Universität Wien

030516 KU International Organisations (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 60 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Exam: 14. Jänner 2021

Donnerstag 08.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 15.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 22.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 29.10. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 05.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 12.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 19.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 26.11. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 03.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 10.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 17.12. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 07.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 14.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital
Donnerstag 21.01. 09:00 - 10:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The proliferation of international (or intergovernmental) organizations is an indicator of the internationalization of social life and the interdependence of states in the early 21st century. This course will examine the principal legal issues concerning international organizations. These include the legal status and powers of organizations, issues of membership and participation, norm-creation, dispute settlement, the enforcement of decisions, peace and security activities, and finally the organizations’ privileges and immunities as well as their legal status and powers under domestic law.
At the same time, the course will also address such real world issues as the creation of international criminal courts, the “succession” of Russia to the USSR’s seat on the UN Security Council, the response to the break-up of Yugoslavia, the jurisdictional issues in the Lockerbie-case, the possibility of judicial review of acts of the UN Security Council, targeted sanctions, the success of and current threat to WTO dispute settlement, NATO action against Serbia in 1999 and against Libya in 2011, the military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq in the aftermath of 9/11, UN administration of Kosovo and East Timor, successes and failures of peacekeeping efforts, etc.
Primary consideration will be given to the development of the United Nations. Other universal organizations such as the ILO, the Bretton Woods institutions, the WTO or the ICAO, as well as regional ones such as the Council of Europe, the EU, and others will also be dealt with. This course does not try to provide a comprehensive picture of all of these organizations. Rather, it aims at helping students understand the common legal problems raised by international organizations.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

This course will be taught virtually via moodle with audio podcasts that accompany and explain the slides prepared by the lectures for each topic. It will be based on student preparation of the course’s reading materials as indicated in this syllabus. The course program is structured in the form of review questions based on these course materials. Students are supposed to prepare them in order to be in a better position to follow the podcasts.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

There will be a 2-hour written final examination on 14 January 2021



Jan Klabbers, An Introduction to International Organizations Law. Cambridge (CUP, 3rd ed., 2015) (=Klabbers).

Detailed Syllabus will be available on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:12