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MSU - College of Law - YMCA Global Study

International Litigation and Arbitration

East Lansing, USA

The International Litigation and Arbitration program is designed to give law students an insight into the world of arbitration and review the role and standard of conduct of an arbitrator.

Globalization has created special challenges in the practice of law. As a result, parties are turning increasingly to arbitration: an innovative method of settling disputes that offers informality, predictability, and finality. The International Litigation and Arbitration short course, hosted by the Michigan State University College of Law, focuses on key issues in litigation and arbitration, with some coverage of negotiation and mediation methods. Students will initially explore:

  • The nature of the global marketplace
  • Cultural differentials
  • The impact of legal practice

Students will examine the diversity of legal systems and concepts in transborder litigation. More broadly, they will examine choice-of-law and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Finally, students will examine the use of arbitration as a commercial remedy. At the end of the course, students will be able to better understand the unique challenges in the practice of international litigation and arbitration and, as a result, function more effectively in their role as advocates and third-party neutrals.

The course will examine the critical role of the New York Arbitration Convention and the Inter-American Convention on International Commercial Arbitration as well as various model laws and rules including:

  • The UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (1985)
  • The UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (1982) and
  • The Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (1998)


It was one of the best experiences of my life! Before I began the program I was very nervous because I really did not know what to expect. Even though I travelled with my two friends from university, the people I encountered in the program were friendly and I believe I made some life-long friends through this program.  – Nishali, La Trobe University

Intended Learning Outcomes & Additional Course Information

After successfully completing this short course, participants will have gained the following skills and knowledge

  • Use various processes for resolving private and public international commercial disputes – negotiation, mediation, and arbitration – and to evaluate their advantages and comparative worth
  • Analyse cultural diversity and cultural underpinnings and how they may create resolution;
  • Understand the “historical and cultural personality” of a particular legal system by considering the differences between common law and civil law jurisdictions
  • Critically analyse the value of arbitration, a private process not generally subject to public regulation, and to consider whether various arbitral practices challenge its legal legitimacy; and,
  • Identify the benefits and drawbacks of trial for transborder conflict and the various considerations, such as forum non-conveniens, involved in creating a more unified body of international practice.


Class Participation (20%)
This class will be interactive and include lecture, discussion, exercises, and film depictions of conflict and ADR processes used to resolve civil disputes. Participants are encouraged to be active and engaged.

Team Exercise (40%)
There will be a team exercise related to the main reading, which will be graded.

Written Final Examination (40%)
You will be tested in this class by a closed book short essay examination on the final day of class.

Reflective Journal
You will be required to complete a journal of your observations of the course. The journal should focus on the strengths and weaknesses of the various teaching methods, i.e., readings, lectures, and simulations/exercises, and also discuss learning highlights.


University & Faculty

Mary Bedikian is the professor and creator of this course. She is a Professor of Law in Residence and the Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at the MSU College of Law. Professor Bedikian finds great joy in teaching this course and looks forward to it each and every year. She is beloved by her students and always challenges them to take risks and reach higher in their educational and legal goals. You can read Professor Bedikian’s full bio by clicking here.

Michigan State University (MSU) is a public research university in East Lansing, Michigan, United States. Founded in 1855, the university began as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, one of the country’s first institutions of higher education to teach scientific agriculture. After the introduction of the Morrill Act, the college became co-educational and expanded its curriculum beyond agriculture. Today, MSU is one of the largest universities in the United States and has approximately 540,000 living alumni worldwide.

Michigan State University Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways. The University tackles some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better.

Michigan State University has also been a pioneer in developing intensive study abroad courses, having developed courses for Australian students since 2012.


East Lansing is a city located directly next to Lansing, the state capital of Michigan. It’s also a short drive from Chicago and Detroit.

East Lansing is most famous for being the home of Michigan State University. The USA’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world.

Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic residential colleges, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

Known as ‘The Spartans’ their mascot Sparty is one of the most recognised mascots in collegiate sports. MSU participates in the NCAA Division 1 competition as members of the BIG10 and has won multiple national titles in football, basketball and ice hockey.


