LAWPUBL 454 - International Disputes Settlement

Credit points: 10 points
Offered: Second Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 2 hours per week
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Amokura Kawharu
Prerequisite: LAW 211
Corequisite: LAW 435 or LAWPUBL 402

Course description

The course will cover the international law obligation to settle disputes involving States peacefully; legal and political mechanisms for settling international disputes; principles of international dispute settlement including the admissibility of claims and jurisdiction; core procedures such as the appointment of adjudicators and interim measures. Global dispute settlement bodies will also be covered beginning with the establishment and functions of the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization. The focus then shifts to international commercial arbitration and mixed investor- state dispute settlement. The course concludes with an appraisal of the role of international disputes settlement.


1000 word assignment (20%)

2 hour closed book exam (80%)

Recommended text

No texts are prescribed, but the texts listed below are useful for further reading, and reference to them will be made during the course (copies are available in the Davis Library). Additional course materials will also be distributed.

Collier & Lowe The Settlement of Disputes in International Law (1999).

Merrils International Dispute Settlement (2011).