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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Preparing for Third Party Settlement of Boundary and Territorial Disputes

Professional Training Workshop

The Hague, The Netherlands

NEW DATE! 20-22 March 2017

In partnership with Eversheds LLP

Although it is widely recognised that boundary disputes are best settled through negotiation, there are times when recourse to third party settlement also needs to be considered as an option. This workshop is designed to help governments and their legal advisors to evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of third party adjudication, and to equip them with information and skills to ensure a successful outcome from the process.

Led by highly experienced international lawyers and boundary practitioners, the workshop will offer practical instruction on topics such as: choice of forum; assembling and assessing evidence; building and managing a team; presenting your case and rebutting your opponent’s case.

The workshop, organised in partnership with leading international law firm Eversheds will be of value not only to countries currently involved in boundary litigation or arbitration but also to any country seeking to achieve a peaceful boundary settlement with its neighbours.

The cost of the is workshop is £1,800 per person. The price does not include accommodation.

Online booking form

Workshop brochure


Mr Rodman Bundy, Eversheds LLP

M. Philippe Couvreur, International Court of Justice

Professor Vaughan Lowe QC, Essex Court Chambers

Ms Loretta Malintoppi, 39 Essex Chambers

Professor Alina Miron, University of Angers

Professor Martin Pratt, Bordermap Consulting

Mr Garth Schofield, Permanent Court of Arbitration

Mr Tullio Treves, former ITLOS Judge


Monday 20 March

1) Introduction

  • International boundary disputes and their resolution

2) Fora for third-party adjudication: The International Court of Justice

3) Fora for third-party adjudication: ITLOS

4) Fora for third-party adjudication: Arbitration

5) Chosing a forum and bringing a case

6) Practical exercise: Negotiating and drafting a secial agreement

Tuesday 21 March

7) Case management

8) "A view from the bench"

9) Evidence to support your case

10) Presenting your case: making the most of written pleadings and oral arguments

11) Practical exercise: Preparing and presenting a Memorial

Workshop dinner with speaker to be announced

Wednesday 22 March

12) "A view from the bench"

13) Technical support in boundary cases

14) After the Judgment

Administrative information


The cost of the workshop will be £1,800 per participant.

We regret that payment can only be accepted in £ sterling. However, we are able to accept payment by major credit and debit cards. Full payment must be received prior to the workshop to guarantee the booking.

In addition to tuition and all course materials, the fee covers the following:

  • Evening dinner on Tuesday 21 march.
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks on 20-22 March


Workshop teaching will be based at The Hilton, The Hague, The Netherlands


Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee

IBRU has negotiated a special workshop rate participants to stay at the The Hilton, The Hague.

The bed and breakfast rate of €189 per room per night is available until 28 February 2017. After this date the cheapest available rate will be offered by the hotel. If you woud like to take advantage of this offer, please follow this link to the Hilton special reservation webpage. Alternatively contact Sybrich Kampen at The Hilton and she will be happy ot help with your reservation. +31 70 710 7011

Workshop Reservations

To reserve a place on the workshop, please contact Liz Buxton or use the online booking form


Teaching and workshop materials will be in English. We regret that we are unable to provide translation or interpretation services.


Cancellations must be received in writing not later than 3 March 2017, and will be subject to a £50 cancellation fee unless a substitute participant is offered. After this date the full registration fee will apply. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

If required, please ensure you have a valid visa to travel to The Netherlands before booking on the workshop. Refunds cannot be made to indiviudals that do not have the required travel documentation after the deadline date of 3 March 2017 has passed with no exceptions.

Programme changes

IBRU reserves the right to modify the programme as necessary, without notice to participants.