The groundwork of the curriculum consists of two general courses, which provide a comprehensive overview of international dispute settlement. Each of these general courses runs throughout the 14 weeks of one semester, consisting of four hours per week.
The first course, held during the autumn semester, sets the stage and explains the different mechanisms for resolving international disputes. The second course, in the spring semester, discusses the main procedural issues that arise in international legal proceedings.
What types of situations give rise to disputes in the international arena? How are these different disputes settled? What dispute resolution mechanisms are available? This course focuses on investment and commercial arbitration, and dispute settlement before the International Court of Justice, World Trade Organization, and certain other contemporary bodies. The main characteristics of each dispute settlement institution and procedure will be examined, with emphasis placed on the types of disputes that may be brought before each, as well as related jurisdictional considerations. In this course, students also become acquainted with trends and fundamental legal concepts found throughout international dispute settlement. In this way, students gain a holistic understanding of the intersections and differences among an ever-increasing range of mechanisms available in contemporary international disputes.
This course covers the main procedural issues arising in international legal proceedings. Disputes before the bodies examined in General Course 1 may give rise to similar issues in practice, such as objections to jurisdiction and admissibility, applicable law, provisional measures, equal treatment, evidence, and enforcement. This course reviews the treatment of these issues in case law, and in so doing encourages comparisons and contrasts among international dispute settlement mechanisms. By critically appraising both conceptual and pragmatic aspects of these proceedings, students prepare to apply a wealth of knowledge in legal practice.