With students from
around the world and the continued participation of world-class partners,
Hamline’s recently completed Certificate
Program in Global Arbitration Law and Practice program in London proved to
be another resounding success.
Thirty-two students from four different countries participated in the
five-week London-based study-abroad program this past summer, which is a joint venture of the Dispute Resolution
Institute (DRI) at Hamline Law and Professor Thomas E. Carbonneau, an internationally
recognized author and authority on arbitration who is the Orlando Distinguished
Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. The program is conducted in cooperation
with The School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London.
The program, Global Arbitration Law and Practice: National and Transborder Perspectives,
brings together a diverse group of law students and young lawyers from the
U.S., Europe, and Asia. The 6-credit
certificate was designed to provide a systematic and comprehensive exposure to
international commercial arbitration. It allows students to expand their Alternative
Dispute Resolution horizons beyond the framework of structured negotiations or the
limitations of national law and court procedure.
“Studying in London
and earning the certificate in global arbitration was an amazing experience,”
says Amanda Singer, a third-year Hamline Law student. “Not only did we learn in the classroom, we also did a
simulated arbitration with partners from London firms who we could network with
and learn from.”
flavor of this year’s program was further enhanced by the participation of
an assistant Attorney General in the Rwanda Ministry of Justice who attended the
program through the Africa Justice Foundation. She was joined by two Rwandan judges in the program. The Foundation http://www.africajusticefoundation.org/ works with African governments and the international business community
to support the development of robust justice systems in Africa.
The program is enriched
by the relationship with The School of International Arbitration, which was
established at Queen Mary, University of London in 1985 to promote advanced
teaching and research in the law and practice affecting international
arbitration. Today the School is
widely acknowledged as one of the leading teaching and research centers on
international arbitration in the world.
A highlight of the program for the students is when they can put their
newly acquired knowledge into practice during the final course. Acting as advocates, the students
present their cases to prominent arbitrators from London-based international law
firms that include Herbert Smith, White & Case, Freshfields Bruckhaus
Deringer, Baker Botts and Clifford Chance.
certificate is one of the core programs that DRI Hamline Law offers,” says Associate
Professor and DRI Director Sharon Press.
“It’s a perfect example of how DRI has built strategic partnerships
around the world to create the best, most authentic, learning opportunities for
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