• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Donald Rothwell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2016
    See Future Offerings

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. In all cases the disputes being considered will be legal ones, though the relevant political dimensions will also be considered. Once an understanding of international dispute resolution techniques has been gained the course will then move on to an in depth consideration of certain international disputes. These disputes will include the Iranian Hostages case, East Timor case (Portugal v Australia), Whaling Case (Australia v Japan; New Zealand intervening). Dispute in specific areas such as international human rights law, and law of the sea will also be separately considered.

Learning Outcomes

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 Assessment

1. Mid-Semester examination – 40%
2. Research Essay – 60% and 3,500 words.

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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law.


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
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9688 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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