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International Arbitration in Public International Law


The course addresses the role of international arbitration in settling public international law disputes. Its focus lies primarily on inter-State arbitration, and it also introduces students to investment treaty arbitration. The course covers the basic principles and foundation of international arbitration, and then tackles in detail the law and practice of international arbitration in international law. It includes the role of international arbitration in settling disputes in public international law and the procedure governing inter-State arbitration. Special attention will be given to the specific features of investment treaty arbitration and its public dimension.


  • Introduction to Interstate Arbitration

  • International Arbitration under the Law of the Sea Convention

  • Applicable Law in Interstate Arbitration

  • Distinctive Features of Interstate Arbitration

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.