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LAWS6865: International Dispute Resolution

This unit of study aims to provide an in-depth analysis of international dispute resolution as a technique for resolving public international law disputes. The United Nations Charter provisions for the peaceful settlement of international disputes will be taken as creating the basic framework for the review of dispute resolution techniques. These include negotiation, good offices, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and adjudication. Particular attention will be given to in-depth analysis of certain disputes and the legal and political techniques used in their resolution. These disputes may include the Tehran Hostages case, the Nuclear Tests case, the East Timor case, and dispute over the status of Kosovo.

Code LAWS6865
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an understanding of a range of international dispute resolution techniques;
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of why some types of international dispute resolution are more successful than others;
  • LO3. demonstrate a detailed knowledge of how international dispute resolution has been applied in a number of particular international disputes;
  • LO4. demonstrate a working knowledge of the relevant international law which forms the basis for the various international disputes discussed;
  • LO5. distinguish between legal and political means used to settle international disputes;
  • LO6. in general, demonstrate an enhanced appreciation of the workings of the international legal system and its interplay with international politics.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.