary regulatory space for States in relation to investment activities

3. advance and improve their employability capacity as international lawyers by developing their legal research, writing, and communication skills


Within that framework, its particular aim is to

4. enhance understanding of thepractical challenges faced by those involved in the resolution of investment-related disputes, incl. awareness of the roles of legal arguments played in that process.


Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will have developed and demonstrated knowledge and understanding, skills and other attributes as described below.


Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.