Students will live on campus at Michigan State University’s Owen Hall

To learn more about Owen Hall and see some photos, click here

Accommodation Includes:

  • All students will be placed in single rooms, sharing a suite style bathroom with one other person of the same gender
  • Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser
  • Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided by the residence hall and can be exchanged for clean linens weekly
  • Owen Hall has several common spaces including a take-out style restaurant and convenience store, cafeteria style seating, a media room, community kitchen, study rooms, a computer lab, music practice rooms, and a large outdoor patio
  • Air conditioning is not available in individual rooms, but all common spaces are air-conditioned. Students are provided with box fans in their rooms


Internet Access in Owen Hall

  • Wi-Fi is available in all common spaces, including lounges on each residence hall floor
  • Wi-Fi is not reliable, and often not available in individual rooms. Each room has hard-wired internet access. Students can request an Ethernet cord from the American Semester program or can bring one from home
  • Just be sure your computer has a port for an Ethernet cord! Get an adapter if you need one


Owen Hall Security

  • Owen Hall has a service desk staffed 24-7. The staff can answer any questions residents
    have and can help resolve maintenance issues by contacting maintenance staff
  • All students are given a key to their room and an access card upon check-in. Only
    residents can access the floor on which they live in Owen Hall with their access card



  • Students have access to IM East, the closest fitness facility. Access is only $3 per day
  • Toilet paper and trash bags are provided free of charge by Owen Hall
  • Sports equipment can be checked out from the service desk
  • River Walk Market, a takeaway style restaurant, is located in the lobby and accepts Spartan Cash
Social and Cultural Program

Student Support

The International Litigation and Arbitration short course is provided by the American Semester Program (ASP), a unit within the Office for Education Abroad at Michigan State University. ASP provides semester and year-long study abroad programs in addition to Short Courses offered in July each year. The small team of expert coordinators provides all ASP students one-on-one health, safety, and academic support and carefully designs programming that will integrate them into college life at MSU and in the Midwest United States. On this short course, students will be supported by the Short Course Coordinator and her team of Stewards who are on call 24/7 to support students and ensure a high-quality and fun experience for all participants.

Weekend Trip to Chicago

Students will have a whole weekend to explore ‘The Windy City’! Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US and has one of the tallest skylines in the world with the Willis Tower (110 Story) and the John Hancock Center (100 Story) observation decks offering amazing views of the city. Chicago is home to over 250 theatres, however, our favourite is The Second City, a comedy club with over 50 years of history some of the most famous comedians got their start right here including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Steve Carell and Mike Myers.

Explore Mackinac Island

Enjoy a day of fun and adventure exploring the untouched Mackinac Island

Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game

Experience the traditional American sport of baseball, eat hot dogs at the ballpark, and try to get a picture with the Lugnuts’ mascot “Big Lug”. Before we go to the game, students from MSU will lead you in a game of kickball to help you understand the basics of baseball.

BBQ at Lake Lansing

Eat local BBQ from Saddleback BBQ ‘till your heart’s content at one of the inland lakes near to MSU. Take a paddle boat out on the lake, play volleyball and soccer, and enjoy the sunshine.

Tour of the Michigan Capitol Building

Lansing is just down the road from MSU, and it is our state capital. Tour the historic building and learn about Michigan’s history and how our government works.

American Cuisine Demonstration

Learn about American cuisine while watching a demonstration by one of our chefs at Brody Square.

Graduation Ceremony

Celebrate with your new friends the completion of your American Semester Program Short Course! Take part in an American style graduation (after decorating your grad cap!), celebrate with your professors, and eat dinner at our Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel.

Also Included

Students are provided with a Spartan ID Card processed during orientation, which will be loaded with $260.00 of Spartan Cash.

  • Spartan Cash can be used to purchase meals in on-campus cafeterias: Brody Square and The Gallery
  • It can also be used at area restaurants and Sparty’s locations (convenience store). A full list of establishments that accept Spartan Cash can be found here

The following meals are also provided in the program:

  • Orientation breakfast and lunch
  • BBQ lunch
  • Boxed lunch on Lake Michigan trip
  • Graduation dinner
Access and Disability Support

YMCA Global Study aims to provide study abroad programs that are accessible to all students and work with participants on an individual basis to ensure they are supported throughout the entire study abroad process. Click here to learn more about how we with students living with a disability to study abroad.

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Once your application has been approved YMCA Global Study will send you an ‘Acceptance pack’. This pack will include important documents such as a course syllabus, acceptance letter from your Host University and advice on how to apply for credit with your home university, the pack may also include information on any funding specific to your university.

Step 5: Apply for credit and funding (if applicable)

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Step 6: Pay your deposit and confirm your place 

Once you have paid your deposit your place on the program confirmed.

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