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    London Summer Arbitration School

    The London Summer Arbitration School will take place on 20-24 June 2022. It will also be possible to attend the school in the online format.

    London is one of the world’s leading arbitration hubs with parties from all over the world choosing the city as the place for their arbitration, often governed by English law. English law remains the most popular applicable law not only in London-based arbitrations but also globally. Over five thousand law firms are based in London and many have offices all over the world.

    While many are aware of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), fewer practitioners know about more specialised areas of international arbitration. For example, the number of maritime arbitrations administered by the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) in London actually exceeds the number of commercial proceedings handled by LCIA. Most disputes resolved by arbitration have an international element.

    Building on the success of the Basel Winter Arbitration School, the London Summer Arbitration School will feature an interactive five-day programme introducing participants not only to commercial arbitration but also to less well-known types of arbitration such as maritime, construction and commodities arbitration. The participants will also engage in discussion of related career and business development opportunities with practitioners and representatives of arbitral institutions.

    The summer school programme will also include professional networking and social activities such as the Legal London Guided Tour (the Inns of Court, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Law Society and other law-related places).

    NEW: The London Summer Arbitration School Programme is now available online.

    NEW: The London Summer Arbitration School Brochure with biographies of all faculty members is now available online. 


    Prof. Dr. Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, LL.M. (Leiden)
    Prof. Dr. Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof, LL.M. (Leiden)
    Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    Meg Kinnear, LL.M. (Virginia)
    Meg Kinnear, LL.M. (Virginia)
    Secretary-General of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
    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
    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 in Switzerland
    Jonathan Waters, LL.M. (Leicester)
    Jonathan Waters, LL.M. (Leicester)
    General Counsel of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA)
    David Scorey QC, LL.M. (Leiden)
    David Scorey QC, LL.M. (Leiden)
    Barrister with Essex Court Chambers, Chairman of ARIAS (UK), the Insurance and Reinsurance Arbitration Society
    James Clanchy, FCIArb
    James Clanchy, FCIArb
    Full-time arbitrator in independent practice and Honorary Secretary of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
    Lucy Greenwood, C.Arb
    Lucy Greenwood, C.Arb
    Independent international arbitrator, the founder of the Campaign for Greener Arbitrations
    Prof. Dr. Eyal Benvenisti, LL.M. (Yale)
    Prof. Dr. Eyal Benvenisti, LL.M. (Yale)
    Whewell Professor of International Law and Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
    Jane Wessel, FCIArb
    Jane Wessel, FCIArb
    Partner with international law firm Arnold & Porter based in London.
    Dr. Kabir Duggal, BCL (Oxford)
    Dr. Kabir Duggal, BCL (Oxford)
    Attorney in Arnold & Porter’s New York office and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School
    Dr Gérardine Goh Escolar, LL.M. (UCL)
    Dr Gérardine Goh Escolar, LL.M. (UCL)
    Professor (Adjunct) at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)
    Greg Fullelove, LL.M. (Leiden)
    Greg Fullelove, LL.M. (Leiden)
    Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group at Osborne Clarke LLP

    Key features

    Young practitioners and graduate students working in the field of dispute resolution will particularly benefit from this programme. However, more established practioners may also appreciate a thorough introduction into less known types of arbitration and related practice development opportunities.

    Representatives of arbitral institutions, international organisations, top practitioners and scholars will conduct an intensive 5-day programme, which will cover, in addition to other topics:

    • ad hoc arbitration
    • maritime arbitration
    • construction arbitration
    • commodities arbitration
    • commercial arbitration
    • ethics in international arbitration
    • finance & insurance arbitration
    • climate change arbitration
    • outer space arbitration
    • investor-state arbitration
    • relationship between arbitral tribunals and domestic courts.

    Key benefits of participation

    All classes will be taught by the Arbitration Lab faculty consisting of top experts in the area of international arbitration. Learning at the Summer 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
    • a certificate of completion.


    Many of the world’s major banks and law firms are headquartered in London, and law firms from the United Stated often use London as a gateway to their practice in Europe. The law of England and Wales remains the most frequently chosen law applicable to contracts not only in Europe but in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world. English remains the most common language of business communication today with many contracts drafted in English and arbitral proceedings conducted in English. This is why some call London both the financial and the legal capital of Europe.

    The English justice system based on common law has centuries of tradition behind it and shaped many other legal systems of the world. London is renowned for the quality and impartiality of its judges. That makes London a frequently chosen seat of arbitration for many international disputes. In addition, London is home to the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), various arbitral institutions dealing with commodities arbitration such as the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).

    London remains Europe’s most visited city by tourists. Some of the city’s best museums, including the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the Museum of London are within a short walk from the summer school’s location. The shopping temptations of the Oxford Street and the bars of Soho are also a stone’s throw away. The participants will benefit from a bespoke Legal London Walk, taking them to the Inns of Court, the Royal Court of Justice and the Old Bailey.

    Programme and application procedure

    The provisional programme of the summer school is available here: London Summer Arbitration School Programme.

    Apply online

    Please apply to attend the London Summer Arbitration School using this form by 26 May 2022.


    in-person online
    Standard rate (no discount) £950 £475
    Full-time students £850 £425
    Students of Basel University and CTLS partner institutions £750 £375


    Further information

    With any questions please email info@arbitrationlab.com. You may also want to follow the Arbitration Lab on LinkedIn and other social networks.


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