The course will provide an overview of the system of public international law and the major international institutions and their role in dispute settlement, before considering various forms of dispute settlement in greater detail. The course will also cover the prohibition on the threat or use of force and the laws applicable in armed conflict.

Dispute Resolution
Semester long - Tuesdays 2-5pm.
Online (view map)
Enrolment options: 
$2,260 (incl. GST)

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 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 online.

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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.

Ms Michelle Healy

Michelle Healy is a Senior Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the World Trade Organization, where she advises panellists who serve as arbitrators on WTO dispute settlement panels. Michelle joined the WTO in 2007, and spent approximately 10 years in the Rules Division of the WTO, where she worked on a number of disputes involving trade remedies, including the disputes over subsidies to the European and U.S. large civil aircraft sectors, and the analysis of their economic effects. She has worked on the negotiations on subsidies and countervailing measures and the negotiations on fisheries subsidies and regularly conducts training on trade remedies, the WTO dispute settlement system and WTO principles, as part of the WTO's technical assistance and training activities.

Michelle is from Brisbane, Australia. She obtained a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Queensland, before working as an Associate to the Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Anthony Mason. She also has a Master of Laws degree from Columbia Law School and a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (two-year Masters) degree in international relations, with a specialization in public international law, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to working in international trade, Michelle spent several years in corporate legal practice at U.S. law firms in New York and London, followed by a period as a lecturer in corporations law and competition law at the University of Queensland. She is admitted to practice law in the New South Wales, the State of New York and England and Wales.