Instructor(s): Anna Su

For graduate students, the course number is LAW7096HS.

There is no prerequisite but having taken Public International Law is highly recommended.

Note: This course satisfies either the Perspective or the International/Comparative/Transnational course requirement.

Note: The Blackboard program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Blackboard as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

International courts and tribunals play an important role in shaping and developing international law. In recent years, the number, impact and importance of international courts has sharply increased. This seminar explores the law, theory and history surrounding international courts and tribunals. It will acquaint students with the primary international courts such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, and also ad hoc tribunals such as investor-state dispute settlement systems. It will address general questions regarding their activity as institutions and will study their interactions in the global arena. We will consider questions such as the relationship between national legislatures and international courts, the problem of cultural difference, the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of international bodies, the creation of specialized courts and the relationship amongst international tribunals themselves. The purpose is not to study the detailed workings of a specific court or tribunal but to gain a meaningful and holistic appreciation of how they shape and are in turn shaped by the international order.

5000-7500 word final paper on a topic approved by the instructor (70%), 1 short (750 words) response paper (15%), class attendance (10%) and participation (5%).

At a Glance

Second Term



13 JD


W: 2:10 - 4:00