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

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.

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
  7. Plan and complete a research project or task, with some independence.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Class attendance (0: 5% penalty); (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Class participation (10%); (10) [LO 1,4,5,6]
  3. International Dispute Resolution Advice (1,500 words); (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  4. Research Essay (3,000 words). (60) [LO 2,4,6,7]

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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250 International Law; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250/LAWS6250 International Law.

Prescribed Texts

J.G. Merrills, International Dispute Settlement (Cambridge, 2017, 6th Edn).


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $5700
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
7150 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View

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