JJUA54059U Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
Peaceful settlement of international disputes is crucial in the
international community. As the use of force is prohibited in
international law, it is only logical that any disputes between
States must be settled exclusively by peaceful means. Thus the
peaceful settlement of international disputes occupies a central
place within public international law. Against that background,
this course is designed to introduce students to the various
techniques and institutions for peaceful settlement of
international disputes between States in public international law.
To this end, first, this course will examine diplomatic means of
dispute settlement. Second, this course will discuss legal means of
dispute settlement. Special emphasis will be on the law and
practice of the International Court of Justice
I. Introduction: (i) definition of international disputes, (ii) the range of means of dispute settlement.
II. Diplomatic Methods of Dispute Settlement: (i) negotiation, (ii) mediation, (iii) inquiry, (iv) conciliation, (v) dispute settlement by the United Nations
III. Legal Methods of Dispute Settlement (1) Arbitration: (i) selections of forms and arbiters, (ii) terms of reference, (iii) basis of decision, (iv) effect of the award.
IV. Legal Methods of Dispute Settlement (2) International Court of Justice: (i) structure and composition, (ii) the Court’s jurisdiction, (iii) procedure, (iv) preliminary objections, (v) provisional measures, (vi) third States intervention, (vii) non-appearance, (viii) interpretation and revision of judgments, (ix) effect of the decision, (x) enforcement of judgement, (xi) advisory proceedings, (xii) interrelationship between the ICJ and Security Council
V. Special Issues: development of other international courts and tribunals
1. To critically analyse essential issues concerning various
means of the peaceful settlement of disputes between States,
2. To critically analyse key issues associated with international courts and tribunals, mainly the International Court of Justice.
Essential Reading: J.G. Merrills, International Dispute
Settlement, Fifth edition (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,
2011). The new edition of the book is to be published in March
Total required reading is approximately 500 pages.
- Practical exercises
- 10 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentSpring: Individual written assignment
Essay assignment of the number of 23400 characters, which is equivalent to approximately 4500 words in English. The essay topics will be suggested approximately 5 weeks before the deadline.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Spring: June 22, 2017
Spring: August 11, 2017
Criteria for exam assesment
In order to be given the mark 12, the student must be able to:
- Present and explain the theoretical and practical problems of the course subject
- Identify all relevant legal issues
- Identify all relevant treaties, customary law, general principle of law, and international decisions
- Analyse relevant issues within the course subject based on various relevant and professional approaches
- Make a critical weighting of the relevant arguments and make a reasoned choice in relation to theoretical and practical solutions
- Structure the work so that statements, arguments and conclusions flow coherently and logically
- Put into perspective the specific issues of the course subject in a way that shows that she/he has a professional breadth of view in relation to and knowledge about the course subject
- Propose an appropriate synthesis and conclusion with respect to facts, issues, law and solutions
- Conduct a thorough and planned library research
- Demonstrate the ability to do research independently and autonomously
- Communicate and formulate her/his knowledge and arguments professionally and linguistically correct and in a way that is structured and coherent.