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To be able to make a useful contribution to the settlement of international disputes through arbitration in commercial or foreign investment matters, students must also be confronted with the realities of a demanding practice. A comprehensive and detailed understanding of arbitration, its intricacies and applicable legal regimes is not enough. Students must be faced with its practical implementation, in a way as close as possible to actual practice.

Such is the objective of the series of ten workshops throughout the year. These will involve practitioners, both academic and non-academic, who will expose students to the necessary practical skills and knowledge. These workshops will highlight the importance of provisional and conservatory measures, the art of conducting and arbitral proceedings, including an expedited one, as well as the art of persuading (both in writing and orally) or to the art of examination and cross-examination. They will discuss in detail the distinctive features of some of the main arbitration rules and centers. A workshop will also be devoted to the delicate issue of damage assessment in international arbitration, which requires economic, financial as well as legal expertise. To keep up with a fast changing technological environment, artificial intelligence will also be addressed.

Fall Semester


Provisional and Protective Measures - 6 hours
Gisèle STEPHENS-CHU, Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Roland ZIADÉ, Partner, Linklaters LLP

Conduct of Arbitral Proceedings - 6 hours
Yves DERAINS, Founding Partner, Derains & Gharavi

Drafting Skills and Written Advocacy - 6 hours
Natasha PETER, Counsel, Gide Loyrette Nouel

Assessing Damages in International Arbitration - 6 hours
Jean-Sébastien BORGHETTI, Professor of Law, Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University
Anton de FEUARDANT, Economic and Financial Expert, Fair Links

The purpose of this workshop is to train students in the assessment of damages, an essential but often overlooked element of almost all arbitral proceedings. Students will be introduced to the legal framework applicable to the identification and calculation of compensable losses, and then to the various methods used by financial and economic experts to measure damages in different contexts. Issues about evidence will also be addressed. At the end of the seminar students will be confronted with a real case study. The topic of damages is one where legal and non-legal elements are most closely intertwined, and the seminar is therefore taught jointly by a legal academic and an economic and financial expert, both with a strong experience of arbitration, either as an arbitrator or as an expert.

Oral Advocacy - 6 hours
Andrew PLUMP, Counsel, Linklaters LLP

ICC Arbitration - 6 hours
Diana PARAGUACUTO-MAHÉO, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP

French as a Foreign Language (optional) - 18 hours

Spring Semester


Experts and Witnesses – Examination and Cross-Examination - 6 hours
Peter ROSHER, Partner, Reed Smith

Main Arbitration Centers & Arbitration Rules - 18 hours
ICSID Arbitration - Alexis MOURRE, Independent arbitrator, President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
UNCITRAL Rules - Clément FOUCHARD, Partner, Reed Smith
FAA Arbitration - Marc HENRY, Partner, FTMS Avocats, Doctor in Law, President of the French Arbitration Association (FAA)

Expedited Procedures - 6 hours
Fernando MANTILLA-SERRANO, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP

Artificial Intelligence in the Arbitration Arena - 6 hours
Jacques LEVY-VÉHEL, Founder of Case Law Analytics