Copenhagen, Denmark

Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes

when 8 July 2024 - 16 July 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee DKK 7500

As shown in the South China Sea disputes, international disputes significantly affect international relations. Since our epoque can be characterized by international disputes, the settlement of these disputes is of central importance. In fact, the settlement of international disputes occupies the central place in public international law. Against that background, this course aims to examine the various means and institutions for the peaceful settlement of international disputes between States in international law.

Specifically it will address:

(i) preliminary issues (the concept of international disputes and typology of dispute settlement means, etc),

(ii) diplomatic means (negotiation, good offices, mediation, inquiry and conciliation),

(iii) dispute settlement through the United Nations,

(iv) inter-State arbitration,

(v) the International Court of Justice, and

(vi) the International Tribunal for the Law of the sea.

This course builds on knowledge obtained particularly in the bachelor course of public international law.

As this is a MA course, the students are required to critically analyse the above issues. While there is no requirement for students to complete other MA courses, a basic knowledge of public international law will be helpful to follow the course. This course will be relevant for students who wish to work in international fields, such as diplomat, international civil servant and NGOs. The course is given in English.

Target group

Master students

Course aim


On successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a specialised academic knowledge concerning diplomatic and legal means of international dispute settlement. In particular, the students will be able to explain advantages and disadvantage of each means of international dispute settlement.


The students will be able to select and advise relevant means of international disputes. They will also be able to critically analyse key issues associated with international courts and tribunals, in particular, procedural rules of the International Court of Justice in English.


The students will be able to advice relevant means of international dispute settlement. Furthermore, the students will be able to determine whether or not an international court would have jurisdiction to deal with a particular case.

Fee info

DKK 7500: EU/EEA citizens

Students enrolled at one of the Master's degree programmes at Faculty of Law and credit students enrolled at other UCPH faculties or Danish universities who has a pre-approval from the study board for your study programme do not have to pay tuition fee.
DKK 9375: Non-EU/EEA citizens

Exchange students enrolled at the Faculty of Law do not have to pay tuition fee.