• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2017
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International Arbitration and Negotiation Moot Competition in Japan (LAWS4266)

Topics covered in this course generally include:

Private International Law: Basic Concepts

    Jurisdiction over disputes, people, property
    Choice and conflict of laws

Substantive Cross-Border Legal Matters

    UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracting
    Comparative law topics (the specific subject will be determined by the factual problem and may cover constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, torts etc)


    Introduction to arbitration
    UNCITRAL Rules of Commercial Arbitration

Advocacy and Cross-Cultural Communication

    Effective oral advocacy in arbitration
    Effective written advocacy for arbitration and for negotiation
    Effective Japanese language and cross-cultural communication in a legal context


    Basic principles and strategies of negotiation, including MESO (Multiple Equivalent Simultaineous Offers)
    Cultural based negotiation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:
• Outline, summarise and/or synthesise a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and significant norms of the international commercial law covered in the course;
• Select and apply a range of communication skills and apply critical thinking in order to moot as if an advocate at an international commercial arbitration, demonstrating adaptability in practice and competition moots by taking a range of positions within the advocacy team and on either side of the legal dispute;
• Select and apply a range of communication skills and creative thinking in order to negotiate as a member of a team undertaking a commercial negotiation, demonstrating adaptability in practice and competition negotiations by taking a range of positions within the negotiation team and on either side of the legal dispute;
• Outline, summarise and/or synthesise a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a moot competition judge;
• Analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
• Independently define, plan and conduct legal research on international commercial law in order to produce written memoranda for the international law and arbitration moot competition.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
• Student contribution to the team's preparation
• Three written team memoranda ahead of the arbitration and negotiation
• Assessment of the student's participation in the competition
• Reflective essay following the competition

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Effective participation requires a commitment of approximately 10 hours per week throughout the preparation and competition period.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of laws or Juris Doctor and completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses or JD(O) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B.

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9746 01 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 31 Dec 2017 In Person N/A

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