Topics discussed in this course include (1) the nature of international law and the international system, (2) sources of international law, (3) the law of treaties, (4) international law and national law, (5) personality, statehood and recognition, (6) jurisdiction and sovereignty, (7) state responsibility and immunities, (8) international organizations, (9) use of force, collective security and peacekeeping, and (10) peaceful settlement of disputes and international human rights law.
Important: Please note that this course will not be taught separately in this year's summer university.
Upon completion of this course students will be able:
• to autonomously analyse and assess cases governed by international law in areas covered by the course (see above);
• in particular, to properly apply the acquired knowledge to case solutions;
• and to understand and assess the implications of both current and future developments in the field of international law.
Moreover, this course promotes students' skills:
• to autonomously identify and effectively synthesise problems, both orally and in writing, and to provide for adequate solutions;
• to apply acquired knowledge in practice;
• and to independently develop acquired knowledge further, thereby allowing them to effectively keep pace with new legal developments.
Attendance is compulsory. While students are allowed to miss two entire classes, successful passing of the course is not possible in case of absence going beyond that. Students who miss the first class without prior notification to the course convenors will be deregistered from the course.
Lecture, case studies, guided self-study of selected textbook chapters.
Students' performance will be assessed based on two written exams, i.e. a midterm exam (20 points) and a final exam (30 points), as well as on their active participation in class (max. additional 5 points).
Grading will be as follows: 26-32,5 points Genügend, 33-38,5 points Befriedigend, 39-44,5 points Gut, 45-50 points Sehr gut.
During the registration period places are allocated according to the "first-come, first-served" principle. After the registration period, students from the waiting list who don't yet have a valid registration will be assigned to available places based on their progress in their studies.
Please note that this course is primarily aimed at students of law. Participants are expected to have a solid knowledge of law in general, and of (Austrian) public law and EU law in particular.
This course is held in English.