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Special Lecture and Seminar (Studies in Comparative Private Law Ⅱ)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: Giorgio Fabio COLOMBO
Other Lecturers: Dai YOKOMIZO
Course Type: Seminar
Semester: Fall
Year: 1&2
Course Periods: Wed 10:30 - 12:00
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not:
Classroom: IRB 404

 

Outline of Lecture Course

Legal Education is presently facing challenges related to the internationalization of the legal profession. New, truly international, learning experiences are flourishing, and in particular extremely useful and challenging international commercial arbitration moots. One of the most prestigious is the Vis (East) Moot. As the organizers of this competition state, the Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in crucial aspects of the procedure: research, drafting and advocacy. The goals of the Moot are the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and the training of tomorrow's legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution.

This seminar focuses on both theoretical and practical issues related to the Moot. This year case will be studied in detail. Starting from that, students will have to prepare the case (doing research and collecting materials), develop a defensive strategy and learn the basic skills of oral advocacy in arbitration. As the Moot case is based on the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) the seminar will be an occasion for an in-depth study of this extremely useful international convention.

Ordinary students will work together with the Nagoya University Team for the Vis (East) Moot, in order to get a first-hand experience of how preparing for a moot is.

Course Objectives The aim of the seminar is to provide students with effective preparation on how to take part in an international moot competition. First, a general overview of what an international moot competition is will be provided. Then, the seminar aims to provide students with the basic skills for preparing a dispute before an arbitration tribunal: analysis of the problem; research on the relevant legal issues; drafting a memorandum in arbitration (both form claimant and respondent sides), presenting the case orally. All those activities will be initially carried out under the supervision of the instructors in order to ensure that students are properly prepared. Then, as the seminar proceeds, a greater degree of autonomy and initiative will be expected. Students will be encouraged to develop their own critical views and defensive strategies on the Moot case. After the end of the seminar, students should have acquired a good knowledge of, inter alia, the Convention on the International Sale of Good, the general structure of administered arbitration and the basic tools for research and advocacy on a practical problem.
Textbooks Due to the peculiar nature of the seminar, there is no need of a general textbook for students. Some relevant readings will be distributed to students on a regular basis, via the online syllabus system.
Course Materials/Supplementaries Other handouts and reading materials will be will be distributed to students via the online syllabus system
Assessment Participation (quality of the preparation, contribution to the discussion, attendance) 100%
Prerequisites Good command of English language (reading, speaking, and writing) is required. A basic knowledge of private international law and civil procedure is recommended.
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study The structure of this course reduces the need for Out-of-Class Study. Specific directions will be given during classes.
Responding to Student Questions Please contact the instructor by e-mail.
Other Notes N/A

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Introduction Introduction to the Seminar * *
2 Problem Study Study of the Vis Moot Problem * *
3 Problem Study Study of the Vis Moot Problem * *
4 Problem Study Study of the Vis Moot Problem * *
5 Claimant Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Claimant Side) * *
6 Claimant Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Claimant Side) * *
7 Claimant Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Claimant Side) * *
8 Claimant Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Claimant Side) * *
9 Problem Study Study of the Vis Moot Problem * *
10 Problem Study Study of the Vis Moot Problem * *
11 Problem Study Study of the Vis Moot Problem * *
12 Respondent Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Respondent Side) * *
13 Respondent Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Respondent Side) * *
14 Respondent Memorandum Drafting of the Memorandum (Respondent Side) * *
15 Feedback Session Assessment about learning outcomes * *

 

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