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The Role of Diplomacy in International Dispute Resolution (Published)

A technique by which states’ foreign policies are put into action, Diplomacy is also an important instrument through which states deal with each other in the mutual pursuit of their respective national interest. In other words, diplomacy is seen as the method through which states conduct their businesses with each other in the international system. Through diplomacy, states seek to coordinate policies that is designed to enhance their welfare or power. This paper discusses the origin and conceptual clarification of diplomacy, and how diplomacy is conducted in the international system. The paper also examines the functions of diplomacy and its usefulness in dispute resolution. The methods of dispute resolution through diplomacy i.e. the political and judicial methods, are also examined. The paper also examines the role of the International Court of Justice as an international adjudicator.

Citation: Joseph C. Ebegbulem  and   John A. Adams  (2022) The Role of Diplomacy in International Dispute Resolution, Global Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol.10, No.7, pp.57-63

Keywords: Adjudication, Diplomacy, Dispute resolution, International Court of Justice, Negotiation.


The general impression created is that cultural norms used in dispute resolution in chiefs’ courts in Ghana violate women’s rights. Analysis of these norms and proceedings in chiefs’ courts is important because chiefs’ courts play a tremendous role in dispute resolution among the ethnic groups. The units of analyses are Anlo and Asante of Ghana. The findings of the research are that chiefs’ courts do not discriminate against women in gender neutral cases and that the bias occurs when the case is gender sensitive. Women also have limited participation as decision-makers in chiefs’ courts, a factor, among others, that may contribute to the bias against them. There is need to modernise operations in chiefs’ courts to make it gender friendly. Moreover, since gender issues tend to affect women’s property rights, and are often used as central reference points for the handling of disputes, there is need for social re-orientation of people. The research is significant because, inter alia, it contributes towards the strengthening of procedures in chiefs’ courts, and in the reform of cultural norms/laws/principles that are gender discriminatory

Keywords: Chiefs’ courts, Cultural norms/laws/principles, Dispute, Dispute resolution, Inheritance, Property, Property inheritance