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Principles of International Law and International Dispute Settlement


This core course will be divided into two parts. The purpose of the first part of the course is two-fold: first, to refresh knowledge of the general principles; secondly, to focus attention upon the foundational structures of international law. Notions such as sources of international law and the formation of such rules, consent and sovereign equality, the obligation to settle disputes by peaceful means and the prohibition on the use of force are necessary to understand the impact thereof on how States and other actors choose to settle their disputes, and by which means.

The second part of the course gives insights into the fundamental principles of international law and international dispute settlement. It is essential to understand how, in theory and practice; specific forms of dispute settlement operate. This part will cover the main norms and principles relating to the settlement of international disputes and will introduce specific forms of dispute settlement, such international arbitration and the International Court of Justice.


  • 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