• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course aims to provide an in-depth analysis of international dispute resolution as a technique for resolving international law disputes. The course will review various types of international dispute resolution mechanisms, with an emphasis on peaceful means of settlement. The whole range of international dispute resolution techniques will be covered, including some which are purely political.

The course will critically examine the concept of an ‘international dispute’ in the context of human rights violations.  Is the international community in ‘dispute’ with a state which it calls to account for violating the human rights of its own citizens?  Is an individual in ‘dispute’ with a state which they claim has violated their human rights? In all cases the disputes being considered will be legal ones, though the relevant political dimensions will also be considered.

The course also includes an in depth consideration of certain international disputes. These disputes will include the Iranian Hostages case, East Timor, and the Australia/Japan whaling dispute. In addition a wide range of other international disputes will be referred to for illustrative purposes throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

A participant who has successfully completed this course should:
  1. have an understanding of a range of international dispute resolution techniques;
  2. understand why some types of international dispute resolution are more successful than others;
  3. have a detailed knowledge of how international dispute resolution has been applied in one particular international dispute;
  4. have a working knowledge of the relevant international law which forms the basis for the various international disputes discussed;
  5. be able to distinguish between legal and political means used to settle international disputes;
  6. in general, have an enhanced appreciation of the workings of the international legal system and its interplay with international politics.

Other Information

This is an intensive course with 4 days of compulsory attendance required (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.

Indicative Assessment

Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


26 Contact Hours (Intensive Delivery over 4 days) plus private study and reading time.

Click here for the current LLM Masters Program timetable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LAWS2223. Coreq of LAWS8182 or (Program 7330 and 30 units LAWS1### and LAWS2250)

Preliminary Reading

Readings and materials will be listed in the Course Study Guide which will be available on the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5751 10 May 2016 10 May 2016 20 May 2016 24 Jun 2016 In Person N/A

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions