The first module of the course will look at how judicial settlement differs from more political forms of dispute resolution like negotiation and mediation. It provides a brief historical overview as well as an introduction to the judicial and arbitral bodies based in The Hague. The remaining modules will teach you about the functions of these courts and tribunals, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities that they face. Three overarching themes unite all of these modules: I The interaction of law and politics; (ii) the continuing role of state consent; and (iii) the ability of international courts and tribunals to protect the public interest and the global values.
This course will provide you with a better understanding of the functions and features of the courts and tribunals located in The Hague. You will become acquainted with each court or tribunal. You will gain realistic expectations of their ability to address contemporary problems as well as an understanding of their limitations. You will also have the opportunity to discuss some of their most notable cases.
If you want a better understanding of international law in action in The Hague, this is the course for you!
1. An introduction to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague
- Introduction to the Course
- How to succeed in your online class?
- The History of International Dispute Settlement in The Hague
- Diplomatic versus Judicial International Dispute Settlement
- Overview of the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague
- The Course Themes: Law and Politics, State Consent, Global Values
2. The International Court of Justice (ICJ)
- An Introduction to the International Court of Justice
- The ICJ's Contentious Jurisdiction
- Advisory Opinions of the International Court of Justice
- The International Court of Justice and the Protection of the Environment
- Interview with Judge Christopher Greenwood
3. The Arbitration of International Disputes
- Arbitration and the Permanent Court of Arbitration
- Introduction to Inter-State Arbitration
- Introduction to Investor-state Arbitration
- Investment Arbitration and Public Interests: Human Health
- Interview with Brooks W. Daly
4. International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
- From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Renaissance of International Criminal Law
- The International Criminal Court
- Interview with ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda
- International Criminal Courts and Global Values: The ICC and Democracy
- Towards an International Terrorism Tribunal?
5. Conclusions of the three Course Themes
- Course Theme I: Law and Politics
- Course Theme II: State Consent
- Course Theme III: Global Values