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    Basel Winter Arbitration School

    The winter arbitration school will take place on 6-11 February 2022 at the Law Faculty of the University of Basel in Switzerland. The University of Basel, founded in 1460, is the oldest university in Switzerland. The school will feature prominent arbitration practitioners and academics covering different types of public, private and hybrid arbitration topics, and will include speakers from international arbitration institutions headquartered in Switzerland and other countries.

    The school will feature an interactive six-day programme introducing participants to different types of public, private and hybrid arbitration and related practice development and career opportunities. Young practitioners and graduate students working in the field of dispute resolution will particularly benefit from this programme. 

    Download the Basel Winter Arbitration School brochure with bios of confirmed faculty members.

    Key features


    The Winter School curriculum includes classes on:

    • The conceptual foundations of international adjudication 

    • History of international arbitration 

    • Diversity in arbitration 

    • State-State institutional adjudication

    • UNCLOS arbitration 

    • Business and human rights arbitration (the Hague rules)

    • Investor-State arbitration

    • International commercial arbitration

    • Arbitration and mediation at the World Intellectual Property Organisation

    • Arbitration in sports 

    • Human rights at sea arbitration initiative 

    • Oral and written skills in arbitration

    • Panel discussion with practitioners: careers in international arbitration 

    Key benefits of participation

    Learning at the Winter School will involve:

    • acquiring theoretical and practical arbitration skills in various fields
    • gaining knowledge on key transversal topics
    • networking opportunities with top academics, practitioners and international civil servants
    • better understanding of various career paths in international arbitration
    • exposure to novel teaching methods and a collection of teaching materials
    • certificate of attendance.

    Venue

    The venue of the school in Basel, Switzerland, on the river Rhine and within a relatively short reach to the Alps mountains creates an attractive environment for learning and social activities.

    It was in Basel in 1869 when one of the world’s first commercial arbitration rules were published by the Basel Chamber of Commerce (as it was known back then). Basel is an intercultural city, the 3rd largest in Switzerland, situated on the crossing of Switzerland, France and Germany. It has its own airport and connected to major international railway connections.

    Switzerland is regarded as Europe’s most innovative economy, host to many major multinational companies and host state of numerous intergovernmental organisations and international actors. The Winter School participants will benefit from being in Switzerland by engaging with representatives of Swiss-based institutions such as the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre as well as practitioners and academics from Switzerland and other countries.

    Its mountains, lakes as well as architecture and traditions make Switzerland a major tourist hub. The organisers will also give recommendations on the local cultural attracts and a skiing trip to the Alps after the Winter School programme.

    Faculty

    Prof. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Prof. Dr. iur. Anna Petrig, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Chair of International Law and Public Law at the University of Basel
    Prof. Dr. Yarik Kryvoi, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Prof. Dr. Yarik Kryvoi, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Senior Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (London)
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg
    Judge Liesbeth Lijnzaad, LL.M. (Amsterdam)
    Judge Liesbeth Lijnzaad, LL.M. (Amsterdam)
    Judge at the International Tribunal Law of the Sea (Hamburg) and Professor of Practice of International Law (Maastricht)
    Martin Doe, BCL (McGill)
    Martin Doe, BCL (McGill)
    Senior Legal Counsel at Permanent Court of Arbitration (the Hague)
    Ignacio de Castro, LL.M. (King's College London)
    Ignacio de Castro, LL.M. (King's College London)
    Director of IP Disputes and External Relations Division, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre (Geneva)
    Dr. Veijo Heiskanen, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Dr. Veijo Heiskanen, LL.M. (Harvard)
    Partner at LALIVE and international arbitrator (Geneva)
    Dr. iur Christopher Boog, FCIArb, FSIArb
    Dr. iur Christopher Boog, FCIArb, FSIArb
    Partner, Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group and co-head the Sports Practice at Schellenberg Wittmer (Singapore and Zurich)
    Dr. iur Dražen Petrović, LL.M. (EUI Florence)
    Dr. iur Dražen Petrović, LL.M. (EUI Florence)
    Registrar of the ILO Administrative Tribunal (Geneva)
    Prof. Dr. iur August Reinisch, LL.M. (NYU)
    Prof. Dr. iur August Reinisch, LL.M. (NYU)
    Professor of International and European Law at the University of Vienna & member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations

    Programme and application procedure

    To apply for a place at the Basel Winter Arbitration School please complete this form by no later than on 15 November 2021. The successful candidates will be notified by no later than on 1 December 2021 and will be asked to pay a deposit to reserve their place.

    The tuition fee is CHF 950. Full-time students (LL.M. and PhD) can register at a discounted price of CHF 850. For students of the University of Basel special rates apply, please contact anna.petrig@unibas.ch. The scholarship covers attendance of all classes, coffee breaks as well as opening and closing receptions. The participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and other related costs.

    The organisers plan to offer up to two tuition waiver scholarships for suitable candidates from non-OECD countries. The scholarship will cover the tuition fee and the recipients remain responsible for other related costs. Please indicate in your application your eligibility and willingness to be considered for the scholarship. There is no separate scholarship application procedure.

    Read Basel Winter Arbitration School brochure with full bios of confirmed faculty members. For any additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact info@arbitrationlab.com

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