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KDEC 9615 - Supranational Adjudication

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course aims to provide students with a global overview of the theory and practice of adjudication before international courts and tribunals. Within this framework, several dispute settlement mechanisms (ICJ, WTO, ICSID and other investment arbitration mechanisms, ITLoS, PCA, ICC, ECtHR, IACtHR, etc.) will be studied in a comparative perspective through institutional or procedural issues for which similarities and differences will be highlighted (composition of judicial bodies, challenge of judges and arbitrators, jurisdiction, admissibility of claims, applicable law, provisional measures, amicus curiae and transparency of international legal proceedings, review mechanisms, implementation of decisions, etc.). This will also represent an opportunity to better understand some of the fundamental aspects of the international legal order as well as the political underpinnings of the judicialization of international relations.


BISMUTH, Régis (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Course validation

Students are required to write 4 reflection papers throughout the semester. Class participation can raise a student's grade up to one notch.

Required reading

  • General bibliography :C. P. Romano, K. J. Alter & Y. Shany (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication (OUP, 2015)
  • M. E. O'Connell, International Dispute Resolution – Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press, 2nd ed., 2012)
  • C. Giorgetti (ed.), The Rules, Practice, and Jurisprudence of International Courts and Tribunals (Martinus Nijhoff, 2013)
  • R. Mackenzie, C. P. Romano, P. Sands & Y Shany (eds.), The Manual on International Courts and Tribunals (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2010)
  • A. Zimmermann, K. Oellers-Frahm, C. Tomuschat & C. J. Tams (eds.), The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed., 2012).

Additional required reading

  • Reading assignments will be listed on a detailed course syllabus. The course syllabus will be made available to students a week before the first class.
  • C. Santulli, Droit du contentieux international (LGDJ, 2nd ed., 2015)