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LLM in International Commercial Arbitration

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The LLM with a concentration in International Commercial Arbitration is designed to combine a robust academic foundation, a capstone practice experience in which every student will compete in an international arbitration competition, methodical examination and practice of the negotiation and mediation processes, and enough electives for students to be able to take electives to sit for the New York or California bar exam.

Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses

Required: Nine Two Unit Courses (18 Units)

  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice
  • Capstone Mock Arbitration
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to US Law *
  • Legal Research and Writing I (Required only for international attorneys)

Two of the Following Three Courses:

  • International Commercial Arbitration and the National Courts
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Ethical Considerations in International Commercial Arbitration

* Introduction to US Law would be waived for any student who has completed or is completing more than ten units of US substantive law courses, which is often required to sit for a bar exam in the US.

Elective Courses

Elective Courses – 8 units required (12 units required for those waiving Introduction to US Law and Legal Research and Writing I)

    • Advanced Mediation Seminar
    • Advanced Trial Practice
    • Appellate Advocacy
    • Arbitration Law
    • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy
    • Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum
    • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
    • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution:
      • London/Geneva
      • Hong Kong/Beijing
    • Dispute Resolution in Education
    • Dispute Resolution and Religion
    • Divorce and Family Mediation
    • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
    • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
    • International Commercial Dispute Resolution
    • International Litigation
    • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
    • Lawyering Process
    • Restorative Justice
    • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
      • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
      • Dispute Resolution Systems Design
      • Dispute Resolution and Technology
      • Employment Disputes
      • Entertainment Industry Disputes
      • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
      • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
      • Intellectual Property
      • Labor Disputes
      • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
      • Mass Torts
      • Ombuds
    • Trial Practice
    • Trial Preparation and Settlement
    • or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval

Students desiring to sit for a US bar exam will need to take 12 units of substantive law courses which may include: Torts, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Contract or Corporations.

Recommended Courses

Winter Intensive 2015

Negotiation Theory and Practice – taught by Jasper Kim

Spring 2015

  • International Commercial Arbitration and the National Courts – taught by Jack Coe with Distinguished Guest Practitioners
  • Ethical Considerations in International Commercial Arbitration – taught by Jack Coe with Distinguished Guest Practitiones
  • Mediation Theory and Practice – taught by Peter Robinson
  • Elective #3
  • Elective #4
  • Elective #5

* Note: Introduction to US Law would be waived for any student who has completed or is completing more than ten units of US substantive law courses, which is often required to sit for a bar exam in the US. Thus international students sitting for the California Bar exam would complete 16 units of required courses listed above and 12 units of substantive law courses as required by the California Bar.

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The program requirements for the International Commercial Arbitration concentration will differ slightly from the standard LLM in Dispute Resolution so applicants can elect the concentration at the point of application or when they arrive on campus.


Faculty Director

Jack J. Coe, Jr., Faculty Director - LLM Program

Jack J. Coe, Jr., Faculty Director - LLM Program

Jack J. Coe, Jr., is professor of law at Pepperdine University with a specialty in private international law. Professor Coe's training includes advanced studies in Europe. He received his LL. M. at Exeter, the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He is an Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law of International Commercial Arbitration.

Contributing Faculty

Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich

Thomas J. Stipanowich is the academic director of the Straus Institute and professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Stipanowich has received the ABA Dispute Resolution Section's D'Alemberte/Raven Award and recently served as the WilmerHale Scholar?in?Residence for Fall 2010 in the International Arbitration Department in London.

Lucy Reed

Lucy Reed is Partner for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and the global co-head of the international arbitration group. She chairs the Institute for Transactional Arbitration and serves on the LCIA Court and ICC Arbitration Commission. She was president of the American Society of International Law.Reed sat on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission and directed the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland. Before joining the firm, she was the first general counsel for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization and, while with the US State Department, the US agent to the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. Following her role as general counsel of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (1995 - 1998), one of Lucy's areas of focus is international arbitration involving South Korean public and private parties.Reed is ranked as a top-tier international arbitration practitioner by Chambers USA 2011, and as a leading lawyer in international arbitration in The Legal 500 US 2011.

