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Mediation/Conciliation of Inter- & Investor-State Disputes
Last Updated Date:   1 June 2021


5 Credits,  Semester 2

Course Description:
Rising dissatisfaction with the time, cost, lost opportunities, and political repercussions of international arbitration has increased interest in alternative methods to resolve State-State and investor-State disputes. International ADR knowledge is fast becoming a necessity for practitioners. This course introduces the student to the history and methods of consensual non-binding dispute resolution on the international law plane: primarily conciliation and mediation, with coverage also of good offices and fact-finding/inquiry. Overarching themes will be why State-level mediation and conciliation have been so rarely attempted and more rarely successful, and why the tide may now be turning, in part because of the successful Timor Leste-Australia boundary conciliation in 2018. The scope is international, with attention to Asia. The course is highly interactive, with exercises in every class, including small group discussions, debates and a mock mediation.

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Course Convenor: Visiting Prof Lucy Reed

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4313 / LL5313 / LL6313 / LLJ5313

Contact Hours: 9 sessions over 3 weeks: Three, 3hr weekly seminars

Workload: Intensive: Week 4 - 6: 31 Jan - 18 Feb 2022 [Mon, Wed: 6.30 - 9.30pm; & Fri: 2.30 - 5.30pm] *Make-up for 31 Jan & 2 Feb on Sat, 5 Feb & Sat, 12 Feb (1- 4pm)

Mode of Assessment: Class Participation - 20% & 6-Hr Take Home Exam - 80% [Release: Fri, 25 March 2022 (3pm); Due: Fri, 25 March 2022 (9pm)]

Preclusions: LL4313V/LL5313V/LL6313V Mediation/Conciliation of Inter-State & Investor-State Disputes
LL4325/LL5325/LL6325; LL4325V/LL5325V/LL6325V - The Int'l Litigation & Procedure of State Disputes

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent. One prior course in international arbitration or public international law, or taken concurrently.

Examination Date: Different Mode of Examination

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