Tuesday, March 1, 2016

E-learning tool

This blog is a contribution to the familiarization of law students with the law and practice of international commercial arbitration.

This e-tool was launched on 29 October 2013 with a view to enabling law students from different countries to participate in a simulated on-line arbitration case.

International arbitration is more than another way to settle international commercial disputes. It is a real forum where the law governing international economic relations is progressively elaborated, applied and enforced in a constantly changing world.

In this particular field, national legal orders and domestic courts recognize the necessity to ensure independence and self-regulation to the international business community, so as to promote international trade and encourage foreign investment.

Law students using this tool are getting themselves acquainted with a discipline, which is particularly adapted to the modern requirements of an increasingly globalized economy.

This distance learing tool was tested for the first time in the year 2013-2014 based on a case drafted by PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ms. Kateryna Ianishevska.


In the academic year 2015-2016, based on a Memorandum of Inter-University Cooperation concluded between the Faculty of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Faculty of Law of the University Alexandru Ion Cuza of Iasi, the successful experience was repeated on the basis of a case study drafted by Dr. Emanuela IFTIME, assistant at the Faculty of Law of Iasi.

The new participating teams were truly multinational comprising students from Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Ukraine, Ecuador, Brazil, Italy and China. They came from four Universities around Europe, i.e., from Romania, Greece, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The new country of reference was The Netherlands, where the arbitration took place under the auspices of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute of Rotterdam. Law students participating in this mock case were required to apply the actual laws and regulations, which were in force in the jurisdictions involved.


It goes without saying that no one may rely on the way students play in this simulation in order to determine or change his or her legal position in a real dispute in which he or she may be involved. In addition, the views and opinions expressed herein by the participating students do not represent their Faculties or the arbitration centres they play for.


This tool was designed by Prof. Dr. Panayotis GLAVINIS, Assoc. Professor of International Economic Law at the Faculty of Law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is the administrator of this blog. Your comments, remarks, proposals and feedback are welcome at: mockarbitrationonline@gmail.com