Not available in 2016/17
LL4F6      Half Unit
International Dispute Resolution: Non-Adjudicatory

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Christine Chinkin NAB6.15


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

International Dispute Resolution: Non-Adjudicatory Processes is concerned with the way in which conflicts or potential conflicts, both between states and with other participants in the international arena, can be peacefully managed and resolved. The course considers the options available for the peaceful settlement of international disputes. . It will examine the general obligation under international law to settle disputes peacefully, focussing particularly (but not exclusively) on non-adjudicatory means of international dispute settlement, such as negotiation, inquiry, mediation and conciliation. Using controversial case studies (including those relating to peace processes), the course will examine the respective advantages and disadvantages of these various mechanisms, the interplay between them, and the factors that influence their effectiveness. It will also explore some of the theoretical issues that underpin international dispute resolution.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to complete one 1,500 word essay during the course.

Indicative reading

J Collier & V Lowe, The Settlement of Disputes in International Law Institutions and Procedures (Oxford, 1999); J Merrills, International Dispute Settlement (5th ed, Cambridge, 2011); C. Bell, Peace Agreements: Their Nature and Legal Status, 100 AJIL (2006) 373; International Dispute Resolution from Hilary Astor and Christine Chinkin, Dispute Resolution in Australia, Sydney, Butterworths, 2002; Anne Peters, International Dispute Settlement: A Network of Cooperational Duties, 14 European Journal of International Law 1 (2003).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2015/16: Unavailable

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills