Dispute Resolution


This concentration will prepare students to engage with the range of processes and techniques used to resolve international disputes, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other deliberate mechanisms intended to resolve disputes beyond conflict in war or court.


International order and global governance increasingly and necessarily employ a range of formal and informal processes to resolve disputes. States, regional and international organizations, and individual parties rely increasingly on these dispute resolution processes to ensure implementation of international policies, norms and laws, and to ensure compliance. International dispute resolution often involves working with government and international lawyers and requires an understanding of basic applicable legal doctrines and procedures.


Students wishing to receive attestation certifying the depth of their specialization in this particular area will be required to successfully complete at least four of the courses listed below.

Please note that this list will be reviewed from time to time depending on the available course offerings at any given time. Students should check the availability of these courses with the SIA academic advisor and the individual course instructors. Students should also determine if there are pre-requisites for enrolling in a particular course.


  1. Strategy, Conflict, Peace — INTAF 505 (3 credits)
  2. Conflict Resolution in Cross-Cultural Contexts — INTAF 510 (3 credits)
  3. Human Rights Culture and Activism — INTAF 597* (3 credits)
  4. War and Peace — INTAF 816 (3 Credits)
  5. Dispute System Design Seminar — SEM 909 (3 credits)
  6. Family Law — FMEST 962 (3 credits)
  7. International Commercial Arbitration — INTER 984 (3 credits)
  8. Social Conflict — SOC 425 (3 credits)
  9. Conflict Negotiation and Resolution — CAS 404 (3 credits)
  10. State Making — PLSC 420 (3 credits)
  11. Conflict Management, Termination, and Bargaining — PL SC 566 (3 credits)
  12. Power, Conflict, and Community Decision Making — CED 417 (3 credits)
  13. Workplace Dispute Resolution — LER 437 (3 credits)
  14. Foreign Investment in Russia and the CIS  — INTER 954 (2 credits)
  15. Mediation of Environmental and Public Conflicts — SKILS 972 (3 Credits)

* Frequency and availability of Special Topics 597 courses will vary each semester.