Certificate on International Commercial Law
Tuition: $1400*
Start date: October 2015
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Program Description:

If international commercial law is characterized as one of the wheels on the machinery of globalization, then international sales law is a spoke on that wheel. The certificate program on International Commercial Law provides the legal knowledge necessary to more effectively draft and manage international sales law contracts, as well as preserve rights and remedies when disputes arise under a cross-border sale.

The United Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) is the law governing two-thirds of the international trade of goods.

If traders and their lawyers opt out of the CISG, it must be for the right reasons and done correctly.  If the CISG is the applicable law, lawyers and traders must understand their rights and obligations created by the law as they navigate their sales contracts from start to finish.

This program will give lawyers, contract managers, etc., involved in the cross-border sale of goods the information they need to make smart choices in their contract drafting and management, and any subsequent disputes.  The program will also provide valuable insights on the relationship between the applicable sales law and supporting legal guidelines, rules and instruments, including INCOTERMS and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.

At the end of the eight-week program, participants can expect to have gained:

  • A holistic understanding of the CISG, including applicability, contract formation, rights and obligations, remedies and damages
  • Knowledge of best practices to “opt-in” or “opt-out” of the CISG
  • Key differences between the CISG and UCC, as well as other key domestic sales laws
  • An understanding of UNCITRAL and UNIDROIT
  • Transport risk and obligations under the CISG, including the relationship between the CISG and INCOTERMS


Certificate on International Alternative Dispute Resolution
Tuition: $2400*
Start date: January 2016
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Program Description:

This module follows a 12-week course of study and is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of international alternative dispute resolution, including cross-border negotiation, mediation, and international commercial arbitration.

Expert practitioners and academics from around the world participate as guest lecturers to provide participants with a well-rounded understanding of ADR theory and skills necessary to effectively resolve cross-border commercial disputes.

In addition to learning the spectrum of ADR options available to resolve commercial disputes, participants will obtain theory and skills training to effectively engage in the various processes.  As a program highlight, participants will complete two online simulations exercises with their program peers from around the world.  In the negotiation and mediation advocacy simulation exercises, participants flex their newly acquired knowledge and test their skill sets to resolve two different cross-border, cross-cultural, commercial law disputes.

By the end of the program, participants will also understand effective dispute resolution clause drafting, stages in the arbitral process, best practices, and the legal underpinnings for an enforceable arbitration award.

Substantive Law Topics:

  • Introduction to International Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Non-Binding ADR Processes: Negotiation
  • Negotiation Simulation Exercise
  • Non-Binding ADR Processes: Mediation & Conciliation
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • Mediation Simulation Exercise
  • Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration
  • Arbitration Agreements
  • Arbitrability
  • Applicable Law and Rules
  • Selection, Appointment and Obligations of an Arbitrator
  • The Arbitration Proceedings
  • Judicial Involvement in Arbitration
  • Confidentiality
  • The Arbitral Award
  • Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)


Organization of the IICL Certificate Programs

The programs are designed to optimize the available online learning technologies and offer an effective self-study program, as well as a live interactive classroom component.

Program lecturers are leading academics and practitioners in their respective fields drawn from across the globe. Past guest lecturers have included Professor Albert Jan van den Berg, Professor Ulrich Schroeter, Professor Margaret Moses, Professor Lisa Spagnolo, Professor Hiroo Sono, Professor Janet Martinez, Professor Vladimir Pavic, and many more!

For participants to make the most of this experience, the live lecture component is offered weekly either on Wednesday or Friday mornings 9:30 am EST.  For students that cannot participate at this time, lectures are recorded and placed in our video library for viewing on your own schedule. Students will be given independent guided reading assignments, legal exercises and problem sets and be required to participate in live interactive lecture and discussion with guest speakers as scheduled and/or view lectures from our video library. Weekly time commitment required for reading assignments, legal exercises and problem sets, and lectures is 3-5 hours.

*Programs can either be completed independently or together; combined tuition is $3500.  Group discounts can be applied for corporate or student groups exceeding 5 persons.  Please contact for further detail.