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Principles of International Law and International Dispute Settlement


Course is taught in the 1st semester.

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

This course merges core topics of public international law with themes concerning law and society, and addresses these topics from the perspective of the international dispute settlement lawyer.

The grades for this course will be based 40% on a written assignment, and 60% on an examination. All university rules governing plagiarism remain applicable.

Course Topics:

  • 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: Currently these pages are being updated to reflect the courses for 2022 - 2023. Until these pages are fixed as per 1 September 2022 no rights can be claimed from the information which is currently contained within.
Should there be any future changes of the Covid 19 virus which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2022 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.