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Sciences Po Law School

LLM in Transnational Arbitration and Dispute Settlement

Professor Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida | FGV Direito Rio

On September 8th 2022, Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, FGV Direito Rio professor and coordinator of the FGV Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, had a fruitful discussion with students from the LLM in Transnational Arbitration and Dispute Settlement, directed by professor Diego Arroyo, at Sciences Po Law School. She gave a lecture on the "Participation of state and non-state actors in cases before the International Court of Justice".

The LLM programme offers comprehensive training in theoretical and practical aspects of arbitration and dispute settlement. It focuses on transnational arbitration in all its forms, as well as other mechanisms of international dispute resolution, including litigation at the International Court of Justice and the World Trade Organization. The programme also covers domestic court litigation, mediation, and online dispute settlement.

In addition to procedural tools, the programme includes lectures on public international law, international contracts law, private international law, energy law, international investment law, and human rights protection. This combination of procedural and substantial knowledge prepares students to navigate the diverse tribunals and courts worldwide.

The LLM curriculum includes mandatory and elective coursework in small groups, offered in semester-long and intensive formats. Practical skills workshops are conducted at partner law firms and the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Students also have opportunities to participate in conferences, internships, and international moots, immersing themselves in the transnational arbitration network.

Upon completion of the programme, students are well-equipped to secure positions in international law firms, arbitration institutions, and international organisations, thanks to the high-quality education they receive.

Professor Paula Almeida’s presentation aimed to empirically map the participation mechanisms applied by state and non-state actors before the ICJ, taking into account recent developments in the Court's practice in the case of Ukraine v. Russia. Furthermore, it discussed the current challenges and procedural alternatives for the Court to be attuned with the new challenges and developments concerning community interests. Students actively participated in the discussion, along with professor Diego Arroyo and Bruno Sousa Rodrigues.

The event was an activity of the FGV Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. The Centre advocates joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in Brazil and around the world in order to share knowledge, develop partnerships and combined activities on issues of global governance and beyond.

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