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.
The course is a inter-active lecture. The lecture is given on the basis of the actual or hypothetical cases. In the class, the students will be required to discuss questions in a small group. Furthermore, as part of group activity, the students will be required to participate in a ‘moot negotiation’. ‘Moot negotiation’ aims to facilitate class participation of the students. In ‘moot negotiation’, students discuss hypothetical scenario (question). The students will be divided into, for instance, three groups and they present/defend their legal position as a hypothetical member of national delegation in an international conference or negotiation table.
Y.Tanaka, The Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (Cambridge Unviersity Press, 2018), 405 p. (recommended textbook)
J. Merrills and E. de Brabandere, Merrills' International Dispute Settlement, 7th edn (Cambridge University Press, 2022) (alternative)
In addition, relevant cases and documents will be suggested within the scope of 375 pages in total.
Good command of English is recommendable.
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.
- Students enrolled at Faculty of Law: Self Service at KUnet
- Students enrolled at other UCPH faculties or Danish universities, who holds a pre-approval from their Study Board: Credit student application form
- All other students or professionals: Single subject application form (tuition fee apply)
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
Written assignment, 1 day
- Type of assessment details
- Assigned written individual assignment, 1 day
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Single subject courses (day)
- Course number
- 7,5 ECTS
- Programme level
- Full Degree Master
Full Degree Master choice
- Spring And Summer
- Students enrolled at Faculty of Law or holding a pre-approval: No tuition fee
- Professionals: Please visit our website
Please see timetable for teaching hours
- Faculty of Law
- Yoshifumi Tanaka (16-7f75796e6f6c7b736f347a677467716746707b7834717b346a71)
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