Levin College of Law

Compressed weekend course introduces students to international commercial arbitration

International practitioners with extensive experience in arbitration law will engage with nearly 20 UF Law J.D. and LL.M. students during a 3-day course this weekend.

UF Law Professor Joan Stearns Johnsen is organizing the Jan. 13-15 course that will bring international arbitration lawyers to Gainesville for panel discussions. Several other experts are scheduled to participate remotely from Paris, London, New York and Miami.

The one-credit compressed course, the first of its kind, will provide students with a background lecture Friday evening from Johnsen, a discussion about dispute resolution by practitioners on Saturday, followed by a networking reception after class. On Sunday, Johnsen will lead a review of the material before the students negotiate and draft their own dispute resolution clauses.

Some of the topics to be covered include why international arbitration is preferred in commercial disputes; how arbitration differs from litigation in court; and the techniques of drafting an arbitration clause in a cross-border deal.

Johnsen has practiced in the areas of general corporate and securities law for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching at UF Law, she is a fellow of the Chartered Institute and is certified by the International Mediation Institute. She also sits on the arbitration and mediation panels of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Johnsen said a compressed weekend class introduces students to specific areas of law and provides guidance as students enter the job market.

“The dean is interested in building on our existing international arbitration offerings and expanding our program,” Johnsen said.

Panelists scheduled to appear in person at the law school are: M. Cristina Cárdenas (JD 03) and Edward M. Mullins (JD 90) of Astigarraga Davis; Angelika Hunnefeld of Greenberg Traurig; and Eduardo Palmer (JD 85) of Eduardo Palmer P.A. Attorneys. Scheduled to speak via remote video are: Carlos F. Concepción (JD 82) of Jones Day in Miami; Cherine Foty of Jones Day in Paris; Richard Hall of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York; Mirèze Philippe of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris; and Rashda Rana, of 6 St James’ Hall International, in London.

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Published: January 9th, 2017

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