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Small States & International Dispute Resolution


About This Course

The Small States & International Dispute Resolution course will allow small states stakeholders to gain a basic understanding of international dispute resolution and its importance for small states. The objective is to engage participants from Pacific Island, Caribbean, and African Small States in developing international dispute resolution capacity.

This course will enable participants to make informed choices regarding international dispute resolution by:

  1. Fostering awareness of the different dispute resolution mechanisms and climate change/environmental issues (law reform).
  2. Providing basic International Dispute Resolution awareness for a large number of stakeholders. Stakeholders are judges, government officials, legal practitioners, business owners, academics, and NGOs.
  3. Further familiarising participants with environmental law related issues on the importance of the various dispute resolution mechanisms in light of possible environmental/climate change claims.


No prior legal knowledge is required for this course other than an interest in the issues of small states and climate change.

Course Director

Petra Butler, Course Director

Professor Petra Butler
Director of the Institute for Small and Micro-States, and Professor at Victoria University of Wellington Law School

Petra Butler specialises in domestic and international human rights, business and human rights, and international commercial law with an emphasis on international commercial dispute resolution and international commercial contracts. She has published widely in her areas of expertise. Petra is a German fully qualified lawyer and a NZ qualified barrister. She regularly advises Government departments and the profession on issues in the areas of her research and teaching interests.

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