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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Workshop programme


Monday 8 July

1) Welcome and introduction

  • The purpose and value of international boundaries
  • Boundary-making: the global state of play
  • Types of dispute involving international boundaries

2) Boundary dispute resolution under international law

  • The UN Charter and dispute resolution
  • The principle of consent to adjudication or arbitration of boundary disputes
  • Dispute resolution under UNCLOS
  • The significance of timescales

3) Negotiation

  • Benefits and drawbacks of negotiation
  • Alterations in the course of boundary rivers
  • Negotiation strategy and tactics
  • Drafting a boundary agreement

4) Mediation

  • Benefits and drawbacks of mediation
  • Case studies

5) Conciliation

  • Benefits and drawbacks of conciliation
  • Compulsory conciliation under UNCLOS
  • Case studies

6) Binding adjudication and arbitration

  • Options for binding adjudication
  • Choosing a forum

Tuesday 9 July

7) Case Management

  • Building and preparing a team
  • Assembling and assessing evidence
  • Developing legal arguments
  • Filing the application

8) Presenting your case

  • Written pleadings
  • Oral arguments

9) 'A view from the bench'

10) Practical exercise part 1 : negotiating and drafting a compromis/ special agreement

Wednesday 10 July

11) Practical exercise part 2: Preparing a Memorial

12) Technical support in boundary negotiation and dispute settlement

  • The importance of geographical expertise
  • Technical issues in boundary-making
  • Bringing the landscape alive: the art of the cartographer

13) After the Judgment

  • Implementing the decision
  • Post-Judgment actions