Labour Arbitration (LAW 487.3)

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Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method that is a substitute (or alternative) to court. In a private process, an arbitrator selected by mutual agreement conducts a hearing and renders a binding, written decision. Arbitration is used to settle many kinds of disputes in labour and employment, commercial and social activities, insurance and financial agreements, international treaties and sports. Taking a hands on approach, the course will teach students how arbitration works, its advantages and disadvantages, and how to research, prepare and argue cases. Simulations, case analysis, searchable data bases, outside experts, and lectures will be used. Issues covered include dismissal, drug testing, contract interpretation, surveillance and privacy, and discrimination. Acquired skills will be applicable to most employment and commercial settings. Final grades are based on the ability of students to apply what they have learned. In the last class students argue a case in front of experienced arbitrators and then prepare a written arbitration decision.


LAW 467 or permission of the instructor.


Restricted to Upper-Year Law students.


Students with credit for COMM 487 may not receive credit for this course.

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