The course examines the role of international law and, in particular, international organisations in restoring and maintaining peace and providing mechanisms for the peaceful settlement of disputes (eg arbitration, good offices).
Topics include: the development of legal doctrines, notably state responsibility for international harm and the regulation of the use of force in international law (self-defence, humanitarian intervention, war crimes); the evolution of the United Nations system and its work in the realm of collective security (Somalia, Haiti, Yugoslavia), with particular attention to the United Nations Security Council, and the International Court of Justice.
This course is an exercise in applied international law and politics. The objective of the course is to train students to use international legal materials in analysing inter-state disputes and the role of international organisations in resolving or exacerbating them.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Define, explain, distinguish and apply the basic concepts and terminology of the international law relating to international dispute resolution;
2. Define and distinguish amongst the variety of processes by which international dispute resolution is undertaken and the roles played by the most important courts, tribunals and institutions;
3. Define, explain and apply the relevant principles of international dispute resolution as found in the 1945 Charter of the United Nations, and the 1945 Statute of the International Court of Justice;
4. Explain and demonstrate through particular cases the relevance of international dispute resolution to current political and social developments at the international and national levels;
5. Select and apply a range of approaches in written and oral communication, and apply critical thinking required to bring about creative solutions to complex international dispute resolution problems;
6. Use, interpret and apply a wide range of legal materials in both on-line and traditional media from international and national sources; and
a Plan and complete a research project or task, with some independence.
Indicative Assessment1. Mid-Semester examination – 40%
2. Research Essay – 60% and 3,500 words.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3498||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person||N/A|