International Commercial Arbitration

Focusing on arbitration

What are the strengths and weaknesses of arbitration? What role do international arbitral institutions, ad hoc arbitration and transborder arbitration regimes play? How are arbitration awards created, challenged and enforced? Find out with this specialization which is coordinated by Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll, one of the leading German arbitration experts.


Students wishing to complete the Specialization in International Commercial Arbitration must complete three distinct requirements.

  1. They must select the 50-class-hour elective module in Arbitration.

  2. They must complete their mandatory internship in the arbitration area. The career advisor and specialization coordinator will assist students in finding their placements.

  3. Finally, they must write a master’s thesis on an arbitration topic.

These elements account for a total of 25 of the 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points that students obtain in their Master of Law and Business studies. Students who successfully complete these requirements receive their degree with the notation “Specialization in International Commercial Arbitration” on their transcripts.

The Specialization in International Commercial Arbitration can only be combined with the LLM degree.

Lecture by Professor Dr. Stefan Kroell
The specialization is coordinated by Professor Dr. Stefan Kroell, a leading expert in the field of international arbitration.

Interview with the Professors

"Arbitration is the best mode to settle disputes arising out of international transactions."

Professor Larsen, Dean of the Master of Law and Business Program

Interview with Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll and Professor Clifford Larsen who teach the arbitration elective on the relevance of abitration today and the specialization in international commercial arbitration.

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Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll, LL.M., Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

"With our new specialization in international arbitration, we are offering the students the opportunity to deal with the procedural side of the problems which may arise in such transactions. The combination of lectures about legal principles underlying the topic and practical exercises is an excellent preparation for those students who are interested in a career in international dispute resolution."

Professor Dr. Stefan Kröll
Specialization Coordinator

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Alumni Opinions

"I am fascinated by the effectiveness of international arbitration as a means of dispute resolution"

Nata Ghibradze, Master of Law and Business Alumna

Interview with Nata Ghibraze '14 from Georgia who is building a career in the field of abitration in Germany.

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"International arbitration gives lawyers the opportunity to practice beyond the jurisdiction in which they were trained"

Jola Gjuzi, Master of Law and Business Alumna

Interview with Jola Gjuzi '08 who has considerable experience in the field of international investment arbitration and has recently submitted her Ph.D. thesis on investment law and arbitration.

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"I was introduced to the dynamic world of dispute resolution when I had the honor to be part of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot two years ago. Preparing for the Vis Moot for approximately eight months made me realize that dispute resolution is the pith and the core of the law practice itself. Arbitration has a particularly special place in the dispute resolution system as it is quite flexible and therefore often used for solving international disputes. That is why I see myself as a practitioner in this area of law."

Milena Radosavljevic '16, Serbia

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