This course examines the various non-judicial and judicial processes and institutions used in settling disputes in public international law. These processes include the development of `hybrid’ mechanisms to address new and emerging types of dispute, UN Charter provisions discouraging resort to war by States, authorisation of the use of force to uphold the objectives and principles of the UN Charter, international humanitarian law, and peacekeeping.

We provide an understanding of the fundamental principles of public international law regulating the settlement of disputes between States, the range of procedures available, and the institutions that make up the settlement system.

Successful completion of the course should enable you to formulate proposals for improving dispute settlement procedures (both legal and political) in response to the evolving dynamics of inter-State relationships and changing approaches to international dispute settlement.

Dispute Resolution
4 days
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Topics covered

  • the nature of the system of international law and regulation and the evolution of concerted co-operation
  • conflicts and disputes in international law
  • international dispute settlement institutions
  • international dispute settlement mechanisms
  • non-judicial processes
  • judicial processes - international courts and tribunals
  • judicial processes - arbitration
  • regulation of the international use of force

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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This course is part of the Masters of Laws postgraduate program.

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CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.