Tutorials are intrinsically connected to the General Courses. They provide an opportunity for a more detailed exploration of the key concepts addressed in the General Courses but in a small group interaction. During tutorials, students are expected to participate actively and to have researched relevant topics. Each student must write one research paper per semester, one on the settlement of disputes in the area of public international law and one in the are of private disputes. These papers are presented and discussed during the tutorial meetings.
Josef Ostransky, MIDS Lecturer in Private International Law
"One of my main tasks as a MIDS lecturer is to give tutorials for the private international part of the programme. The tutorials are held in small groups of around 10 students, and their main purpose is to stimulate lively discussion on the topics covered in the General Course. These commercial and investment arbitration topics are therefore discussed more in-depth, in conceptual and theoretical terms, but are also illustrated with practical examples. I initiate the discussion among the students by asking them various specific as well as more general questions, and then guide the discussion in order to keep it within the bounds of the theme. However, the purpose of the discussion is also to branch out into unexplored facets of the discussed topic in a more spontaneous way."
Brian McGarry, MIDS Lecturer in Public International Law tutorial
"The weekly tutorials are an integral part of the MIDS General Course. These group discussions are fuelled by challenging questions posed by the students themselves. I guide these sessions with a focus on the interpretation of treaty terms, procedural rules, and doctrinal concepts in the case law of the International Court of Justice, the World Trade Organization, and regional and ad hoc bodies. We identify legal grey areas and distinguish and analogize between cases - essential skills for international dispute settlement practitioners and scholars. Students each research and present one paper (around 4,000 words) per semester to highlight aspects of these thematic discussions, which helps to prepare them to draft their LL.M. theses."