JJUA55206U Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
As shown in the South China Sea disputes, international disputes significantly affect international relations. Since our epoque can be characterized by international disputes, the settlement of these disputes is of central importance. In fact, the settlement of international disputes occupies the central place in public international law. Against that background, this course aims to examine the various means and institutions for the peaceful settlement of international disputes between States in international law.
Specifically it will address:
(i) preliminary issues (the concept of international disputes and typology of dispute settlement means, etc),
(ii) diplomatic means (negotiation, good offices, mediation, inquiry and conciliation),
(iii) dispute settlement through the United Nations,
(iv) inter-State arbitration,
(v) the International Court of Justice, and
(vi) the International Tribunal for the Law of the sea.
This course builds on knowledge obtained particularly in the bachelor course of public international law.
As this is a MA course, the students are required to critically analyse the above issues. While there is no requirement for students to complete other MA courses, a basic knowledge of public international law will be helpful to follow the course. This course will be relevant for students who wish to work in international fields, such as diplomat, international civil servant and NGOs. The course is given in English.
Knowledge: On successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a specialised academic knowledge concerning diplomatic and legal means of international dispute settlement. In particular, the students will be able to explain advantages and disadvantage of each means of international dispute settlement.
Skills: The students will be able to select and advise relevant means of international disputes. They will also be able to critically analyse key issues associated with international courts and tribunals, in particular, procedural rules of the International Court of Justice in English.
Competences: The students will be able to advice relevant means of international dispute settlement. Furthermore, the students will be able to determine whether or not an international court would have jurisdiction to deal with a particular case.
J. Merrills, International Dispute Settlement, 6th edition (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 374 p. Or
Y.Tanaka, The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (Cambridge Unviersity Press, 2018), 405 p.
In addition, relevant cases and documents will be suggested within the scope of 375 pages in total.
Self-evaluation on the basis of quizzes or a mini-test. As a plan, students will be given a short written test or quizzes in the class. They exchange their answer and evaluate each other. Subsequently I will explain correct answer and provide the students suggestions to achieve learning objectives.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 1 dayAssigned written individual assignment, 1 day
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Spring: May 15-16, 2018
Summer course 2018: TBA
Spring: July 31 - August 1, 2018
Summer course 2018: TBA