Course 2019

Austrian Arbitration Academy

Unit 1 & Unit 2

Paul OberhammerJuly 14 – July 268 ECTS credits


The Austrian Arbitration Academy is an intensive, two-week program on international commercial arbitration. Developed for law students with an interest in dispute resolution and young practitioners, the course’s intent is to offer a first insight into arbitration.

The course covers all aspects of arbitral proceedings, starting with an introduction on the prerequisites of arbitration. Further modules will focus on the constitution of the arbitral tribunal, the conduct of the proceedings, the arbitral award as well as the challenge and enforcement of said award. Students will be introduced to the legal framework of international arbitration, arbitral rules and relevant case law. The last module is entirely dedicated to investment arbitration.

The classes will cover the following issues:

  • Introduction to International Arbitration
  • The Arbitration Clause
  • The Arbitral Tribunal
  • The Arbitral Proceedings
  • The Arbitral Award
  • The Challenge of the Award
  • The Enforcement of the Award
  • Introduction to Investment Arbitration

In addition to these morning classes, specific issues will be discussed in interactive afternoon sessions. Topics in these afternoon modules have included sports arbitration, construction disputes and the issue of calculating damages. Furthermore, participants will have the possibility to train their advocacy skills in a mock hearing (Mini Moot Court) by arguing a fictitious case.

The course modules will be taught by a variety of first class international arbitration practitioners from both the bar and academia.


Requirements: Attendance is mandatory. Performance will be assessed on the basis of active participation in class (40% of the grade) and a written final exam (60%).


The Austrian Arbitration Academy is recommended for advanced law students (pursuing their Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree) and young practitioners working in the legal field. Prior experience in arbitration is not required.