Syllabus

Title
5429 Principles of International Law
Instructors
Univ.Prof. Dr. Monika Polzin, LL.M.
Contact details
Type
PI
Weekly hours
2
Language of instruction
Englisch
Registration
02/16/22 to 02/28/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/08/22 03:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 03/09/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 03/16/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 03/23/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 03/30/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 04/06/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 04/27/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.03
Wednesday 05/04/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 05/11/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 05/18/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02
Wednesday 05/25/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM TC.1.02

Contents

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

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.

Attendance requirements

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.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Lecture, case studies, guided self-study of selected textbook chapters.

Assessment

Students' performance will be assessed based on two exams, i.e. a midterm exam (30 percent) and a final exam (60 percent) and oral participation (10 percent).

Grading will be as follows: 0-49 points Nicht Genügend, 50-62 points Genügend, 63-77 points Befriedigend, 78-89 points Gut, 90-100 points Sehr Gut.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

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.

Readings

1 Author: Martin Dixon
Title: Textbook on International Law

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition: 7th
Year: 2013
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Type: Book
2 Author: Stein/von Buttlar/Kotzur
Title:

Völkerrecht


Publisher: Vahlen
Edition: 14
Remarks: recommended reading in German
Year: 2017
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
3 Author: Martin Dixon/Robert McCorquodale/Sarah Williams
Title:

Cases and Materials on International Law


Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition: 6th
Year: 2016
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
4 Author: Bernhard Kempen/Christian Hillgruber/Christoph Grabenwarter
Title:

Völkerrecht


Publisher: Vahlen
Edition: 3
Year: 2021
Recommendation: Reference literature
Type: Book
5 Author: Andreas von Arnauld
Title:

Völkerrecht


Publisher: C.F. Müller
Edition: 4. Auflage
Year: 2019
Type: Book

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

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.

Availability of lecturer(s)

See above.

Other

This course will be held in English as a presence, hybrid or online lecture via Zoom.

Additional information on MyLEARN.

Unit details

Unit Date Contents
1

Nature of International Law and the international system

2

Subjects of International Law

3

Sources of International Law

4

Sources of International Law

5

International Law and national/EU Law

6

Midterm exam (06.04.2022)

7

Use of force

8

Use of Force

9

State responsibility / Immunities from national jurisdiction

10

Peaceful settlement of disputes 

International Human Rights Law

11

Final exam (25.05.2022)

Last edited: 2022-01-12



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