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.
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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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|10037||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person||N/A|