Universität Wien FIND

030097 SE Advanced research seminar in international dispute settlement (2019S)

For the presentation of dissertation projects (for doctoral students)

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 15.03. 17:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 30.04. 16:30 - 18:30 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Friday 03.05. 16:30 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Saturday 22.06. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.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.

Association in the course directory

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