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Principles of International Law and International Dispute Settlement


This course provides a systemic overview of the function of international dispute settlement in contemporary international relations. Students will learn or refresh a strong foundation in public international law through a broad range of international and domestic case law. In addition to this practical knowledge of substantive law, the course encourages students to think critically concerning the current institutional structure of international dispute settlement, as well as transversal issues of peace, justice, and the roles of adjudication and arbitration in society and global governance.


  • Introduction to International Dispute Settlement

  • The Law of Treaties

  • The Scope of Applicable Law in International Disputes

  • Subjects of International Law

  • International Responsibility

  • The Use of Force and the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes

  • The International Court of Justice

  • National Jurisdiction and Immunities

  • The Politics of International Dispute Settlement

  • The Ethics of International Dispute Settlement

Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.