• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Carol Lawson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Spring Session 2019
    See Future Offerings

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)
  • Arbitration
  • 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
  • Negotiation
  • Basic principles and strategies of negotiation, including MESO (Multiple Equivalent Simultaneous Offers)
  • Culture-based negotiation

Please note that admission into this course is via an application process. Applications open in May of every year with interviews scheduled for early June. Please see https://www.teamaustralia-inc.net/applications for more infromation

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Outline, summarise and synthesise a coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and significant norms of the international commercial law covered in the course;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. Outline, summarise and synthesise a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a moot competition judge;
  5. Analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems, demonstrating intellectual independence;
  6. Independently define, plan and conduct legal research on international commercial law in order to produce written memoranda for the international arbitration moot competition.
  7. Recognise the importance of reflective practice and implement the reflective process to analyse the student's own learning experience.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The student's contribution to the team's preparation (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. The student's contribution to the three written team memoranda ahead of the arbitration and negotiation rounds (25) [LO 4,5,6]
  3. The student's participation in the Competition (25) [LO 2,3,4]
  4. A reflective essay following the Competition (1000 words) (25) [LO 5,7]

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

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses; OR Juris Doctor - online (MJDOL) and have completed LAWS8712 Australian Public Law and International Law B.

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

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the 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
2019 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8652 27 Jul 2019 01 Oct 2019 01 Oct 2019 31 Jan 2020 In Person N/A

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