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14 November 2022 - 16 November 2022

9:00AM - 6:00PM

Paris, France

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This workshop is designed to help governments and their legal advisors to evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of third party adjudication, and to equip them with information and skills to ensure a successful outcome from the process.

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Although it is widely recognised that boundary disputes are best settled through negotiation, there are times when recourse to third party settlement also needs to be considered as an option. This workshop is designed to help governments and their legal advisors to evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of third party adjudication, and to equip them with information and skills to ensure a successful outcome from the process.

Led by highly experienced international lawyers and boundary practitioners, the workshop will offer practical instruction on topics such as: choice of forum; assembling and assessing evidence; building and managing a team; presenting your case and rebutting your opponent’s case.

The workshop, will be of value not only to countries currently involved in boundary litigation or arbitration but also to any country seeking to achieve a peaceful boundary settlement with its neighbours.

IBRU is delighted to be running this workshop in partnership with Foley Hoag, which has one of the world’s foremost boundary dispute resolution practices.


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Ms Clara Brillembourg, Foley Hoag

Dr Alejandra Torres Camprubi, Foley Hoag

Professor Sean Murphy, George, Washington University Law School 

Mr Karim M’ziani, Foley Hoag 

Mr Yuri Parkhomenko, Foley Hoag

Professor Martin Pratt, Bordermap Consulting 

Dr Derek Smith, Foley Hoag 

Mr Peter Tzeng, Foley Hoag

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Workshop Flyer

IBRU Workshop Flyer Cover November 2022

PDF IBRU Workshop Flyer November 2022


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Our partners Foley Hoag

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Foley Hoag has offices in Boston, Paris and Washington DC and since its creation in 1943 has become a high-performing firm with a long record of success across a wide range of industries.

Foley Hoag regularly represents Sovereign States in disputes over maritime and land boundaries. The firm has been counsel in more maritime boundary cases before international courts and arbitral tribunals than any other law firm in the world. Foley Hoag has helped clients achieve victories in maritime boundary cases before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

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Workshop Presentations

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Workshop programme

Monday 14 November

International boundaries and boundary disputes

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

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

Mediation & conciliation

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

Binding adjudication & arbitration 1

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

Binding adjudication & arbitration 2

  • Choosing a forum
  • Initiating a case

Tuesday 15 November

Case management

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

 Presenting your case

  • Written pleadings
  • Oral arguments

A View from the Bench’

Practical exercise part 1

Part 1 : Negotiating and drafting a compromis / special agreement

Wednesday 16 November

Practical exercise part 2

Preparing a memorial

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

After the Judgment

  • Implementing the decision
  • Post-Judgment actions


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Workshop teaching will be based at the Intercontinental Hotel Paris le Grand in Paris, France 

Address: 2 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

Intercontinental Hotel Paris

What is included in the workshop cost

In addition to tuition and all course materials, the fee covers the following: 

  • Lunch and refreshment breaks on 14-16 November


Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee.

Recommendations for nearby hotels can be provided.

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You are expected to organise your own travel arrangements to Paris. Please be aware that if you require a visa to visit France you will be required to apply for your own visa for entry in to the country. Please allow enough time for your visa to be processed before the start of the workshop. A letter on invitation can be provided to support your visa application. 

Please also make sure you check the COVID vaccination and testing requirements of the country you are entering.

No refunds will be given if you do not adhere to COVID state regulations.


Teaching and workshop materials will be in English. 


Cancellations must be received in writing not later than the 1 November2022 and will be subject to a £300 cancellation fee, unless a substitute participant is offered. After this date the full registration fee will be charged for all cancellations. 

Programme changes 

IBRU reserves the right to modify the programme as necessary, without notice to participants. 


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£1,950 per person


The cost of the workshop will be £1,950 per participant. Accommodation is not included.

Payment can only be accepted in £ sterling. Full payment must be received prior to the workshop to guarantee the booking.