2194 Principles of International Law
Univ.Prof. Dr. Monika Polzin, LL.M.
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
17.09.2020 bis 21.09.2020
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Master
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Dienstag 06.10.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 13.10.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 20.10.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 27.10.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 03.11.2020 15:00 - 17:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 17.11.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 24.11.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 01.12.2020 14:00 - 16:30 Online-Einheit
Montag 07.12.2020 14:00 - 15:00 Online-Einheit
Dienstag 15.12.2020 11:00 - 13:30 Online-Einheit

Ablauf der LV bei eingeschränktem Campusbetrieb

lesson 1 to lesson 4: distance mode by Zoom

lesson 5: take home exam (midterm exam)

lesson 6 to lesson 8: distance mode by Zoom    

lesson 9: take home exam (final exam) 

Inhalte der LV

Topics discussed in this course include (1) the nature of international law and the international system, (2) the sources of international law, (3) the law of treaties, (4) international law and national/EU law, (5) subjects of international law, (6) jurisdiction and sovereignty, (7) immunities from national jurisdiction, (8) state responsibility, (9) peaceful settlement of disputes, (10) the use of force, and (11) international human rights law.

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

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.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

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.

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

Students' performance will be assessed based on two take home exams, i.e. a midterm exam (40 points) and a final exam (60 points). Through active participation in class, students may score an additional 10 points (1 plus point per class, only in exceptional cases 2 plus points per class, not more than 10 plus points in total).

Grading will be as follows: 50-60 points Genügend, 60,5-74,5 points Befriedigend, 75-84,5 points Gut, 85-100 points Sehr gut.


1 Autor/in: Martin Dixon
Titel: Textbook on International Law

Verlag: Oxford University Press
Auflage: 7th
Jahr: 2013
Prüfungsstoff: Ja
Art: Buch
2 Autor/in: Stein/von Buttlar/Kotzur


Verlag: Vahlen
Auflage: 14
Anmerkungen: recommended reading in German
Jahr: 2017
Empfehlung: Stark empfohlen (aber nicht absolute Kaufnotwendigkeit)
Art: Buch
3 Autor/in: Martin Dixon/Robert McCorquodale/Sarah Williams
Titel: Cases and Materials on International Law

Verlag: Oxford University Press
Auflage: 6th
Jahr: 2016
Empfehlung: Referenzliteratur
4 Autor/in: Bernhard Kempen/Christian Hillgruber


Verlag: Beck
Auflage: 2
Jahr: 2012
Empfehlung: Referenzliteratur
Art: Buch

Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

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.

Empfohlene inhaltliche Vorkenntnisse

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.

Erreichbarkeit des/der Vortragenden

See above.


This course is held in English.

Weitere Informationen

Detailinformationen zu einzelnen Lehrveranstaltungseinheiten

Einheit Datum Inhalte

Nature of International Law and the international system


Subjects of International Law


Sources of International Law


International Law and national/EU Law


Midterm exam


Use of force


State responsibility / Immunities from national jurisdiction


Peaceful settlement of disputes 

International Human Rights Law


Final exam

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