The course is delivered in two Parts. Part I comprises four foundational 3-hour lectures (total 12 hours), which introduce the theory and history of International Dispute Resolution, as well as the six primary mechanisms of IDR contained in Article VI of the United Nations Charter. These mechanisms are: Negotiation, Mediation, Inquiry, Conciliation, Arbitration and Judicial Settlement. Part II comprises the 3-day Intensive IDR workshop (total 24 hours). This workshop provides experiential learning opportunities for students, as they participate in a series of real-life IDR simulations.
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
7. Plan and complete a research project or task, with some independence.
Indicative Assessment1. Class attendance (0: 5% penalty);
2. Class participation (10%);
3. International Dispute Resolution Advice (1,500 words, 30%);
4. Research Essay (3,000 words, 60%).
Indicative Assessment 1 is related to LOs 1, 2, 3, 4.
Indicative Assessment 2 is related to LOs 1, 4, 5, 6.
Indicative Assessment 3 is related to LOs 1, 2, 3, 5.
Indicative Assessment 4 is related to LOs 2, 4, 6, 7
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week in Part I and twenty-four contact hours during Part II. Students are expected to devote an average of at least 10 hours overall per week to this course between the first lecture and submission of the final assessment.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsJ.G. Merrills, International Dispute Settlement (Cambridge, 2017, 6th Edn).
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