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International Commercial Arbitration

Faculty:  Tom Stipanowich and Jack Coe

Success in commercial arbitration, international or domestic, depends upon making good choices before and after disputes arise.  A leading expert on commercial arbitration practice explores how attorneys and arbitrators can exploit the flexibility of arbitration.  

Key choice points include:

  • negotiating and drafting dispute resolution provisions
  • choosing the right kind of administration, seat of arbitration, and governing law
  • arbitrator qualifications, disclosures, and appointment procedures
  • emergency relief; options for expeditious, cost-effective arbitration
  • preliminary hearings and pre-hearing conferences
  • information exchange
  • handling dispositive motions
  • techniques for managing the hearing
  • awards and remedies
  • challenge, recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards.


Thomas Stipanowich is the William H. Webster Chair in Dispute Resolution and professor of law at Pepperdine School of Law. He is also the academic director of the Straus Institute. Stipanowich brings a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and leader in the field along with wide-ranging experience as a commercial and construction mediator, arbitrator, federal court special master, and facilitator. From 2001 until mid-2006, he served as CEO of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR Institute). He has authored two of the leading books on commercial arbitration and many articles on ADR. Recently he coauthored a groundbreaking book and materials entitled Resolving Disputes: Theory, Practice, and Law.

Jack J. Coe, Jr. is a Professor of Law and is the Faculty Director of the LL.M program on International Commercial Arbitration. Professor Coe regularly arbitrates and consultants in relation international commercial and investor-state disputes. His training includes advanced studies in Europe as a Rotary Scholar and a clerkship at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Named to Who's Who in International Arbitration, Coe is one of three Associate Reporters on the Restatement of Law: International Commercial Arbitration. He is a regular speaker in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and has taught in several international programs. His writings include, in addition to dozens of essays, the books Protecting Against the Expropriation Risk in Investing Abroad (co-authored with R.C. Allison) (1993), International Commercial Arbitration-American Principles and Practice in a Global Context (1997), and NAFTA Chapter 11 Reports (ed., with Brower and Dodge) (2006). Coe's B.A. degree is from UCLA. His credentials also include a JD from Loyola University (LA), an LL.M from the University of Exeter, the Diploma of the Hague Academy, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.