• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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 information.

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.

Other Information

 Enrolment is limited with selection based on a competitive process. Application information can be located on the Team Australia Website.

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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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses

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 two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
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