International Dispute Settlement
intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year
Course Type and Contact Hours
Seminar, Exercise / intensive course over four entire days
5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)
This course will be taught at irregular intervals. It will be available rather in the summer term than in the winter term.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to access the Law courses.
How do States settle their disputes? When can they bring other States before international courts and tribunals – and when may these hear cases? How do proceedings in international fora look like? What are the effects of decisions rendered by international courts and tribunals? Do States follow them, can they be enforced, and can they have an impact even if they are not complied with?
These are some of the questions that the course will tackle. It will do so with a focus on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) but other international courts and tribunals will also be considered (such as ITLOS, the WTO DSB, and inter-State or mixed arbitration). We will discuss these issues based on landmark cases as well as recent and current proceedings, such as the Treaty of Amity case brought by Iran against the US or the Relocation of the US Embassy case (Palestine v US).
Further reading will be communicated to the participants ahead of each session.
- Collier and Lowe, The Settlement of Disputes in International Law (OUP 1999).
- Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law (9th edn OUP 2019) pp. 669-716.
- Hernandez, International Law (OUP 2019) pp. 279 - 322.
- Merrills, International Dispute Settlement (6th edn CUP 2017).
- Pellet, ‘Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes’ in Wolfrum (ed), The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, available at:
http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e70?rskey=y9kCQe&result=7&prd=EPIL (last visited: 18 December 2018)
- Rosenne, ‘International Court of Justice (ICJ)’ in Wolfrum (ed), The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, available at:
http://opil.ouplaw.com/view/10.1093/law:epil/9780199231690/law-9780199231690-e34?rskey=UGE0id&result=2&prd=EPIL (last visited: 18 December 2018)
- Hernandez, The International Court of Justice and the Judicial Function (OUP 2014).
- von Bogdandy and Venzke, In Whose Name? A Public Law Theory of International Adjudication (OUP 2014).
- Shany, Assessing the Effectiveness of International Courts (OUP 2016).
- Alter, The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights (Princeton University Press 2014).
yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)
Please sign up for this course under the module "Study Program Themis & Overseas - Module 14".
registration period: 1 - 9 April 2020, 12 p.m. (noon)
In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 10 April 2020.
As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 30 April 2020.
De-Registration from this Course
regular drop period: 1 April - 30 April 2020
After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.
Type of Exam
All participants will prepare a short presentation. Topics will be assigned on a first come first served basis ahead of the first session.
Presentations will take place throughout the whole course. The date of the presentations will be determined by the course instructor.
Registration for the Exam
International exchange students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.
De-Registration from the Exam
Students who drop this course via Campus Management are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not drop this course via Campus Management and do not take part any longer, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).