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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Workshop programme


Wednesday 6 May

1) Welcome and introduction

2) International boundaries and boundary disputes

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

3) Boundary dispute resolution under international law

  • The UN charter and dispute resolution
  • The role of negotiation
  • The principle of consent to adjudication or arbitration of boundary disputes
  • Dispute resolution under UNCLOS

4) Choosing a forum for third-party adjudication

  • International Court of Justice
  • International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Arbitration

5) Special Agreements / Compromis

6) Practical exercise part 1: Negotiating and drafting a Compromis / Special Agreement

Thursday 7 May

7) Preparing to bring a case

  • Building and preparing a team
  • Assembling and assessing evidence
  • Developing legal arguements

8) Initiating and presenting your case

  • The application
  • Written pleadings
  • Oral arguements

9) Round-tablediscussion "A View from the Bench"

10) Practical exercise part 2: Preparing a Memorial

Friday 8 May

11) Technical support in boundary and sovereignty cases

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

12) After the Judgment

  • Implementing the decision
  • Post-Judgment actions

13) Alternatives to binding adjudication

  • Mediation
  • Conciliation