1714 Principles of International Law
Univ.Prof. Dr. Monika Polzin, LL.M.
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/15/22 to 09/29/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/04/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.01
Tuesday 10/11/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.01
Thursday 10/13/22 11:00 AM - 01:30 PM TC.2.02
Tuesday 10/18/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.01
Thursday 11/03/22 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM D5.0.002
Tuesday 11/08/22 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.2.02
Tuesday 11/29/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.01
Friday 12/02/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.27
Tuesday 12/06/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.01
Tuesday 12/13/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.4.05
Tuesday 12/20/22 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.2.01

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.


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.

1 Author: Stein/von Buttlar/Kotzur


Publisher: Vahlen
Edition: 14
Remarks: recommended reading in German
Year: 2017
Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
Type: Book
2 Author: Bernhard Kempen/Christian Hillgruber/Christoph Grabenwarter


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


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

International Law

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition: 9th. ed.
Year: 2021
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
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.


This course will be held in English.

Additional information on MyLEARN.

Unit details
Unit Date Contents

Nature of International Law and the international system

Subjects of International Law


Subjects of International Law


Sources of International Law


Sources of International Law

International Law and European Union and National Law


Midterm exam (08.11.2022)


Use of force


Use of Force


State responsibility


The Peaceful Settlement of Disputes


Final exam (20.12.2022)

Last edited: 2022-07-29