This module is one of the two compulsory modules which are offered in the second semester of studies in the area of public international law. Building on the groundwork set out in the first semester on the foundations of international law, this course concentrates on international law processes, with a focus on international dispute settlement.


The course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the law and practice of international dispute settlement, in particular litigation before the International Court of Justice, other contemporary judicial bodies in specific fields, arbitration, as well as other mechanisms. Upon completion, students will be able to:

·  understand the processes and institutional structures for resolving international disputes

·  critically discuss and assess the characteristics of dispute settlement procedures, as well as procedural aspects of international legal proceedings.


Analysis the different mechanisms of dispute settlement available to address international disputes, main characteristics and institutional design. Focus on the judicial and arbitral function, through the study of case-law of courts and tribunals, as ‘agents of legal development’. Examination of procedural aspects in international legal proceedings.

Academic Requirements

Participants are expected to have basic previous knowledge of Public International Law.

Teaching method

Teaching will be conducted through interactive, discussion-based seminars and student participation in the lectures will be required. Basic and further reading lists will be circulated prior to the classes. Weekly tutorials will be organized for an in-depth discussion of specific issues touched upon in the lectures.


Professor Photini Pazartzis

Associate Professor Maria Gavouneli

Assistant Professor George Kyriakopoulos


Teaching Assistant Dr. Nikolaos Voulgaris  

Assessment and testing

·  Final written exam, essay questions - 2 hours (50%)

·  Mid-term written exam, essay questions - 2 hours (30%)

·  Class participation (10 %). Students submit one paper/case note for feedback during the semester.

·  Students are expected to work on a collective research spanning both semesters, on a specific research area, related to the coursework (10%).