• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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 (LLB, LLB(H)), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS2250 International Law; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD), 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.  

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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