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030021 SE Advanced research seminar in international dispute settlement (2014S)

for undergraduate and graduate students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 10.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG (Kickoff Class)
Friday 16.05. 16:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Friday 20.06. 15:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Saturday 21.06. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM51 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This advanced research seminar will address the settlement of international disputes involving States, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties. The seminar focuses on institutional , jurisdictional, and procedural aspects of international dispute settlement, including questions of jurisdiction and admissibility of international claims, preliminary objections, third party intervention, and enforcement of judgments and awards.
The dispute settlement bodies that will be discussed include the International Court of Justice, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, mixed arbitral tribunals between a State and a private party, such as investor-State arbitration, inter-State arbitral tribunals, ad hoc tribunals, and human rights bodies.
The seminar will be structured around the specific research interests of the researchers who enroll for the seminar. The topics to be discussed are thus flexible, although an effort will be made to find themes of interest to many of the participants rather than focusing on highly specialized issues. A large part of the seminar will revolve around presentations of work in progress by researchers. Participants will be expected to read and comment upon that work. There will also be an opportunity to bring in one or more visitors who might be of interest to the participants.

Assessment and permitted materials

Assessment of work progress during interim session, quality of the research paper and oral presentation, oral contributions in mini-groups and discussion during the final session.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

On completion of the seminar, students should understand the function, scope, and operation of international courts and tribunals, the strengths and weaknesses of international dispute settlement processes, and the fundamental differences between international and domestic dispute settlement.

Examination topics

Legal research on a subject in the field of international dispute settlement, discussion of the subject in mini-groups, submission of a research paper at the end of the term, oral presentation and defense of the research paper during the final session.

Reading list

The syllabus and the meeting times will be fixed after consultation with interested students. For this purpose, a planning session will be held on
10 March 2014, 5 p.m., Sem 52.

Association in the course directory

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