|Settlement of International Disputes - JURD7388|
Disputes are as much an inevitable part of relations between States as they are of relations between individuals. This course addresses the methods and institutions for the resolution of disputes between States and between States and other actors in the international system.
This course focuses on the intersection of international law and dispute resolution – the settlement of disputes between States and between States and other actors in the international system. Disputes may arise in a number of contexts: territorial disputes; issues of state responsibility; trade and economic disputes; violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; and in the law of the sea. First, this course examines the obligations of States to settle disputes peacefully. It then considers the methods and institutions that can be used to resolve disputes, including political and legal, formal and informal, and permanent and ad hoc mechanisms. There is a particular focus on the practice and procedure of the International Court of Justice.
While there will be some opportunity for practical application of the material studied in this course, it is not a mooting course. It is, however, recommended for those students considering participating in the International Law Competitive Moot course (LAWS3086).
Recommended Prior Knowledge
LAWS3381 or JURD7481 Public International Law or equivalent is a recommended pre-requisite.
Class Participation – 15%
Case Study - 25%
Essay - 60%
JG Merrills, International Dispute Settlement (5th edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2011).
Refer to the course outline which will be provided by the lecturer at the beginning of the relevant semester.