Catherine Rogers

Catherine Rogers

Catherine Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics. Professor Rogers is an associate reporter for the American Law Institute's new Restatement of the Law (Third) of International Commercial Arbitration. She has served as an expert on topics of international arbitration and global legal ethics for various international organizations, including the OECD, UNCITRAL, the International Judicial Academy, the American Society of International Law, and the International Bar Association. Before entering academia, Professor Rogers practiced international litigation and arbitration in New York, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.

John R. Crook

John R. Crook

John R. Crook is Professorial Lecturer at George Washington Law School and teaches international arbitration. He is a frequent consultant to counsel in ICSID and other international proceedings, has served as an arbitrator under NAFTA, and was a Commissioner on the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, which successfully addressed extensive claims stemming from the two countries' 1998-2000 war.

Crook served for nearly three decades in the U.S. State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser. He was the second U.S. Agent at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, was deeply involved in creating the U.N. Compensation Commission in Geneva, and appeared in several cases before the International Court of Justice. From 2000-2004, he was General Counsel of the Multinational Force and Observers, an international organization operating an 1800-soldier peacekeeping force in the Sinai Desert in Egypt.

Mr. Crook edits the American Journal of International Law's section on Contemporary U.S. Practice Relating to International Law and has written extensively on dispute settlement. He is vice-president of the American Society of International Law.

Linda Silberman

Linda Silberman

Linda Silberman is the Martin Lipton Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School and later a Fulbright Scholar in London, England. She joined the NYU faculty in 1971 and became the first tenured woman full-professor at the School.

Professor Silberman teaches and writes in the areas of Conflict of Laws, Civil Procedure, Comparative Civil Procedure, Transnational Litigation, and International Commercial Arbitration. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Professor Silberman practiced law with the Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal law firm in Chicago, Illinois. In 1985-86, she was Professor in Residence at the U.S. Department of Justice. Professor Silberman has been a member of numerous U.S. State Department delegations to the Hague Conference on Private International Law and is a member of the State Department Advisory Committee on Private International Law.

Professor Silberman is co-author of a leading Civil Procedure casebook (Silberman, Stein & Wolff), now in its 3rd edition, as well as a book on comparative civil procedure, Civil Litigation in Comparative Context (2007). She was co-Reporter of a recently completed project of the American Law Institute – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Analysis and Proposed Federal Statute. Her most recent articles have dealt with class actions and choice of law, including a recent piece, "Transnational Litigation and Global Securities Class-Action Lawsuits".

Jasper Kim

Jasper Kim

Jasper Kim is a 2011-12 visiting scholar at Harvard University, professor and former department chair at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha University, and adjunct faculty at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He is the founder and chief executive of the non-profit consultancy, Asia-Pacific Global Research Group (asiapacificglobal.com). Previously, he worked for Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, and Lehman Brothers. He is a licensed attorney (Washington, D.C.) who received graduate degrees from the London School of Economics (UK), Rutgers University School of Law, and negotiation training at Harvard. His recent book is ABA Fundamentals: International Economic Systems (ABA, 2012).

Eric van Ginkel

Eric van Ginkel

Eric van Ginkel is a commercial mediator and arbitrator in Los Angeles and an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. He holds JD degrees from Leiden University Faculty of Law in the Netherlands and Columbia University School of Law, as well as a certificate in dispute resolution and an LLM degree in international dispute resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Ben H. Sheppard, Jr.

Ben H. Sheppard, Jr.

Ben H. Sheppard, Jr., is a Distinguished Lecturer and director of the A. A. White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston Law Center, and visiting professor at the Straus Institute (Summer 2013). Prior to academia, Sheppard was partner at Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., where he served as cochair to the firm's International Dispute Resolution Practice.

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson is managing director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution and associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law. He has presented advanced negotiation and mediation skills courses in more than 39 states and foreign countries.

He has served on the boards of the Christian Conciliation Service of Los Angeles, Ventura Center for Dispute Settlement, Dispute Resolution Services of the LACBA, Southern California Mediation Association, and California Dispute Resolution Council. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and was recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the area of mediation in 2006.